Environmentalists Worried About Alito's Record

Environmentalists in D.C. have spent the last 24 hours digging through Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's extensive paper trail for clues as to how he might vote on environmental cases were he confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
November 2, 2005, 10am PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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" ...When examining the whole of Alito's record, however, environmentalists found little that was encouraging...He's been dubbed "Scalito" for having a judicial philosophy closely akin to that of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who shares with the nominee a Roman Catholic, Italian-American background.

That comparison alone is enough to raise the hackles of enviros, many of whom see Scalia as a right-wing ideologue more staunchly opposed to environmental regulation -- and federal-level authority in general -- than any other justice on the Supreme Court. And at 55 years of age, some 14 years younger than Scalia, Alito would be in a position to influence environmental jurisprudence for decades to come."

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Published on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 in Grist Magazine
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