Conservatives everywhere are terrified this week after Attorney General Loretta Lynch revealed she is considering taking legal action against climate change deniers.
According to Daily Mail, Lynch told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Obama’s Justice Department has “discussed” the possibility of filing a civil lawsuit against the fossil fuel industry. She said her office has received information on this that has been sent to the FBI so that she can build a case.
Lynch made the comments as she was being questioned by Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island, who compared the climate change deniers to members of the tobacco industry. Here’s what he said:
“The similarities between the mischief of the tobacco industry pretending that the science of tobacco’s dangers was unsettled and the fossil fuel industry pretending that the science of carbon emissions’ dangers is unsettled has been remarked on widely, particularly by those who study the climate denial apparatus that the fossil fuel industry has erected.
Under President Clinton, the Department of Justice brought and won a civil RICO action against the tobacco industry for its fraud. Under President Obama, the Department of Justice has done nothing so far about the climate denial scheme.
A request for action by the Department of Justice has been referred by you to the FBI. My question to you is other than civil forfeitures and matters attendant to a criminal case, are there other circumstances in which a civil matter under the authority of the Department of Justice has been referred to the FBI?”
“Senator, thank you for raising that issue, and thank you for your work in this area. I know your commitment is deep,” Lynch responded. “This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on. I’m not aware of a civil referral at this time.”
“I will look into that and get back to you, but I’m not aware of a civil referral outside of the one that you just raised,” she added.
This is just the latest in a long line of attempts made by the Obama administration to silence the president’s conservative naysayers. SHARE this story if you think it is WRONG to prosecute climate change deniers!