Sunday, 16 December, 2018

White House to drop climate change sceptic as Trump environment expert

Kathleen Hartnett White pic Trump plans to withdraw climate skeptic's nomination to environmental office: report
Andrew Cummings | 05 February, 2018, 06:22

As indicated by various media outlets, the White House intends to pull back its questionable designation of Kathleen Hartnett White to head the Council on Environmental Quality.

President Trump tapped Hartnett White, a former Texas regulator who thinks carbon dioxide has been unfairly vilified, to lead the influential environmental post last fall (E&E Daily, Oct. 13, 2017).

Trump resubmitted White's nomination to the Senate last month but now plans to withdraw it because of worries that the votes aren't there, the White House official said.

She'd also said renewable forms of energy are "a false hope that simply won't work" and called scientists' climate findings "the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics".

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White, who isn't a scientist by trade, said at a 2011 forum that "there is no environmental crisis - in fact, there's nearly no major environmental problems" in the U.S. The previous Texas controller has a past filled with addressing set up science that man-made greenhouse gases are a noteworthy supporter of climate change.

She made similar arguments in a book she co-wrote in 2016, titled "Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy", as well as in numerous essays questioning climate change, including one past year in which she called President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming by reducing carbon emissions "deluded and illegitimate". It cited her "dangerous" views about climate change, saying.

In any case, Buchele says Hartnett White revealed to him years before that "she bolstered directions, just not to the detriment of development and that industry is really fundamental to a sound situation". Carbon dioxide emissions contribute to global warming. That includes Andrew R. Wheeler, a coal lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Carper called withdrawing White's nomination "the right thing to do" and urged the Trump administration to nominate a "thoughtful environmental and public health champion to lead this critical office in the federal government".

"White", Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a statement late Saturday.

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