The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review a bid by two Texas Democrats to block the nomination of Lisa Jackson as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The court’s liberal justices left the door open to the nomination, saying Jackson was qualified to serve on the federal bench.
But Justice Elena Kagan wrote that Jackson is not qualified because she has a record of opposing efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Kagan wrote, “I find that the record does not show that Ms. Jackson has made a persuasive argument that she would be inconsistent with the duties of an administrator of an agency.”
Trump, who has touted his climate change credentials, has been courting Republicans to win back the Senate after Republicans lost control of the chamber last year.
Jackson, a longtime Texas senator and former Democratic governor, is the first woman to head the EPA.
She served as the agency’s undersecretary of science under President George W. Bush, before being named administrator in 2014.
Her nomination was challenged by Texas Democrats in January, who said she would not be impartial and that she is a vocal critic of climate change.