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Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense


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Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense

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Five climate justice activists went on trial in Washington state on Monday 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 U.S. 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.