Thursday, October 1, 2015

Prosecute Exxon for Deliberate Climate Denial

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Brad Johnson, a MoveOn member in Miami, FL, and I started a petition to Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General and President Barack Obama , which says:

Launch a RICO prosecution of Exxon and its fellow fossil-fuel companies for deliberate and malicious climate deception.

The Pulitzer-winning "Inside Climate News" is running a blockbuster series with incontrovertible evidence—pulled from Exxon's own archives—that the oil giant's top executives were warned of possible catastrophe from greenhouse pollution, then led efforts to block solutions.

Documents show that Exxon's own scientists were aware of and studying the dangerous impacts of greenhouse gases in the 1970s and 1980s—until Exxon's leadership decided to shut down the research and promote climate denial instead, in order to protect the company's unfathomably large profits.

We've known for years that the oil industry finances the climate-denial network of politicians, think tanks, and right-wing media in order to protect their gargantuan profits, but now we have sufficient evidence of deliberate deceit to make a federal investigation happen.

The United States Department of Justice has the power to prosecute Exxon's deliberate deception under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act—just as DOJ sued the tobacco industry for knowingly lying about the dangers of cigarette smoking.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Brad Johnson

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