January 27, 2006

Alito and the Environment

Judge Alito has the distinction of being the first SCOTUS nominee since Bork to be opposed by the Friends of the Earth. In addition to not believing in the separation of powers or the right to privacy, Alito also doesn't believe in enforcing environmental regulations. From their press release:

... In the coming months the Supreme Court will decide two cases that could radically restrict our ability to protect the vast majority of the nation’s waterways under the Clean Water Act. Judge Alito’s record indicates that he’s likely to side with those who oppose a strong Clean Water Act. His record also bodes poorly for future cases challenging the Endangered Species Act and other important laws.

Judge Alito has also voted to shut courthouse doors to citizens concerned about their environment. Citizen enforcement suits are an indispensable feature of every major environmental law, empowering ordinary Americans to sue polluters when government lacks the resources or political will to enforce the law. In one case, Judge Alito held that FOE and other environmentalists lacked standing to sue a polluter—even though it was uncontested that the company had violated the Clean Water Act 150 times. ...

If Democratic Senators can't stand up for protecting the environment or any of the myriad other important party positions and constitutional amendments that Alito emperils, what good are they?

Washington State residents please note that Senator Cantwell is still undecided. Not only has she failed to make up her mind about a filibuster, she hasn't even decided to vote against confirmation. She's up for re-election in a state that went for Kerry, that sent the largest slates of Dean and Kucinich delegates to the National Convention, that returned Patty Murray to the Senate with a comfortable margin and has a (by the barest skin of our teeth, granted) Democratic governor. It is in no way representative of her constituency to let Alito by without a fight.

Ask Cantwell to vote no and join John Kerry in a filibuster

Ask Murray to support a filibuster

Posted by natasha at January 27, 2006 12:32 AM | Law/Justice | Technorati links |

Cantwell is a hog. She left RealNetworks just before the bubble burst, now she can leave the Senate and be replaced by a rolly lumberjack.

Posted by: Denny at January 27, 2006 03:44 AM

thanks for the links to Cantwell & Murray.

Posted by: wsb at January 27, 2006 08:10 PM

It is time for a local Dem caucus to publicly admonish Cantwell like has happened to Lieberman in Connecticut. We must make Cantwell understand that if she does not court the progressive vote, then she will lose in November. She must be made to understand that there is more to being 'progressive' than environmentalism. The Democrat party needs to understand that they have become the minority party because they allowed the religious right to pull them to the right, rather than fighting for their constituency. It is far past time for the Dems to stop courting the votes of people who will never vote Democrat.

Posted by: Samdinista at January 28, 2006 08:16 PM