Activists in Salt Lake City block gas station entrances for 27 minutes to protest Exxon

Posted at 5:39 PM, Dec 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-12 19:39:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Activists blocked entrances to the Exxon gas station on 4500 South and 500 West in Salt Lake City Saturday as part of a protest.

They stood for 27 minutes, a symbol of a decision 27 years ago that they said misled the public on the negative effects of climate change.

The protesters believe scientists knew as early as 1977 that one of Exxon’s main products would heat up the planet.

“We think that if the company had made a decision, back then, to be forthright about what its own scientists were saying, then we may not be in the position we're in now,” protest organizer Paul Wickelson said.

Activists in Utah said they're just one of the many groups around the world fighting for change Saturday.