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Audubon Questions Judge Gorsuch's Commitment to Scientific Expertise

The next Supreme Court justice must protect equally the rights of all Americans.

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In response, the National Audubon Society issued the following statement from President and CEO David Yarnold: 

“Over the last week, we have seen Executive actions that go far beyond the ideological swings typical of political transitions. It is in this context that the President’s nomination for the Supreme Court, which is responsible for protecting our rights as individuals and our obligations as caretakers of America's lands and waters, not for the next four but perhaps the next 40 years, takes on profound significance.

“While Judge Gorsuch is acknowledged to be thoughtful and patriotic, his record raises fair questions about his commitment to defending the people over the powerful and science over ideology. Based on Audubon's values and our work as community builders across America, we are concerned not only with Judge Gorsuch's record on clean air and water for birds and our kids, but also his decisions that affect basic protections for all Americans. As is the case with all nominees to the Supreme Court, Audubon believes Judge Gorsuch must demonstrate to the Senate his commitment to protect equally the rights of all Americans and the laws that ensure a bright future for birds and the places they need.”

To read Audubon's statement on diversity and inclusion, please click here.

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at and @audubonsociety.


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