Trial Sep. 8th for men who blocked coal shipment

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard are seen aboard a small boat that blocked a coal shipment to Brayton Point in May of 2013. (WPRI)

BOSTON (AP) — Two men who used an old lobster boat to block a coal shipment to New England’s largest coal-burning power plant say they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the threat posed by climate change.

Environmental activists Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara say they don’t intend to dispute many of the facts in the case during their jury trial, which opens Sept. 8 in Fall River District Court in Massachusetts. Instead, they want to prove that global warming is real and that bold action is needed.

Ward and O’Hara face charges of disturbing the peace, conspiracy, failure to act to avoid a collision and negligent operation of a motor vessel for the May 2013 incident at the Brayton Point Power Station.

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