White House pulls environmental advisor nominee who doubted climate change

Marsha Scott
February 5, 2018

The White House plans to withdraw Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality, a White House official confirmed to CNN Saturday.

The Washington Post first reported the planned withdrawal on Saturday.

The failure of her nomination marks a small upset for the Trump administration's environmental agenda. Democrats and some Midwestern Republicans anxious Hartnett White's previous comments calling the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard unethical would lead to a weaker biofuels program.

In a hearing in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, White admitted human activities play some role in warming the planet, but qualified her statement, saying: "the extent to which, I think, is very uncertain".

"Kathleen Hartnett-White is a conspiracy theorist and anti-science extremist who would threaten public health as the White House's top environmental advisor", Sara Chieffo, vice president of government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement.

White is a fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

She was put forward in October to chair the council, which ensures agencies abide by the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Hartnett White has drawn criticism for her comments on climate change. Democrats were particularly incensed by her renomination.

The committee's top Democrat Thomas R. Carper of DE had threatened to try to block her confirmation.

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.

"What you never hear and regrettably not even from our side is there is no environmental crisis", she at an Americans for Prosperity conference titled, "The EPA's Job Crushing Regulatory Assault".

But Buchele says Hartnett White told him years before that "she supported regulations, just not at the expense of growth and that industry is actually essential to a healthy environment".

Mr Trump would have had to resubmit Ms White's nomination.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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