An oil train through downtown Seattle
Photo credit: Marcus R. Donner/Puget Sound Business Journal
– “Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense”
“Five climate justice activists go on trial in Washington state today [Monday, January 11, 2016] for tying themselves to a 25-foot tripod structure to block a mile-long oil train. The protesters, members of the activist group Rising Tide Seattle, demanded a halt of shipments of fossil fuels through the Northwest following a string of derailments in the US and Canada. In an unprecedented move, the presiding judge will allow the defendants to argue their actions were necessary because of the threat of climate change. We speak with Abby Brockway, one of the members of the Delta 5, and Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, who spent 21 months in federal custody for posing as a bidder in 2008 to prevent oil and gas drilling on thousands of acres of public land in his home state of Utah,” quoting Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Interview.
– UPDATE: January 14, 2016
“Oil Train Civil Disobedience Case Puts Climate Destruction on Trial, a First in the US”
“The historic Delta 5 oil train trial playing out in a courtroom north of Seattle this week is more than a case about climate disobedience and whether it’s justified. The small county courtroom, squeezed between a community college, miles of strip malls and highway choke points, has become a learning lab about elementary civics, corporate power and the limits of modern government. All are on the table as the Delta 5 and their attorneys state the case for “bold climate action” and wage a first of its kind legal battle to win over both the jury and the judge.”
By Martha Baskin, Truthout.