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Elizabeth Warren would put lying fossil fuel executives in jail under new presidential proposal

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren just unveiled her latest presidential plan — and she isn't holding anything back when it comes to holding the country's biggest polluters accountable. In the plan, titled Fighting Corporate Perjury, the 2020 presidential hopeful explains why "fossil fuel companies like Exxon shouldn't be able to pour money into fake junk science, then use it to lie to federal regulators." When you put it that way, it sounds like a no-brainer, doesn't it?

Warren published Fighting Corporate Perjury on her website on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and she began the document by criticizing ExxonMobil for misleading the public about the effects of fossil fuels on climate change. As she explained, even though the oil and gas company's scientists had done extensive research and discovered this connection in 1977, Exxon chose to keep that information from the public, and instead spend millions of dollars on climate denial research to make sure the public was uninformed on oil's effect on the planet. But what is most concerning to Warren are the allegations that Exxon has lied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — a government agency — about the severity of the climate crisis, up until 2009.