Judge Brett Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
During his time on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the former clerk for Kennedy and staff secretary for President George W. Bush earned a reputation for thwarting the Obama administration on climate change. Trump announced his intent to nominate Kavanaugh July 9 at the White House.
Kavanaugh wrote theopinionin a 2017 case ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has no authority to require companies to replace refrigerant chemicals that are also greenhouse gases with more sustainable alternatives.
Environmental groups were quick to criticize the pick: The League of Conservation Voters, in response to media reports in advance of Trump’s official announcement,tweetedthe organization will “fight this every step of the way.”
Even his dissents in clean air cases have impact. The Supreme Court has relied on them multiple times in ruling against the EPA.
In a partial dissent, Kavanaugh said the agency should have considered the cost to the power industry before regulating toxic air pollution in the 2014 caseWhite Stallion Energy Ctr. LLC v. EPA. The Supreme Court cited that dissent inMichigan v. EPA, when it reversed the D.C. Circuit’s decision upholding the standards.