Amy Coney Barrett describes climate change as a “very contentious matter of public debate”

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Barrett declined to weigh in on the subject of climate change during her confirmation hearing.

During her confirmation hearing this week, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett declined to stake out a position on the existence of climate change, describing it as a “very contentious matter of public debate.”

“I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial because that is inconsistent with the judicial role,” she added in response to questions from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Climate change is one of several issues that she approached in this way: refusing to express an opinion because she said it was the focus of an ongoing political controversy or policy debate. Similarly, on Wednesday, Barrett refused to discuss whether she thought separating a child from their parent was wrong. She’s also refrained from taking a stand on whether the president should commit to a…


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