Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg had the perfect response to Amy Coney Barrett’s noncommittal stance on climate change.
The Supreme Court nominee said she did not “have firm views” on climate change when grilled by senator John Kennedy.
During the second day of her confirmation hearings, Coney Barrett said: “I’m certainly not a scientist, I’ve read things about climate change. I would not say I have firm views on it.”
Thunberg, who has become world-famous for her climate activism, responded on Twitter in the perfect way.
Using the words of the nominee, Thunberg wrote: “To be fair, I don't have any ‘views on climate change’ either. Just like I don't have any ‘views’ on gravity, the fact that the earth is round, photosynthesis nor evolution…
But understanding and knowing their existence really makes life in the 21st century so much easier.”
Thunberg was making the point that climate change is no longer up for debate. Nearly all climate scientists, peer-reviewed studies and scientific evidence point towards its existence.
Despite this, Coney Barrett once again refused to take a stance on it during the following day of her confirmation hearings.
When pressed by Kamala Harris about climate change, Coney Barett referred to the scientifically proven phenomenon as “a very contentious matter of public debate.”
She continued: “I will not do that, I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial.”
Thunberg's response sums up our thoughts perfectly.