“On Climate, Amy Coney Barrett Demurs, “I’m Not a Scientist.””

“Ah, that old chestnut.”

“There is this existential threat facing humanity. You might have heard about it. Maybe if you’re President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court that Republicans are rushing through before the election, you will admit to having read something about it.

Not a ton is known about Amy Coney Barrett’s views on climate change, but this exchange on day two of the Senate hearings was telling.

Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) questioned Barrett, trying to prove a point about Democratic objections to her confirmation: “My colleagues think you’re only qualified if you’re dumb, if you have a blank slate. If you’ve never thought about the world. Have you thought about the world?

Barrett answered that indeed she had.

He asked her if she’d thought about social problems and economic problems. She answered yes to both.

Then he asked, “How about climate change?” and Barrett launched into a non-answer.

“I’ve read about climate change,” she said. “I’m certainly not a scientist. I mean, I’ve read things on climate change. I would not say I have firm views on it.””

Rebecca Leber reports for Mother Jones October 13, 2020.

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