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  • British Court: Climate danger 'justifies power station damage'

    I sincerely hope we never reach this level of idiocy in American courts, but I'm sure not holding my breath.

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...-26040,00.html
    Climate danger 'justifies power station damage' caused by environmental activists
    September 12, 2008

    LONDON: The fight for the planet has broken new ground, with a British jury acquitting environmental activists who caused more than pound stg. 35,000 ($76,000) worth of damage to a coal-fired power station.

    In a decision that will send chills down corporate spines across Britain, the jury decided the dangers of global warming were so enormous that the Greenpeace campaigners were justified in trying to close down Kingsnorth power station in Kent. Jurors at Maidstone Crown Court cleared the six activists of criminal damage, accepting they had a "lawful excuse" to damage the Kingsnorth property to try to prevent the even greater damage of climate change, British newspaper The Independent reported yesterday.

    The defence of "lawful excuse" under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 allows damage to be caused to property to prevent even greater damage -- such as breaking down the door of a burning building to put out the fire.

    One of the world's leading climate scientists, James Hansen, flew in from the US to testify at the trial, where he appealed to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown personally to rethink Britain's plans for coal-fired energy.

    The acquittal was the second time in a decade that the "lawful excuse" defence has been successfully used by Greenpeace activists, The Independent reported. In 1999, 28 Greenpeace campaigners were cleared of criminal damage after destroying an experimental field of GM crops in Norfolk. In each case, the damage was not disputed -- the point at issue was the motive.

    The Kingsnorth climbers had planned to paint "Gordon, bin it" in huge letters on the side of the power-station's chimney, but although they succeeded in temporarily shutting the station, they only got as far as painting the word "Gordon" on the chimney before they descended, having been threatened with a High Court injunction. Removing the graffiti cost the energy company E.ON pound stg. 35,000, the court heard.

    Their aim, the activists said during the trial, was to rein in carbon emissions and pressure the Government and energy companies.

    They insisted their action had caused the minimum amount of damage necessary to close the plant down and constituted a "proportionate response" to the increasing environmental threat.

  • #2
    England desperately needs to redefine the defense of necessity. It is supposedly to apply only in emergencies. Given that there was plenty of time for recourse to the government and in the courts, the defense could not apply.

    I hope that the activists can be sued successfully in a civil court, where the trial probably would be before a judge.
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      Wow. The deserve everything they get with stupid decisions like that.

      So, if a group of folks can link the Queen with global warming, is it OK to kick her in the shins??? But what else can one expect from a nation that bans it's citizens from owning firearms??

      Scarry!!

      (Attn: UK members of this forum, not bashing the people, just the Government!)
      LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP BEER!

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      • #4
        Wow. The deserve everything they get with stupid decisions like that.

        So, if a group of folks can link the Queen with global warming, is it OK to kick her in the shins??? But what else can one expect from a nation that bans it's citizens from owning firearms??

        (Attn: UK members of this forum, not bashing the people, just the legal decisions!)
        LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP BEER!

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        • #5
          This was the decision of the jury. I imagine the instructions to the jury were poorly framed.
          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            One way to reduce global warming would be to reduce the number of humans -- such as by killing the Greenpeace activits. I wonder if that would be justified, too.
            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
            Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DAL View Post
              This was the decision of the jury. I imagine the instructions to the jury were poorly framed.
              Yeah, I'm not sure how painting "Gordon bin it" on a smokestack is supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Hope they used low-VOC paint with natural pigments) The article says the plant was shut down but doesn't explain how, or why. Looks like the Crown was out-lawyered.

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              • #8
                This is why western civilization is in decline.
                The liberal politician has the only job where they go to the office to work for everyone but those who pay their salary.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DAL View Post
                  One way to reduce global warming would be to reduce the number of humans -- such as by killing the Greenpeace activits. I wonder if that would be justified, too.
                  thats good!
                  The liberal politician has the only job where they go to the office to work for everyone but those who pay their salary.

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                  • #10
                    Just wait until the power company adds a monthly "greenpeace surcharge."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nr5667 View Post
                      Just wait until the power company adds a monthly "greenpeace surcharge."
                      Hey, they're going to have to pay for it somehow, why not call it what it is?

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