Sanders joins calls for Justice to investigate ExxonMobil over climate change


Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders joined two other Democratic lawmakers in calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate ExxonMobil over a report the company knew burning fossil fuels would harm the environment and hid the results.

The Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News reported in a story earlier this month that the company knew in July 1977 that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels would warm the planet. After 10 years of exploring the problem, ExxonMobil — then just Exxon — decided to "engage in a campaign of denial and disinformation," lawmakers charged.

In a letter sent Tuesday, Sanders called ExxonMobil's actions a possible example of corporate fraud that could have violated federal law. Last week, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Mass., sent a similar letter to Lynch.

"These reports, if true, raise serious allegations of a misinformation campaign that may have caused public harm similar to the tobacco industry's actions — conduct that led to federal racketeering convictions," Sanders wrote.