Category: Press

CDP in the Press: Explaining the Necessity Defense
October 25, 2017October 26, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Explaining the Necessity Defense

CDP’s Alice Cherry was quoted in an Associated Press article describing the history and use of the necessity defense by climate activists and others. The article also mentions Climate Defense Project’s resources on the necessity defense. Check it out here. It was first attempted in a U.S. environmental case in 2009 when a climate change...

CDP in the Press: CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs Featured in KPFA Interview
October 23, 2017October 26, 2017
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CDP in the Press: CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs Featured in KPFA Interview

CDP Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs was featured in an interview with Christina Aanestad on KPFA, a Northern California radio station, this morning. Other individuals interviewed as part of the broadcast include Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and Annette Klapstein, one of the defendants in the Shut It Down action. You can check out the full...

CDP in the Press: Media Coverage of North Dakota Trial
October 13, 2017October 14, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Media Coverage of North Dakota Trial

CDP attorney Alice Cherry was a member of the legal team defending activists Michael Foster and Samuel Jessup in their recent trial in North Dakota, which ended in convictions after experts on climate science and civil disobedience were barred from testifying. Michael Foster was a “valve turner” who turned off the flow of tar sands...

CDP in the Press: Activists in 4-state pipeline protest embrace unique defense
October 2, 2017October 18, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Activists in 4-state pipeline protest embrace unique defense

The Associated Press covered the Shut It Down trials, including the North Dakota case of Michael Foster, and discussed at length the climate necessity defense. “The necessity defense is popular among environmental activists. The Climate Defense Project even offers an educational guide on what it calls an area of the law that is ‘developing rapidly.'”...

CDP in the Press: The Dakota Access Pipeline Lawsuit
August 23, 2017August 23, 2017
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CDP in the Press: The Dakota Access Pipeline Lawsuit

CDP co-founder Ted Hamilton was quoted in ThinkProgress article on Energy Transfer Partner’s lawsuit against environmental groups: “This suit is part of a rising tendency on the part of government and industry to demonize activists and to criminalize free speech activity,” Ted Hamilton, co-founder of the Climate Defense Project, a non-profit environmental interest group not involved with...

CDP in the Press: Montana Valve-Turner Trial
May 8, 2017May 8, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Montana Valve-Turner Trial

The Corvallis, Oregon Gazette-Times featured a piece on climate activist Leonard Higgins. The article quotes CDP’s Kelsey Skaggs on the climate necessity defense: “If there has ever been a political problem that seems to fit within the contours of the necessity defense, climate change is it,” said Kelsey Skaggs, [Climate Defense Project’s] executive director. “Civil...