Moments ago, Democrat Senator Blumenthal asked Judge Amy Coney Barrett “do you believe that human beings cause global warming?”
Barrett replied that she is not qualified to answer and whatever her opinions would be are not relevant to the work she would do as a judge.
Blumenthal also asked Barrett to think about how she would feel if she were LGBTQ and heard a Supreme Court nominee decline to answer on the questions of whether the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage, was properly decided.
Barrett described climate change as “a very contentious matter of public debate.”
Kamala Harris later on Wednesday again pushed Judge Barrett on where she stands on climate change. Harris said that Barrett made it clear she believes climate science is “debatable” after the Supreme Court nominee said she would “not express a view on a matter of public controversy, especially when it’s politically controversial.”
In response to a question from GOP Sen. John Kennedy on climate change Tuesday, Barrett also said, “You know, I’m certainly not a scientist.”
“I have read things about climate change — I would not say I have firm views on it,” Barrett went on to say.