Don’t Give Climate Change Denial a Voice on the Supreme Court

Target: John Barrasso, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Goal: Safeguard environmental policy and future climate change action by denying Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

In 2021, the Supreme Court will hear a case that will help determine how much fossil fuel companies can be held to account for pollution and subsequent global warming.  Recently, the Court heard cases involving the clean air and clean water standards that are supposed to be ingrained in federal law. As the Trump Administration continues its wholesale rollback of any environmental regulation and accountability, the legal challenges will only continue to mount. The Supreme Court could play a more crucial role than ever in shaping the United States’ actions—or lack of actions—on climate change:  an existential threat to the entire planet.

Unfortunately, due to political agenda, the Senate is set to confirm a justice with a questionable-at-best stance on this matter of scientific certainty. During her confirmation hearings, Judge Amy Coney Barrett began a question about climate change with a loaded phrase used by climate change deniers the world over: “I’m certainly not a scientist.” She went on to refer to the topic as “a very contentious matter” and “politically controversial” without ever committing to saying that she believed in climate change. She then stated, “I would not say I have firm views on it.”

In her previous tenure on a court of appeals, the judge prevented at least two plaintiffs from even being heard in environmental-related cases. She also ruled in favor of damaging construction over a wetlands area. If Barret makes it to the Supreme Court, this seeming hostility to environmental causes could be entrenched in the nation’s highest court for decades.

Sign the petition below to urge the rejection of this lifetime appointment and to ensure America fights against—and not for—destructive climate change.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Barrasso,

Judge Amy Coney Barret recently indicated that her views—or lack thereof—on climate change have no relevance to her appointment to the nation’s highest court. Judge Barrett will only say publicly that she “has no firm views” and dismisses this vital issue as “very contentious” and “politically controversial”….loaded phrases she would surely not use for other matters of widespread scientific consensus. Her sparse record in ruling against environmental interests and in favor of special interests certainly inspires no confidence.

Cases have and will continue to come before the Supreme Court regarding this issue. Many of those cases in recent history have been decided by the narrowest of margins. The next Supreme Court justice will fundamentally shape environmental policy for decades to come at a time when every reputable scientist is telling us that we have a few scarce years to turn things around.

If you truly want to be a leader on the environment, then check your political stripes at the door and search your conscience, Senator. If you take these steps and listen to the majority of Americans who do not have to be asked twice about climate change, then you will vote “no” on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. So Tiffany White decides that an eminently qualified jurist doesn’t belong on the SC because she “might” not believe in global warming? What is this site anyway? There should be some truth allowed to survive here but Ms. White decides for all of us that she is going to try to change to outlook of the Supreme Court. Shame on you Tiff…What is your weather background? Do you have any background other that a liberal outlook?

  2. Well actually anyone who does not take the global warming issue seriously does not belong in any government branch, of any world government for that matter. Is a fact that humanity have become a creed of oil babies and we are all too comfortable with our plastic commodities but if nothing begins to seriously take place all that will be left in a near future is a puddle of burning oil where humanity once stood.

  3. Tiffany White, your petition served for nothing besides once again a devisive effort from a leftist liberal. Just stop it.

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