Letter: Heroes in climate change fight

Last modified: 9/13/2014 10:36:01 AM
I am feeling encouraged today as a person very concerned about climate change.

I have just returned from Fall River, Mass., to support Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward. They were arrested for using a small lobster boat to block a 40,000 ton shipment of coal to the Brayton Point electricity generating power plant in May 2013.

Their trial was scheduled for Oct. 8 and 9, but a settlement was reached and they were each asked to pay $2,000 in restitution.

Although Ken and Jay were exonerated of any criminal action, they didn’t achieve their goal of shutting down the coal plant. It is currently burning twice as much coal as it was a couple of years ago, and it is not scheduled to shut down until June 2017.

The best part of the day was the public statement by District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter, who spoke to the crowd of about 100 supporters outside the courthouse after the settlement was signed. He said climate change is the most important problem facing the world today. We are at a crisis point, and our government is not taking adequate actions in response to it. Because Jay and Ken had the larger interests of the planet at heart, he dropped all criminal charges against them.



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