We thank the Gazette-Times, especially reporter Bennett Hall, for in-person coverage of the Nov. 21, Montana trial of Leonard Higgins.
The signers of this letter traveled to Fort Benton, Montana, with about 40 others from the Pacific Northwest, to support Leonard, an Oregon climate activist committed to nonviolence. He admitted closing an Enbridge pipeline valve in October 2016, stopping the flow of Tar-Sands oil into the United States from Canada. His not guilty plea was based on the necessity of effective, if initially symbolic, action to reduce fossil fuel use.
Despite the judge having disallowed a “necessity defense,” Leonard managed to contend his action was warranted by the environmental harm and danger to the well-being of present and especially future generations caused by fossil-fuel driven climate change. The Gazette-Times stories were fair and accurate.
Again, thank you.
Martha Clemons and Charlie Miller
Corvallis (Nov. 27)