White House To Withdraw Controversial Nominee For Top Environmental Post

by Abel Hampton February 5, 2018, 0:43
White House To Withdraw Controversial Nominee For Top Environmental Post

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.

Hartnett White has drawn criticism for her comments on climate change.

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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 long cast doubt on widely accepted climate science.

No Republican publicly opposed Hartnett-White.

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When Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley pressed her on her past comments at the confirmation hearing, Hartnett White responded, "I believe those words, senator, with all due respect, have been taken out of context". "White", Carper said in a Saturday statement. 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.

The failure of her nomination marks a small upset for the Trump administration's environmental agenda.

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

She was also a critic of the Obama administration's environmental initiatives, calling them a "deluded and illegitimate battle against climate change" in an op-ed for The Hill past year and arguing against regulations like the Clean Power Plan rule for power plants. "This is not just another Trump nominee".

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Ms. "White's", Carper said in January.

"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".

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