LCV Statement on Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

Contact: Emily Samsel, emily_samsel@lcv.org, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. — In response to reports that Trump will nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from President Gene Karpinski:

“Trump and McConnell have completely failed to protect our communities from the four ongoing crises: the pandemic, the climate crisis, systemic racism, and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The president and Senate should be laser focused on protecting our health, safety and economy — not on an unprecedented rush to install a biased idealogue on the Supreme Court.

“On top of everything else, the Supreme Court should be the people’s court. With the election already underway across the country, it is unacceptable for the Senate to consider filling the vacancy until after the inauguration. Amy Coney Barrett on the Court would not represent the majority of voters who believe climate change is real and want to see action. Barrett has made clear her disdain for federal agencies, and the public protections they issue which puts our ability to tackle climate change directly in her crosshairs. And her positions on access to justice would make it even harder for communities of color to seek justice for repeated and targeted environmental harms.”

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