A broad coalition of community groups along with prominent leaders from the nation\u0026#039;s top civil rights, environmental, and indigeneous people\u0026#039;s movements on Friday sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Justice demanding a federal investigation into allegations that oil giant ExxonMobil knew about the role fossil fuels played in driving climate change since the 1970s but concealed that information—and later sought to discredit those issuing warnings—in order to protect its own financial interests.\u0022Anyone who’s lived through 25 years of phony climate debate, or who’s seen the toll climate change is already taking on the most vulnerable communities, has been seething at these revelations.\u0022 —Bill McKibben, 350.orgAddressed to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the letter cites recent reporting by the Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News—both of which offered devastating details into the manner and scope of the decades-long public deceit—and argues that a DOJ probe is warranted to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against the energy behemoth.\u0022Given the damage that has already occurred from climate change—particularly in the poorest communities of our nation and our planet—and that will certainly occur going forward, these revelations should be viewed with the utmost apprehension,\u0022 the letter states. \u0022They are reminiscent—though potentially much greater in scale—than similar revelations about the tobacco industry.\u0022Kicked off by the investigative reporting and spearheaded by 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben—who staged a one-person civil disobedience action earlier this month to draw attention to the issue—the call for a federal investigation has been growing over recent weeks.\u0022Despite Exxon’s wealth and power, people were eager to sign on to this statement,\u0022 McKibben said on Friday. \u0022Anyone who’s lived through 25 years of phony climate debate, or who’s seen the toll climate change is already taking on the most vulnerable communities, has been seething at these revelations. It reminds me of the spirit at the start of the Keystone battle.\u0022 Just over two weeks ago, U.S. Reps. from California Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek) also wrote a letter to Lynch demanding an investigation and specifically called for RICO statutes to be used to determine whether or not the behavior of Exxon constituted a criminal conspiracy.\u0026nbsp;\u0022If these allegations against Exxon are true, then Exxon\u0026#039;s actions were immoral,\u0022 Lieu and DeSaulnier wrote to the attorney general. \u0022We request the DOJ investigate whether ExxonMobil\u0026#039;s actions were also illegal.\u0022Initiating a public petition campaign to bolster their call for the DOJ probe, McKibben sent a letter to members of 350.org on Friday morning in which he stated \u0022very few things truly piss me off,\u0022 but that in his mind it seems that no corporation has ever \u0022done anything bigger and badder\u0022 than what ExxonMobil has done in this case.\u0022Just think how much would be different if Exxon had told the truth,\u0022 he continued. \u0022We wouldn’t fully have solved global warming but we’d be well on the way—there would have been no 25 year phony pretend debate. There\u0026#039;d be a lot more solar panels, and a lot less carbon in the air. There\u0026#039;d be a lot more green jobs, and a lot fewer communities, most of them low income and communities of color, dealing with the terrible health impacts of pollution. None of you would have had to fight simply to get climate change taken seriously; instead we’d all be hard at work on solutions.\u0022\u0026nbsp;That, of course, is not how the last four decades have played out and for that, he stated, \u0022I think we should be angry.\u0022The full text of Friday\u0026#039;s letter and list of signatories follows:Dear Attorney General Lynch,As leaders of some of the nation’s environmental, indigenous peoples and civil rights groups, we’re writing to ask that you initiate a federal probe into the conduct of ExxonMobil. New revelations in the Los Angeles Times and the Pulitzer-prize-winning InsideClimate News strongly suggest that the corporation knew about the dangers of climate change even as it funded efforts at climate denial and systematically misled the public.Given the damage that has already occurred from climate change—particularly in the poorest communities of our nation and our planet—and that will certainly occur going forward, these revelations should be viewed with the utmost apprehension. They are reminiscent—though potentially much greater in scale—than similar revelations about the tobacco industry.These journalists have provided a remarkable roadmap to this corporation’s potential misconduct. We would ask that you follow that map wherever it may lead, employing all the tools at your disposal to uncover the truth. Signed, Margie Alt, Executive Director of Environment AmericaKenny Ausubel, Nina Simons, Founders of BioneersSally Bingham, President and Founder of Interfaith Power and Light May Boeve, Bill McKibben, Founders of 350.orgMichael Brune, Executive Director of Sierra ClubRobert Bullard, Author and John Muir Award winner, 2013Andrea Carmen, Executive Director of International Indian Treaty CouncilFaith Gemmill, Executive Director of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands)Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of Indigenous Environmental NetworkJames Hansen, Director, Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program, Columbia University Earth InstituteReverend Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenfaithDavid Helvarg, Executive Director of Blue Frontier Gene Karpinski, President of League of Conservation VotersJane Kleeb, Bold NebraskaSteve Kretzmann, Executive Director and Founder of Oil Change InternationalFred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense FundWinona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the EarthAnnie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USARL Miller, President of Climate Hawks VoteMatt Nelson, Managing Director of Presente.orgBrant Olson, Campaign Director at Climate TruthErich Pica, President of Friends of the EarthCindy Shogan, Executive Director of Alaska Wilderness LeagueReverend Fred Small, President of Creation CoalitionGus Speth, Former Dean Yale School of Forestry and the EnvironmentTom Steyer, Founder of NextGenRhea Suh, President of the Natural Resources Defense CouncilVien Truong, Director of Green for AllJoe Uehlein, Executive Director of Labor Network for SustainabilityTripp Van Noppen, President of EarthjusticeDavid Yarnold, President of the Audubon SocietyReverend Lennox Yearwood, President of Hip Hop CaucusTrip Van Nopen, Earth JusticeRich Stolz, Executive Director of OneAmericaResilience Collaborative, LLCA Philip Randolph InstituteGreen AmericaEnergy Action CoalitionDivest Invest IndividualBean Soup TimesEcumenical Poverty InitiativeBeats Rhymes \u0026amp; ReliefFreddie Gray ProjectBeloved Community CenterNeighbors United of Southeast Greensboro, NCThe Foundation of Women in Hip HopThe Gathering for Justice/Justice League NYCJ Dilla FoundationJ.A.M.N.that revelations that the company knew about climate change as early as the 1970s, but chose to mislead the public about the crisis in order to maximize their profits from fossil fuels.