Myron Ebell put together Amy Coney Barrett’s comments on the environment for CEI. Here’s her spectacular answer to Kamala Harris’s supposedly Socratic questions on climate change:
“In the most revealing exchange, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) asked Judge Barrett whether she believed that COVID-19 virus is infectious and whether smoking causes cancer. Barrett replied that it’s obvious that the virus is infectious and that every cigarette packet carries a warning label.
“Harris then asked, ‘And do you believe that climate change is happening and is threatening the air we breathe and the water we drink?’ Barrett astutely responded, “I was wondering where you were going with that. You have asked me a series of questions like that are completely uncontroversial, like whether COVID-19 is infectious, whether smoking causes cancer, and then trying to analogize that to eliciting an opinion on me that is a very contentious matter of, opinion from me, that is on a very contentious matter of public debate. And I will not do that I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial, because that’s inconsistent with the judicial role, as I have explained.’”
Image of Amy Coney Barrett from Wikimedia Commons.