Amy Coney Barrett won’t say if climate change is human caused, stating she’s not ‘competent to opine’ on the matter
- Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday would not say whether climate change is caused by human activities, despite overwhelming agreement among scientists that it is.
- “I don’t think I’m competent to opine on what causes global warming or not,” Barrett said.
- Barrett has avoided offering any opinions on climate change during her confirmation hearings so far, among an array of other issues.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday refused to say whether climate change is caused by humans.
“I don’t think I’m competent to opine on what causes global warming or not,” Barrett said in response to questioning from Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
There is overwhelming evidence that the planet is warming and the vast majority of scientists agree this can be attributed to human activities. Advertisement
Barrett during Wednesday’s confirmation hearing also suggested that her views on global warming are not relevant to her position as a judge.
The Supreme Court is set to hear a case related to climate change in 2021. More than four-in-10 voters (42%) say climate change is “very important” to their vote in the 2020 election, according to a survey from Pew Research Center released in August.
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Barrett on Tuesday also echoed a talking point from Republican politicians who’ve expressed skepticism on climate science. In response to a question from GOP Sen. John Kennedy on climate change, Barrett said, “You know, I’m certainly not a scientist.”
“I have read things about climate change — I would not say I have firm views on it,” Barrett went on to say.
Ann Carlson, a faculty director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, told the New York Times she found Barrett’s response “disturbing.””It’s a dodge that fails to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are causing the planet to warm,” Carlson said. Advertisement
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One of President Donald Trump’s other Supreme Court nominees, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has explicitly acknowledged the link between humans and climate change.
“The earth is warming. Humans are contributing. I understand the international impact and the problem of the commons. The pope’s involved. And I understand the frustration with Congress,” Kavanaugh said in 2016 while sitting on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and hearing a case on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
Trump has routinely cast doubt on climate science, once suggesting in a tweet that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese government.Advertisement
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