The Republicans in New York chided their Democrat colleagues and environmental activists for equating climate change to 9/11.
The Republicans said using 9/11 to advance a political agenda is not right.
On Tuesday a group of lawmakers was photographed holding a large sign showing a silhouetted plane labeled “climate change” aimed at the World Trade Center.
“This shameful use of 9/11 imagery offends every New Yorker,” Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport) tweeted along with a photo of Democratic Sens. Robert Jackson and Rachael May standing behind the sign.
The Democrat pair earlier joined hundreds of protesters rallying outside the state Capitol to seek $15 billion in climate change funds to be included in New York’s budget.
The protest rally was reportedly spearheaded by NY Renews, a coalition of more than 300 community, labor, environmental justice, faith, and climate groups.
The protesters argued that the $15 billion requests would help mitigate the effects of climate change for vulnerable communities and create green jobs by expanding renewable energy and investing in public transportation and other projects.
In view of the backlash from certain sectors, Jackson, who represents parts of upper Manhattan has apologized for his political ploy.
“As an NYC native who continues to be personally impacted by the events of that horrific day, I sincerely apologize to anyone who might be confused by any political ploy to mischaracterize my actions,” Jackson tweeted.