September 12, 2008

Everybody Hertz

The dark ages will soon be making a comeback over there:

The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than 35,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station, a jury decided yesterday. In a verdict that will have shocked ministers and energy companies the jury at Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage.

Jurors accepted defence arguments that the six had a "lawful excuse" to damage property at Kingsnorth power station in Kent to prevent even greater damage caused by climate change. 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 house to tackle a fire.

The not-guilty verdict, delivered after two days and greeted with cheers in the courtroom, raises the stakes for the most pressing issue on Britain's green agenda and could encourage further direct action.

Direct action, luddite vandalism. Potato, potahto. Suffice it to say that the future will be a bad time to want electricity in the UK.

Posted by Charles Austin at September 12, 2008 04:56 PM