Sanders Vows, If Elected, to Pursue Criminal Charges Against Fossil Fuel CEOs for Knowingly ‘Destroying the Planet’ | Common Dreams News
During an MSNBC climate town hall at Georgetown University on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said, if elected president in 2020, he would pursue criminal charges against fossil fuel executives for knowingly accelerating the ecological crisis while sowing doubt about the science to the American public.
“Duh, of course I would,” Sanders said when asked by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes if, as president, he would take legal action against fossil fuel companies.
“They knew that it was real,” Sanders said, referring to fossil fuel CEOs’ awareness of the climate crisis. “Their own scientists told them that it was real. What do you do to people who lied in a very bold-faced way, lied to the American people, lied to the media? How do you hold them accountable?”
“What do you do if executives knew that the product they were producing was destroying the planet, and they continue to do it?” the senator continued. “Do you think that that might be subject to criminal charges? Well, I think it’s something we should look at.”