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Greenpeace: Kavanaugh’s appointment to the US Supreme Court will have lasting repercussions that will harm our environment October 6, 2018

In response to the United States confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said:

“This confirmation is shameful and shows that our democracy is broken. To give someone a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the country who has been credibly accused of a heinous crime, such as sexual misconduct, is an absolute disgrace. This is a sad day for survivors, women, and those who believe in basic human rights and a safe environment for all.

Although Judge Kavanaugh knows that climate change is real, he has repeatedly ruled to limit the EPA’s power to rein in emissions, mitigate global warming, and protect our environment. Our planet is in peril and we need a nonpartisan Supreme Court that will challenge the administration’s rollback on environmental rules.

This appointment puts fundamental protections for the environment, democracy, and women’s rights at risk. Now is the time for everyone to make a plan to vote in the midterms for candidates that support women and survivors, and who will work on behalf of people and the environment. We will not lose hope and will keep fighting together for justice and a future that benefits all.” Source: Greenpeace https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/greenpeace-usa-response-to-brett-kavanaugh-confirmation/

Greenpeace: Kavanaugh Could Do Irreparable Harm to Our Climate and Democracy WASHINGTON (July 10, 2018) – Yesterday, President Trump nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to succeed Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, made the following statement:
“The Senate must not confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court. Trump’s nomination sits under a cloud of conflicting interests. The President remains under criminal investigation and Kavanaugh has made clear he believes the Government may not indict sitting presidents. While appointing Kavanaugh may help Trump’s legal battle, it will not help America.

“Kavanaugh’s long record shows a consistent pattern of supporting the ability of powerful corporations to do as they please, while undermining democratic efforts to protect the common good.

“Additionally, his history on climate and environment issues should be of grave concern.

“If approved, Brett Kavanaugh could inflict irreparable damage on U.S. efforts to fight global climate disruption. His record on climate and the environment includes attempts to limit the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and casting doubt on the EPA’s ability to use the Clean Air Act to regulate climate pollution. It’s the job of federal agencies to implement laws designed to protect the people and the environment, Kavanaugh appears ideologically opposed to that idea.

“Kavanagh’s appointment would have grave consequences for our country and our climate for many years to come. The American public deserves a justice who will respect our democracy and protect the health of our families and our climate.” Source: Greenpeace https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/greenpeace-kavanaugh-could-do-irreparable-harm-to-our-climate-and-democracy/

Earth Justice has summarized his record: “Judge Kavanaugh sides 89% of the time for less clean air and water – Summary of cases involving the Environmental Protection Agency…
By the Numbers: Judge Kavanaugh sides 89% of the time for less clean air and water. In his 26 EPA cases, there are 18 cases in which he weighs in on EPA’s regulations to prevent pollution and protect the public’s clean air and water. In 16 of those cases, he sides with the outcome that results in less protection, and more pollution, and only two cases where he upholds a protection from being stuck down. In these 18 cases, public interest plaintiffs are 0-5 under Kavanaugh’s legal theories, while industry plaintiffs have an 11-2 record
.” See more details here: https://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Summary%20table%20of%20Judge%20Kavanaugh%27s%2026%20EPA%20opinions%20hyperlinks.pdf See more: https://earthjustice.org

Emphasis our own throughout.