The game was strong.
"Since I'm not an astronomer, I can't really give an opinion on whether a giant asteroid crashing onto the planet would be desirable." Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, quipped on Twitter.
“I've read things about gravity. I wouldn't say I have any firm views on this. "
This was already a bogus trial, but this response is disqualifying. https://t.co/GcYEGqfz5Z
– Sunrise Movement @ (@sunrisemvmt) October 13, 2020
In his On Tuesday, climate journalist and meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote that he was "pretty pissed off" that Barrett would not even admit that the climate crisis is "the most momentous problem of our time".
It's the line "I'm certainly not a scientist" that is perhaps so surreal. This is the standard canned answer that climate deniers have been giving for years. But now it's 2020. We are in a pandemic. You don't have to be a scientist to listen to scientists. For someone whose ENTIRE JOB depends on a careful evaluation of the evidence, it is an unrecoverable grave mistake not to have "firm views" on climate change.
"It is a really big deal – and a sign of a total failure of our democracy – at a moment when urgent climate action is an existential priority to validate a climate denier for a life-long Supreme Court appointment."
"The more the climate has to change, the more likely it is that it will reach an unforeseen threshold that can trigger quite quick, surprising and potentially unpleasant changes."
~~Richard Alley, Penn State University, January 2002.
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BLAST FROM THE PAST
At Daily Kos that day in 2009– racial mixing? Oh! Think about the kids!
Because the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the 1967 case Loving v. VirginiaIt was against the law to prevent interracial couples from marrying as Virginia did with its Racial Integrity Act of 1924. But Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell of Tangipahoa Ward, Louisiana didn't receive the memo, or rather, he did, but he's not going to obey the law. He recently refused to marry an interracial couple, as he has on at least three previous occasions.
Bardwell, whose elected term runs until 2014, told the Associated Press, "I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing races like that. I have heaps of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them like everyone else. "
Apparently as long as they don't try to marry his sister. (…)
The American Civil Liberties Union and the local NAACP are investigating the matter. But how long does it take for certain residents of the National Pandithuggery to start shouting that stopping Bardwell's lawlessness would violate his principles? We can hear Glenn now: "To deny him his rights, to deny other people their rights, is to deny his rights!"