“We should try fossil-fuel executives for crimes against humanity.”

Putting a name and a face to the global warming villains

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Sat, Feb 9th, 2019 11:18 by capnasty NEWS

On Jacobin magazine, Kate Aronoff argues that while recent legal action against fossil fuel companies is welcome, the next logical step would be to try fossil-fuel executives for crimes against humanity.

Let’s call this what it is: an atmosphere of impunity for atrocity. At the very least, the fossil-fuel industry should be barred from international climate negotiations and any national-level climate policymaking discussions, just like the tobacco industry and its emissaries are barred from World Health Organization talks. In the US, that ban should include the congresspeople on both sides of the aisle that the industry deputizes to act on their behalf with hefty campaign contributions. There were more than a few good reasons, after all, that the Allies didn’t invite Hitler to weigh in on their strategy for crushing the Nazis.

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