Professor: ‘Climate-change deniers deserve punishment’
Michael E. Kraft ([email protected]) is a professor emeritus of political science and public and environmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
'Those who intentionally misled the public about climate change should be held accountable.'
Members of Congress have asked the Justice Department to pursue charges under RICO against major fossil fuel companies for knowingly deceiving the public — and investors — about the dangers of climate change when their own studies showed the reality of the threat. Under questioning by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Attorney General Loretta Lynch revealed she has referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for study.
In addition, in late March, more than a dozen state attorneys general meeting in New York also said they would “aggressively” investigate whether fossil fuel companies misled the public and investors about the risks of climate change. Several state attorneys general already have initiated such investigations under consumer and investor protection laws.