In a 1984 Supreme Court of Canada decision that hinged directly on necessity, then-chief justice Robert George Brian Dickson illustrated defensible law-breaking by imagining a lost alpinist who's freezing and near death when they stumble upon a mountain cabin. Surely, reasoned Dickson, the alpinist must be forgiven for breaking and entering to save their life.
“At the heart of this defence is the perceived injustice of punishing violations of the law in circumstances in which the person had no other viable or reasonable choice available,” wrote Dickson.
Forty years of carbon emissions since Dickson conjured his hypothetical alpinist, Breen and Murray say that we are all alpinists — trapped in a storm of our own making. As Breen told the court: “We’re all in jeopardy because of climate inaction.”
^ YES, PEOPLE ARE REALLY THIS STUPID.
^ IF YOU ALLOW THIS, THE MUSLIMS WILL USE THE SAME JUSTIFICATION AGAINST THE JEWS
AND THE ANTI-ABORTIONISTS AGAINST MEDICAL DOCTORS, ETC. ETC.