WH Removes Nominee for Council on Environment Quality


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. Democrats sent her nomination back to the White House in December as part of a deal with the Republican majority to close out the legislative session.

She was facing tough questions from both sides of the aisle after defending fossil fuels and questioning the extent to which humans contribute to climate change (E&E Daily, Jan. 19).

Neither the White House nor Hartnett White responded to requests for comments, the newspaper said.

At the end of the year, her pending nomination expired.

The White House confirmed the plans to HuffPost.

Merkley noted that there are multiple quotes from White "calling environmentalists Marxist, and those who are concerned about climate change as pagans".

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Though she worked as a top regulator heading the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund told Buchele that Hartnett White stands out for an "unusual" opposition to regulations. She then corrected herself saying, "No, I'm not". "When it comes to insulating our towns and cities from climate change, or protecting our children from toxic pollutants and chemicals, there should be no compromise". The following year she composed that carbon dioxide is "the gas of life on this planet".

Sen. Thomas R. Carper of DE, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a statement that it was "abundantly clear very early on that heading up the Council on Environmental Quality wasn't the right job for Ms. White".

Hartnett White is not the first Trump environmental nominee to fail to win confirmation.

"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. "White", Carper said in a Saturday statement.

"What you never hear and regrettably not even from our side is there is no environmental crisis", she said in 2011 at an Americans for Prosperity conference titled, "The EPA's Job Crushing Regulatory Assault". Carper called withdrawing White's nomination "the right thing to do" and urged the Trump administration to nominate a "thoughtful environmental and public health champion to lead this critical office in the federal government".