Elena Kagan Talks Environment


At yesterday’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) brought up the question of whether citizens should have the right to sue for damage to the environment.

This has been the subject of some debate. There are those who argue that citizens don’t have the constitutional standing to bring such cases because they can’t prove they’ve been directly harmed by problems like global warming, the elimination of a species, or air or water pollution. Kagan affirmed that she believes citizens do have this right. Here’s the video of the exchange:

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.