How desperate are the Left-wing authoritarians in the Obama administration getting to push their global warming/climate change hoax? Desperate enough, apparently, to consider prosecuting anyone who dares to question their climate change orthodoxy, even if they do so with facts on their side.
According to The Blaze, Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before a congressional committee recently that yes, her ‘Justice’ Department has indeed “discussed” taking civil legal actions against the fossil fuel industry for “denying” that the “threat of carbon emissions” is real when it comes to climate change.
During her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., just happened to mention that he believes there are similarities between the tobacco industry denying scientific studies proving the dangers of using tobacco (a familiar line of Left-wing attack, by the way) and fossil fuel companies denying studies that are alleged to show the treat of carbon emissions.
Sheldon went on to note that under President Bill Clinton, the Justice Department brought a civil case that it won against the tobacco industry, while so far the Obama administration has “done nothing” in regards to the fossil fuel industry.
The White House concluded his comments by posing a question to the Justice Department’s top official.
“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?” he 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.”
You need to understand this amounts to a direct frontal assault on the oil and gas industries.
It’s no secret that President Obama is not a fan of the carbon fuels industry, despite the fact that 1) it is cheap to mine and produce, which means 2) it is in abundant, which means further 3) it is affordable for most Americans. If you doubt that – and, really, only sycophantic Obama supporters would doubt it – you needn’t look any farther than his recent defense of massive new carbon regulations issued (at his direction) by the Environmental Protection Agency.
These are expensive new rules that, if found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and subsequently enforced, will cause a number of power plants that burn coal to close, meaning higher electric rates (something else Obama foretold) and less reliable service, meaning potential brown- and blackouts. And what’s more, even the EPA’s director, Gina McCarthy, has admitted that the extensive, expensive new rules will not produce measurable results:
The value of this rule is not measured in that way. (Temperature impact) It is measured in showing strong domestic action which can actually trigger global action to address what’s a necessary action to protect…I’m not disagreeing that this action in and of itself will not make all the difference we need to address climate action, but what I’m saying is that if we don’t take action domestically we will never get started and we’ll never…
Then why do this at all?
The fact is there is no evidence that fossil fuels are causing climate change. Quite simply, throughout Earth’s history, climate has always changed, even before there were any factories, SUV’s or coal-fired power plants. What’s more, the compound that climate change hoaxers claim is causing the problem – CO2 – is vital to life on the planet.
A plan like this – actually taking legal action against the industry over a phony “issue” that has never been proven and cannot be proven – would destroy the industry. But then maybe that’s what Obama and Lynch have had as their objective all along.