Category: Press

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, 2017April 2, 2018
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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, 2017April 2, 2018
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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...

CDP Author: Here’s How Eco-Activists Can Fight Trump
February 6, 2017April 24, 2017
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CDP Author: Here’s How Eco-Activists Can Fight Trump

Activist Ken Ward admits he broke the law when he shut off a tar sands pipeline, but the surprising outcome of his trial suggests a path forward for environmentalists opposing Trump. An article by Ted Hamilton for The Daily Beast.

CDP in the Press: Just in Time for Trump, Jury Says Defense of Planet Is No Crime
February 2, 2017April 24, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Just in Time for Trump, Jury Says Defense of Planet Is No Crime

CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs was quoted in a Common Dreams article on Ken Ward’s hung jury: Not only does this ruling bode well for the future “valve turner” trials, but it also could impact other activists who plan to confront the Trump administration with increasingly direct civil disobedience. “The failure of the prosecution’s case shows that...