Will Obama Prosecute Climate-Deniers?

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As we’ve seen over the last few years, liberals are only willing to wait so long for social change. Whether it’s gun control, gay marriage, or abortion, they spend a few years using propaganda and politics to get what they want and when that doesn’t work, they simply go ahead and use the power of the federal government to hurry things along. And if they don’t have that power, they make it up.

Judging by a disturbing exchange between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a Rhode Island senator, Democrats may be on the verge of turning their blunt hammer of socialism to the subject of climate change. They tried to do it with documentaries, Hollywood blockbusters, celebrity spokespeople, and the president’s bully pulpit, but now they’re getting impatient. No matter how many dire predictions they make about the future, Americans are not going to sacrifice jobs, cheap energy, and modern civilization for the sake of the polar ice caps.

So on Wednesday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Lynch if she would be willing to treat Exxon like Philip Morris.

“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,” Whitehouse said. “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.”

Whitehouse went on to ask Lynch if her Justice Department might be willing to bring civil or criminal charges against the fossil fuel industry for their “climate denial.”

Lynch hedged while admitting that it had been a topic of conversation inside the administration.

“This matter has been discussed,” she said. “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.”

So there you go. Lynch won’t investigate Planned Parenthood, but she’s perfectly open to the possibility of bringing racketeering charges against America’s oil companies.

Technological innovation is almost certainly going to make fossil fuels obsolete within a hundred years, but that’s not good enough for the Democrats. Not because they are scared to death of climate change, but because they are using this issue to expand the power of the federal government. It’s an excuse, and that’s all it is. For evidence, look at how vehemently they attack fracking. Natural gas is increasing our energy independence and accomplishing many of the same climate goals the Democrats claim to cherish. But since it’s coming from the private sector, they demonize it. The solution has to come from the top or they don’t want it.

No one gets jazzed about standing up for Big Oil, but this isn’t about protecting rich energy executives. These psycho liberals will be happy to destroy our entire economy to solidify their own power, and they are getting extremely close to doing just that.