“Fossil fuel executives should be criminally prosecuted for the destruction they have knowingly caused,” Democrat presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared Thursday in a tweet promoting his “Green New Deal” plan.
“The climate crisis is about the survival of this planet. We cannot go far enough or be too aggressive on this issue,” Sanders added in a separate post.
Indeed, according to the “Green New Deal” posted on his campaign website, Sen. Sanders “promises to go further than any other presidential candidate” – including prosecution of greedy “fossil fuel billionaires,” a promise the plan highlights in bold:
“We cannot accomplish any of these goals without taking on the fossil fuel billionaires whose greed lies at the very heart of the climate crisis. These executives have spent hundreds of millions of dollars protecting their profits at the expense of our future, and they will do whatever it takes to squeeze every last penny out of the Earth. Bernie promises to go further than any other presidential candidate in history to end the fossil fuel industry’s greed, including by making the industry pay for its pollution and prosecuting it for the damage it has caused.”
Later in his “Green New Deal,” Sen. Sanders details his plan to investigate fossil fuel companies and “bring suits – both criminal and civil” against them, “just as the federal government did with the tobacco industry”:
“Prosecute and sue the fossil fuel industry for the damage it has caused. When it was revealed in 2015 that the fossil fuel industry knew their actions were contributing to climate change decades ago, Bernie sent a letter to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to open a federal investigation to find out whether the industry violated the law. President Bernie Sanders will ensure that his Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigate these companies and bring suits — both criminal and civil — for any wrongdoing, just as the federal government did with the tobacco industry in the 1980s. These corporations and their executives should not get away with hiding the truth from the American people. They should also pay damages for the destruction they have knowingly caused.”