VP nominee Kamala Harris asks about smoking/cancer & climate change in Q&A with Amy Coney Barrett
Did Kamala Harris just say climate change is "threatening the air we breathe and the water we drink"?
Not what climate change is
— Bjorn Lomborg (@BjornLomborg) October 15, 2020
Worth remembering that some of the people who most ferociously resisted the link between smoking and cancer were environmentalists who preferred to believe that lung cancer was caused by pesticides.
— Matt Ridley (@mattwridley) October 15, 2020
By Priyamvada Rana
Excerpt: Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is in the middle of a four-day confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the first two days, she has been questioned by the Democrats and refrained from revealing her opinion on hot-button issues such as abortion and more. However, on Wednesday, October 14, Senator Kamala Harris had President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee almost pushed into a corner with her questions on climate change. …
Speaking via teleconference, the Democratic senator and vice-presidential nominee asked Barrett whether she “accepts Covid-19 is infectious.” “I do accept that Covid-19 is infectious,” the judge replied. “It’s an obvious fact, yes.” Harris went on to ask Barrett whether she accepts that smoking causes cancer. “I’m not sure exactly where you’re going with this,” she responded. “Yes, every package of cigarettes warns that smoking causes cancer.” Finally, in her last question, Harris asked, “And do you believe that climate change is happening and is threatening the air we breathe and the water we drink?” …
To this, Barrett refused to answer. “You have asked me a series of questions that are completely uncontroversial, like whether Covid-19 is infectious, whether smoking causes cancer, and then trying to analogize that to eliciting an opinion from me that is a very contentious matter of public debate,” the judge said. “And I will not do that, I will not express a view on a matter of public policy especially when it’s a politically controversial cause that’s inconsistent with the judicial role.” Harris then replied, “Thank you, Judge Barrett, you have made your point clear that you believe it is a debatable point.”
Harris later tweeted, “Amy Coney Barrett will admit that COVID-19 is infectious. She’ll admit that smoking causes cancer. But whether climate change is real? Apparently, that’s up for debate.” …
Amy Coney Barrett will admit that COVID-19 is infectious. She’ll admit that smoking causes cancer. But whether climate change is real?
Apparently that’s up for debate.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 14, 2020