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Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Heathrow’s Third Runway

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Campaigners opposing Heathrow expansion today remained defiant as a top court ruled that the government’s decision to approve it was legal.

The Supreme Court concluded that the UK government was within its rights to green-light a controversial third runway at the airport because it had considered all the appropriate climate change rules it was required to at the time.

Amy Coney Barrett’s Remarks on Climate Change Raise Alarm That a Climate Denier Is About to Join the Supreme Court

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaking at the White House after President nominated her to the Supreme Court

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, October 13, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett trotted out a tired and dismissive refrain from climate deniers, saying, “I’m certainly not a scientist” when Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) asked specifically about her views on climate change.

After Barrett said she doesn’t have “firm views” on the subject, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) pressed her on those views during the hearing Wednesday, where she continued to dodge the question. “I don’t think that my views on global warming or climate change are relevant to the job I would do as a judge,” Barrett said, adding, “I haven’t studied scientific data. I’m not really in a position to offer any informed opinion on what I think causes global warming.”

Historic Supreme Court Verdict Means Ireland's Government Must Increase Climate Ambition

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Climate Case Ireland campaigners

The Supreme Court of Ireland has ruled in favour of an environmental group challenging the Irish government’s climate plans, finding its policies did not meet legal requirements for detailing how the country will meet emissions-reduction targets.

The decision is only the second time a country’s highest court has required a national government to reform its climate policy in order to meet legal obligations.

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