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Published On: Fri, Mar 11th, 2016

AG Loretta Lynch says DOJ has ‘discussed’ taking legal action against climate deniers

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified that the Justice Department has “discussed” taking civil legal action against the fossil fuel industry for “denying” the “threat of carbon emissions” when it comes to climate change.

photo/Agrant141 per wikimedia commons

photo/Agrant141 per wikimedia commons

During Lynch’s testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said that he believes there are similarities between the tobacco industry denying scientific studies showing the dangers of using tobacco and companies within the fossil fuel industry denying studies allegedly showing the threat of carbon emissions.

He added that the Justice Department during the Clinton administration brought and won a civil case against the tobacco industry, while the Obama administration has “done nothing” so far with regard to the fossil fuel industry.

“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?” Whitehouse asked.

“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,” Lynch answered. “I’m not aware of a civil referral at this time.”

MRC published a clip of the exchange, check it out below.

 Photo/Vectorportal via wikimedia commons

Photo/Vectorportal via wikimedia commons

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