Earthjustice Action, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and Sierra Club Announce Six-Figure Ad Buy Urging Senate to Confirm President Biden’s Judicial Nominees
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Earthjustice Action, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF), and the Sierra Club announced a six-figure digital ad campaign urging key U.S. Senators to continue confirming President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees as quickly as possible. The effort highlighted the negative consequences of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Sackett v. EPA, which ruled that more than half of the United States’ 290 million acres of wetlands are no longer protected under the Clean Water Act. The ads urge U.S. Senators to rebalance the federal judiciary with President Biden’s fair-minded judges who will respect and enforce environmental laws.
“The Sackett decision demonstrates that our environmental laws are only as strong as the judges who uphold them,” said Earthjustice Action Executive Director Marjorie Mulhall. “As we face climate change, water pollution, and biodiversity crises, we must have federal judges on the bench who will uphold the government’s ability to protect our environment and our health. The Senate has already confirmed more than 130 excellent Biden judges, and we urge them to keep up the pace.”
“The air we breathe, the water we drink, and our democracy depend on judges who will uphold our bedrock environmental laws and protect our fundamental rights,” said LCVEF Senior Director of Judiciary & Democracy Doug Lindner. “Federal judges serve for life and hold extraordinary power to strengthen or weaken protections for our environment, our democracy, and our rights, with particularly high stakes for those historically excluded, including communities of color and communities with low wealth. The Senate must continue to quickly confirm professionally and personally diverse judges who will put people over polluters and special interests.”
“To fulfill the promise of our bedrock environmental laws – like the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act – we need judges who recognize the government’s ability and obligation to protect the public, who can tell the difference between science and politics, and who understand that all people need access to the courts to hold industry and the government accountable,” said Sierra Club Democracy Program Director Courtney Hight. “We call on President Biden to continue to nominate well-qualified and diverse lawyers and for the Senate to swiftly confirm them, until every judicial vacancy is filled.”