This devil of an administration is going beyond political correctness to outright thought crime.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on March 9, 2016 on Department of Justice (DOJ) operations, Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged there have been discussions within the DOJ about possibly pursuing civil action against so-called “climate change” deniers.

The Legal Dictionary defines “civil action” as a lawsuit brought to enforce, redress, or protect rights of private litigants—the plaintiffs and the defendants—not a criminal proceeding.

Note: “Climate change” is the new expression for what used to be called global warming. I don’t know who gave the marching orders for “global warming” to be substituted by “climate change” — an expression that is empty of meaning because the climate changes all the time.

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Melanie Hunter reports for CNSNews that it was Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) who raised the issue at the hearing by drawing a comparison between possible civil action against climate change deniers and civil action that the Clinton administration pursued against the tobacco industry for claiming that the science behind the dangers of tobacco was unsettled. Whitehouse said:

“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. 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. A request for action by the Department of Justice has been referred by you to the FBI. 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?”

Lynch said, “Senator, thank you for raising that issue, and thank you for your work in this area. I know your commitment is deep. 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. I’m not aware of a civil referral at this time. I will look into that and get back to you, but I’m not aware of a civil referral outside of the one that you just raised.”

Whitehouse asked, “Are there any civil cases with the United States as plaintiff within DOJ’s civil division in which the FBI is preparing the case for the civil division [regarding climate change issues]?”

Lynch replied, “I couldn’t give you that information right now in terms of whether or not.” To which Whitehouse said, “I will take that as a question for the record.”

That the Obama administration had even discussed suing “climate change” deniers should set off every alarm bell in this country.

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H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

Dr. Eowyn’s post previously appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.