NASA scientist James Hansen testified during day five of the trial of some climate activists in the UK...on their behalf. He made clear that they were not the criminals here.
- Felicity Gerry QC, barrister for the prosecution, describing the plan to shut down the power station.
- Felicity Gerry QC making a slightly incomprehensible point when she stated that ‘we all know what Jim Hansen’s going to say: that coal is bad and we’re all going to die’ – yes, thank you, he is of course the expert witness and may just have a point.
- The prosecution unveiled the 114’s attention to health and safety when describing all the equipment, such as first aid kits, respiratory masks, gas detectors amongst many other items.
- And finally, Raymond Smith, plant manager at Ratcliffe-on-Soar at the time of the arrest and first witness for the prosecution, admitted that the power station’s decision to use coal is based on it being the most profitable source of fuel, superseding any environmental concerns.
- For a more comprehensive review of what has happened so far, just check out the defendants’ website on http://ratcliffeontrial.org.