Amy Coney Barrett refuses to tell Kamala Harris if she thinks climate change is happening
(The Guardian, 15 Oct 2020) Supreme court nominee accuses Democratic senator of soliciting an opinion ‘on a very contentious matter of public debate’
Supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett refused to say whether she accepts the science of climate change, under questioning from Kamala Harris, saying she lacked the expertise to know for sure and calling it a topic too controversial to get into.
On Wednesday, Barrett framed acknowledgment of a manmade climate crisis as a matter of policy, not science, when she was pressed at her confirmation hearing by Democratic senator from California.
Barrett said Harris, the Democrats’ vice-presidential nominee as well as a member of the Senate judiciary committee, was trying to get her to state an opinion “on a very contentious matter of public debate, and I will not do that”.