Category: Press

CDP in the Press: Coverage of the Minnesota Victory
October 10, 2018October 14, 2018
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CDP in the Press: Coverage of the Minnesota Victory

Our clients’ recent victory in Minnesota has garnered significant media attention. A Democracy Now! segment features CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs with two of the valve turners and Dr. James Hansen. Click here for part two. Here is a piece in The Nation by Wen Stephenson examining the context of the trial, and an opinion piece by Bill McKibben on...

A Climate Constitution in the Courts and the Streets
June 8, 2018June 8, 2018
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A Climate Constitution in the Courts and the Streets

Climate Defense Project’s work to promote the climate necessity defense is featured in Jeremy Brecher’s article in Common Dreams about the importance of climate legal activism. Brecher quotes CDP co-founder Ted Hamilton: Ted Hamilton of the Climate Defense Project notes that a criminal defense cannot be based solely “a constitutional right to a safe climate or on...

CDP in the Press: “These states want to make planning a pipeline protest a crime”
April 16, 2018April 16, 2018
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CDP in the Press: “These states want to make planning a pipeline protest a crime”

CDP co-founder and staff attorney Alice Cherry is quoted extensively in a ThinkProgress article on efforts by the fossil fuel industry and conservative state lawmakers to criminalize protest activity directed against the industry: “I think these bills represent an escalation,” Alice Cherry, co-founder and staff attorney of the Climate Defense Project, told ThinkProgress. “The main...

CDP in the Press: Reactions to the Outcome in the West Roxbury Case
March 28, 2018April 10, 2018
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CDP in the Press: Reactions to the Outcome in the West Roxbury Case

CDP co-founder Alice Cherry was quoted at length in a ThinkProgress article about the West Roxbury case (which you can read about on our Updates page), in which the judge accepted the activists’ necessity argument after prosecutors downgraded the charges to avoid a jury trial: “According to Alice Cherry, co-founder and staff attorney of the Climate...

“Environmental Extremism” or Necessary Response to Climate Emergency?
March 22, 2018March 22, 2018
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“Environmental Extremism” or Necessary Response to Climate Emergency?

The Intercept has a story by Alleen Brown on the Valve Turners. Climate Defense Project continues to represent this group of climate activists; on Tuesday, our client Leonard Higgins received no jail time for his part in their October 2016 action against tar sands pipelines.

CDP in the Press: Climate Change Made Me Do It: Activists Press The ‘Necessity Defense’
January 10, 2018January 10, 2018
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CDP in the Press: Climate Change Made Me Do It: Activists Press The ‘Necessity Defense’

CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs was quoted in a Forbes article on the recent progress of the climate necessity defense: “In some ways it fits very well with climate change,” said Kelsey Skaggs, a Harvard-trained lawyer and executive director of the Climate Defense Project, which supports climate activists. Defendants must prove the threat of overwhelming harm, Skaggs...

CDP in the Press: The criminalization of environmental protest in Trump’s America
December 20, 2017April 2, 2018
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CDP in the Press: The criminalization of environmental protest in Trump’s America

CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs was extensively featured in a ThinkProgress article on government and corporate crackdowns on protesters; co-founder Ted Hamilton was also quoted: “This crackdown is happening because activists have been successful, and because industry realizes that protest is a threat,” Kelsey Skaggs, executive director of the Climate Defense Project, told ThinkProgress. “We’ve seen it begin,...

CDP in the Press: Higgins found guilty of turning off pipeline valve in Chouteau County
November 28, 2017November 28, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Higgins found guilty of turning off pipeline valve in Chouteau County

CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs was quoted in an article on the trial of climate activists Leonard Higgins in Montana: “We’re disappointed that Mr Higgins was denied the opportunity to present a full defense and explain to the jury why he took his courageous action,” said Kelsey Skaggs, Executive Director of the Climate Defense Project and member of...