Valve-Turner Conviction Gets Overturned, Breathing New Life Into “Necessity Defense”

Valve-Turner Conviction Gets Overturned, Breathing New Life Into “Necessity Defense”

A Washington state appeals court threw out the conviction of “valve-turner” Ken Ward ruling, “the trial court erred in preventing Ward from introducing evidence in support of his necessity defense,” thereby violating his constitutional rights. 

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Colorado's Anti-Oil and Gas Bill Risks Jobs, School Funding

Colorado's Anti-Oil and Gas Bill Risks Jobs, School Funding

Both the substance and the handling of a new Colorado bill to overhaul oil and natural gas regulation is raising concerns amongst Colorado voters.

SB 181, introduced last Friday by Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, House Speaker KC Becker, and Governor Jared Polis—all Democrats from Boulder—would dramatically change the functioning of the oil and natural gas industry in Colorado.

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The Connection Between “Keep It in the Ground” and the “Green New Deal”

The Connection Between “Keep It in the Ground” and the “Green New Deal”

The biggest news to come out the 2018 midterm elections is the meteoric rise of Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her Green New Deal. But if you scratch the surface, you’ll find that the Green New Deal is neither new nor “hers.”

Here are four facts you need to know about the Green New Deal.

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Thwarted by the Law, Climate Activists Turn to the Courts

Thwarted by the Law, Climate Activists Turn to the Courts

The “Keep It in the Ground” activists behind Juliana v. United States—the trial of the millennium”—are also the driving forces behind the “necessity defense” trials of the “valve turners” and other eco-terrorists—the “holy grail of climate activism.”

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The "Keep It in the Ground" Movement -- New Look, Same Mission

The "Keep It in the Ground" Movement -- New Look, Same Mission

Two years ago, “Keep It in the Ground” activists clashed violently with law enforcement in a futile effort to shut down construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. During weeks of violent #NoDAPL protests, anti-pipeline activists shot at police; pelted them with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails; and burned vehicles and construction equipment.

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Despite Losses, “Keep It in the Ground” Folks Have High Hopes for Judicial Activism

Despite Losses, “Keep It in the Ground” Folks Have High Hopes for Judicial Activism

When it comes to legal strategy, the “Keep It in the Ground” folks are taking their cue from Frank Sinatra’s hit song “High Hopes” about a “silly old ram [who] thought he’d punch a hole in a dam.”  Against all logic and multiple courtroom losses, they keep launching the same fatally flawed argument—that the courts should dictate climate policy—hoping to bust through that “billion-kilowatt dam.”

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