WaPo: White House withdrawing controversial nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality

Katrina Barker
February 5, 2018

The White House will withdraw the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White, the former Texas environmental official tapped to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, a White House official said Sunday.

Despite the fact that she functioned as a best controller heading the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund disclosed to Buchele that Hartnett White emerges for a "bizarre" resistance to directions.

In testimony given to the Senate committee past year, White said humans probably contributed to warming trends, but "the extent to which, I think, is uncertain", the Post reported.

Ms White stirred controversy after suggesting that while humans probably contribute to current warming, the extent to which they do it is very uncertain.

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".

The Washington Post first reported the plans late Saturday.

CNN's KFile reported Hartnett White, who would have overseen environmental and energy policies across the government, had described the belief in "global warming" as a "kind of paganism" for "secular elites" during a September 2016 interview on "The Right Perspective", an online conservative radio show. She has called carbon dioxide not a pollutant but "a necessary nutrient for plant life". Leading scientific assessments have repeatedly found that recent climate change is fueled largely by human greenhouse gas emissions.

"I often say that when you think you're right, when you know you're right, you should never give up", he added. But the Trump administration put her name forward again last month. "I jumped ahead. Climate change is of course real". Confirming Harnett White, the group said, "would have serious consequences for people and the ecosystems of the only planet that can support us".

Democrats and environmental activists hailed the decision to pull the nomination.

"She led the Texas environmental protection agency during a period of rapid growth in the Lone Star state economy and declining pollution levels", Moore wrote.

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