“To be fair, I don’t have any ‘views on climate change’ either,” Thunberg wrote on Twitter on Thursday, repeating Barrett’s words at the hearing. “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.”

Confronted directly on climate change by Sen. Kamala Harris of California, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Barrett balked.

“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 elicit an opinion from me that is on a very contentious matter of public debate,” Barrett said to Harris. “I will not do that…I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial, because that’s inconsistent with the judicial role.”



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