President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, is proving alarming for progressives in quite a few ways.
In addition to using worryingly outdated language to refer to the LGBTQ+ community and refusing to answer questions about how she would rule on landmark cases that are now being challenged in lower appellate courts by the states, she also said she had "no firm views" in regards to climate change--a very firm threat to the Earth's very existence.
However, climate activist Greta Thunberg wasted no time in reiterating that climate change isn't a matter of opinion--it's just a fact.
To be fair, I don't have any "views on climate change" either. Just like I don't have any "views" on gravity, the f… https://t.co/dJRqjhdVir— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg) 1602769312.0
Climate change as a fact of the 21st century isn't a political view: climate scientists have, time and again, presented irrefutable evidence that the earth's climate is changing.
Barrett denied on the second day of hearings as well to affirm whether or not she believed climate change was real (which it is.)
Amy Coney Barrett won’t say climate change is real https://t.co/7oj6MSww18— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1602722062.0
@MollyJongFast @Acyn After 1/3 of California has been barbecued and it's 4000 degrees Fahrenheit here in Hell two w… https://t.co/8W1aEALOps— The Trump Reaper #BlackVotesMatter 🇺🇸❤️🇨🇦 (@The Trump Reaper #BlackVotesMatter 🇺🇸❤️🇨🇦) 1602722766.0
@MollyJongFast She won’t answer anything. I wish I could support a fellow sister, but I can’t support this one. Not… https://t.co/U7csl8bxnl— Kimmie (@Kimmie) 1602763193.0
@MollyJongFast This is such an enlightening response. Climate change is only a controversial issue for a very speci… https://t.co/bGQbrtHtOJ— Sewage Joe (@Sewage Joe) 1602722849.0
@MollyJongFast What’s her stance on evolution? I’m guessing she may also be a creationist, in which case her unwill… https://t.co/SoeOWdDeCM— Tim Fleming (@Tim Fleming) 1602750717.0
Barrett's response simply states:
"I will not do that, I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial."
@GretaThunberg When you are to be a judge in the highest supreme court, you have to have a knowledge on most any an… https://t.co/L8DmrOBKjr— Teresa McPherson (@Teresa McPherson) 1602863549.0
@GretaThunberg True, the reality of solving the Climate Crisis is very harsh, cold & cruel. It will require killing… https://t.co/PKBlA6Qt0G— Troy Davis (@Troy Davis) 1602770659.0
@GretaThunberg Global warming deniers are the worst people on earth. Sorry there’s so many of them in the USA. We c… https://t.co/tmx446Vf43— Freedrickson Rio (@Freedrickson Rio) 1602769447.0
@GretaThunberg If she really thinks climate change does not exist, then she should not be making fundamentally impo… https://t.co/H1t5HSj21H— GO GREEN (@GO GREEN) 1602771439.0
@MollyJongFast The link between smoking and lung cancer was a "controversial subject of public debate" among GOP po… https://t.co/8uaYmyqVkc— Jackson Harris (@Jackson Harris) 1602780811.0
Climate change is a fact, rather than a matter of controversial public opinion.
And the link between GOP politicians and fossil fuel companies, which generally produce higher carbon emissions than any other industries on planet earth combined, has not gone unnoticed in recent years.
@GretaThunberg Citizens and senators have a right to know her position regardless of how she views the topics as de… https://t.co/iRbOjisHe2— Gustav Fring (@Gustav Fring) 1602773104.0
@GretaThunberg I'm not a doctor, but I can develop an understand of what can cause disease, and how to help keep my… https://t.co/N1RbYSn6Nh— R. Shamel (@R. Shamel) 1602821124.0
@GretaThunberg as a parent I think you’re a great example of what everyone, regardless of their age can achieve whe… https://t.co/pkcRGHDZ4d— itsdbrar (@itsdbrar) 1602821215.0
@GretaThunberg We agree with you Greta; When between 99% of all climate scientists, and 97% of all scientists have… https://t.co/f98TiB2bMZ— Kevin Burgess (@Kevin Burgess) 1602795713.0
@GretaThunberg Greta, I am a science teacher and I am so proud of you for caring so much about our planet. I use yo… https://t.co/iFByseMy8P— Pura Vida Sally 🏳️🌈 (@Pura Vida Sally 🏳️🌈) 1602769850.0
So, if GOP politicians are receiving donations from the fossil fuel industry, it stands to reason they might know about the consequences of climate change--just as they knew of the consequences and dangers of our current pandemic.