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Judge Alito confirmed to the Supreme Court January 31, 2006 12:51 PM




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Learn more about why Earthjustice opposed Judge Alito's nomination

To:Earthjustice SupportersFrom:Buck Parker, Executive DirectorRe:

Judge Alito's confirmation to the Supreme Court

Dear Pat,

Today, after heated debate, Judge Samuel Alito Jr. was confirmed by the Senate to a seat on the Supreme Court. Forty Democrats, one Republican, and one Independent voted against Judge Alito’s nomination. We are deeply disappointed in the outcome of this vote.

Earthjustice and more than 60 other conservation groups urged the Senate to oppose the confirmation of Judge Alito, due to concerns that he would roll back protections for public health and the environment. This was the first Supreme Court nomination opposed by Earthjustice and other environmental groups since Robert Bork nomination in 1987.

We knew going in that this was an uphill battle. But the stakes are too high for us to stay out of the fight. The American public needs to know about Judge Alito's record of siding with polluters over communities. We made a difference. In the end, Judge Alito received more “no” votes than any other confirmed Supreme Court nominee in the last 100 years except Justice Clarence Thomas.

Our heartfelt thanks to the almost 15,000 friends and supporters who took action to write, email, and call their senators, asking them to carefully consider Judge Alito’s alarming record. From the committee hearings to the Senate’s floor debate, to editorials and media coverage across the country, Judge Alito’s extreme record on Congress’ authority to pass laws protecting the environment and on citizens’ access to courts were major points of contention. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) stressed environmental issues in her statements about Alito, citing the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act, and concluded, “Our ability to legislate in these areas is very much at stake with this judge.”

Many senators, including more than a dozen who had voted to confirm Chief Justice John Roberts, cited issues that had been raised by Earthjustice and other environmental groups in explaining their decision to oppose Judge Alito. Without the attention of the environmental community and the actions of concerned citizens like you, Judge Alito’s extreme legal opinions limiting the ability of government to protect communities from pollution could have avoided scrutiny.

We remain extremely concerned that Justice Alito may reverse decades of progress in protecting public health and the environment as part of our nation’s highest court. Alito replaces Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who was a swing vote on the Supreme Court, casting decisive votes in favor of protecting environmental safeguards enjoyed by all Americans. But with your help and support, we remain more committed than ever to fighting for judges at every level of our federal court system who will uphold and enforce the environmental safeguards on which we all depend.

As always, thank you for standing with us.


Vawter "Buck" Parker
Executive Director


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