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

05 February, 2018, 06:21 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • IUS President Donald Trump himself has called climate change a hoax and has laid the groundwork for withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accords

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.

Ms. Hartnett White, who had served for six years under Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was chosen to chair the White House's Council on Environmental Quality, a key administration panel that deals with all aspects of scientific and environmental policy.

The withdrawal of her nomination sets into motion the search for a new head of CEQ, which Trump has tasked with narrowing and accelerating environmental reviews in step with the administration's infrastructure push.

Senators challenged her statements during her hearing, and more than 300 scientists wrote to the Senate opposing her nomination "because one thing more unsafe than climate change is lying", they said. 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 has called carbon dioxide not a pollutant but "a necessary nutrient for plant life". She then corrected herself saying, "No, I'm not".

White came under fire for her past remarks about climate change.


In 2016, she described carbon dioxide - emissions of which rank as one of the primary ways human activity contributes to climate change - as a key asset to the planet.

Her nomination had been seen as troubled in recent days. Refering to mysterious organization authorities, the Post says Harnett's designation couldn't win enough good help, "with some Senate Republicans bringing up issues about her aptitude". Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, called her a "remarkably poor choice" for such a consequential environmental post.

White was a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank that received funding from Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, Chevron and other fossil-fuels companies.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said it was "abundantly clear very early on" that heading the Council on Environmental Quality wasn't the right job for White.



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