by E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow and Founder
As appearing on the Washington Examiner

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wants Congress and the Biden administration to investigate the Trump administration for “climate corruption.”

“I am confident that a good, hard look at communications between fossil fuel interests and people who had duties to discharge in government will reveal that they failed in their duties because of pressure and inducements from the fossil fuel industry,” the Rhode Island Democrat said in a recent interview.

Whitehouse told E&E News that corruption cases would hinge on a quid pro quo, “such as [a] promise that they would be taken care of in the future.”

“When you’re as big and complicated and sophisticated as the fossil fuel sector, you don’t show up like some mope with a bag full of cash looking for a favor,” said Whitehouse.

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