The prospect may sound like a concept taken straight from the pages of George Orwell’s “1984,” but it’s an actual conversation that took place between liberal Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican confirmed Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

During a Senate Judiciary hearing, Senator Whitehouse said the following:

The similarities between the mischief of the tobacco industry pretending that the science of tobaccos dangers was unsettled and the fossil fuel industry pretending that the science of carbon emissions dangers is unsettled has been remarked on widely, particularly by those who study the climate denial apparatus that the fossil fuel industry has erected.

Under President Clinton, the Department of Justice brought and won a civil RICO action against the tobacco industry for its fraud. Under President Obama, the Department of Justice has done nothing so far about the climate denial scheme.

If you made it through that nonsense you may be telling yourself, “These people can’t be serious!”

Sadly, this is the agenda of the far left, one that American conservatives have known about all along. Absurd taxation schemes (such as cap and trade) and public ridicule are just a few of the tools in the Progressive toolbox.

It’s no longer enough to bully and tax — the next step in their playbook is to bring criminal charges against any company that denies climate change.

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both in agreement that, should they take the White House, climate change will be one of their top issues.

In just under a year, we could be seeing Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s morbid dream become a reality, further highlighting just how important this election truly is.