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'Science denier': Coalition of environmental groups warns against RFK Jr.

"The truth is, by rejecting science, what he offers is no different than Donald Trump," they said.

Published: April 19, 2024 4:18pm

A group of the United States' largest environmental advocacy groups on Friday issued a public letter warning that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign could hand the election to former President Donald Trump and lead to a dramatic reversal of environmental regulation.

"Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is not an environmentalist. He is a dangerous conspiracy theorist and science denier whose agenda would be a disaster for our communities and the planet," they wrote in an open letter in the New York Times

Among the signatories to the letter were the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Climate Emergency Advocates, Climate Power, Earthjustice Action, Food & Water Action, Friends of the Earth Action, LCV Victory Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, NextGen America, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, and 350 Action.

"He may have once been an environmental attorney, but now RFK Jr. is peddling the term 'climate change orthodoxy' and making empty promises to clean up our environment with superficial proposals. The truth is, by rejecting science, what he offers is no different than Donald Trump," they continued. 

"With so much at stake, we stand united in denouncing RFK Jr.'s false environmentalist claims. We can’t, in good conscience, let him continue co-opting the credibility and successes of our movement for his own personal benefit. Especially not on Earth Day," the groups went on. "RFK Jr. is a bleak reminder that our democracy is incredibly vulnerable. Any support for this Kennedy-in-name-only will inevitably result in a second Trump term and the complete erosion of vital environmental and social gains made to date."

Kennedy currently stands well ahead of other third-party and independent candidates, earning 7.9% overall support in the RealClearPolitics polling average.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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