Are you skeptical about climate change? Don’t say it too loudly, otherwise the Justice Department might attempt to sue you in civil court.
The United States’ top lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the Justice Department has ‘discussed’ the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the fossil fuel industry. She said any information her office has received has been sent to the FBI in a bid to build a case. Her comments came as she was questioned by Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island.
He compared the climate change deniers to members of the tobacco industry – the advocates the Clinton administration won a racketeering case against. Whitehouse 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?’
In response, Lynch replied: ‘Senator, thank you for raising that issue, and thank you for your work in this area. I know your commitment is deep. ‘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.’
Even though the scientific community is far from a consensus on global warming, our own Justice Department -led by Loretta Lynch- wants to prosecute those who openly disagree with the radical environmental agenda.
This is the woman that Supreme Court experts predict President Obama will nominate to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the bench. For the sake of free speech, Republicans cannot allow that to happen.