Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) attacked Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday for describing climate change as a debated issue.
Kamala Harris expressed alarm that Barrett said earlier in the Senate confirmation hearing that her views on climate change were not relevant to her position on the Supreme Court. Harris questioned Barrett remotely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Scientific consensus is grown even more and stronger that climate change is real and it is caused by manmade greenhouse gas pollution and imposes significant threats to human life,” Harris said.
Barrett said that she would defer to agency fact-finding and evidence to any case that the court handled.
“Do you accept that COVID-19 is infectious?” Harris asked.
Barrett replied that it is “an obvious fact, yes.”
“Do you accept that smoking causes cancer?” Harris continued, demanding that it was “just a question” that she could answer or not.
Barrett noted that