WH to Pull Nomination of Prime Environmental Adviser

Posted February 05, 2018

The White House is planning on withdrawing the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, according to The Washington Post.

President Trump announced Kathleen Hartnett White as his choice to chair the Council on Environmental Quality - but her nomination languished and was among a batch of nominations the Senate sent back to the White House when it adjourned at the end of 2017.

Hartnett-White, a former Texas regulator, eked through the confirmation process past year with only Republican votes despite radical views on issues like climate change and a humiliating public hearing at which she struggled with basic science questions. "White", said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware), who serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Senators challenged her statements about climate change, which go against the scientific consensus that man-made greenhouse gases are the primary driver of rising temperatures, during her confirmation hearing in November.

Her nomination had been seen as troubled in recent days. It cited her "dangerous" views about climate change, saying. She has, for example, publicly doubted that carbon emissions are harmful pollutants. Confirming Harnett White, the group said, "would have serious consequences for people and the ecosystems of the only planet that can support us". She then added she was uncertain about the extent to which humans cause climate change.

Withdrawing White's name may clear the way for Senate consideration of other environmental nominees.

"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. "Hartnett-White was all three - a trifecta", said Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

"Withdrawing Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination is the right thing to do", said Senator Tom Carper of DE, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free-market think tank where White serves as a senior fellow, also could not be reached.