Loretta Lynch is considering taking legal action against climate change deniers.
The U.S. Attorney General is not reportedly going to go after members of the American public who don’t buy into the climate change (previously known as global warming) argument, but rather after the energy industry and all the jobs such companies represent.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 9, 2016
Loretta Lynch is so seriously thinking about filing a civil lawsuit against the fossil fuels industry that she said all supporting documents her office has received that can help build a case have been sent to the FBI, a Daily Mail report notes.
Lynch made the climate change deniers lawsuit threat during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. The shocking revelation came as the Attorney General was being questioned by Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island.
“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,” the Rhode Island Democrat added. “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?”
After telling Whitehouse that she knows of his deep commitment on the climate change issue, Loretta Lynch said the FBI is currently considering if the fossil fuels industry information her office has received meets the threshold necessary to prompt legal action.
“Senator, thank you for raising that issue, and thank you for your work in this area. I know your commitment is deep,” Lynch replied in response.
“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,” the Attorney General said.
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According to a Climate Central report, scientists have created a new “carbon budget” in an effort to thwart global warming from increasing by more than 3.6 degrees. The move coincides with the Paris climate change agreement of 2015. The carbon budget will reportedly address how much carbon can be emitted before the levels will allegedly enhance into “catastrophic territory.”
The current carbon emissions estimates range from approximately 590 gigatons to 2,390 gigatons. In 2015, emissions were 40 gigatons. Maintaining current levels would burst the carbon budget in six decades, some global warming scientists claim.
The Senator further questioned Lynch to find out if the United States is currently the plaintiff, within the Justice Department division, in connection to a civil division case filing at the FBI. The Attorney General asked if he wanted the question to be answered specific to the climate change matter. Whitehouse said it was an open question about any DOJ and FBI civil case, the Blaze reports.
Some politics watchers have stated on social media that the Democrat Senator may have been fishing for details about any possible filings related to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Lynch stated that she could give him “that information right now.”
What do you think about the Attorney General considering suing climate change deniers in the energy industry?
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