Reprinted from The Nation
A few weeks before the last great international climate conference -- 2009, in Copenhagen -- the e-mail accounts of a few climate scientists were hacked and reviewed for incriminating evidence suggesting that global warming was a charade. Eight separate investigations later concluded that there was literally nothing to "Climategate," save a few sentences taken completely out of context -- but by that time, endless, breathless media accounts about the "scandal" had damaged the prospects for any progress at the conference.
This scandal -- traveling under the hashtag #exxonknew -- is just beginning to build. The Inside Climate News series of six pieces is set to conclude this week and be published as a book, but the LA Times apparently has far more reporting waiting to be released. Already members of Congress -- Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier of California -- and presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders have called on the Department of Justice to investigate, comparing it to the predations of the tobacco industry.
Should the DOJ muster its courage to go after this most profitable and connected of companies, the roadmap is already well laid out by the two investigations.