Kathleen Hartnett White
President Donald Trump nominated a climate change skeptic to lead the White House’s environmental policy board Thursday night.
Trump picked Kathleen Hartnett White to serve as a member on the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which ensures that agencies comply with environmental rules before approving projects. White has spent much of her public life making what she calls the “moral case for fossil fuels.”
White is a fellow for environment issues at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), a free market group that has been a vehement critic of former President Barack Obama’s climate policies. She was also the former chairwoman of the state’s CEQ.
White’s position on carbon emissions is sure to roil environmental activists already concerned about Trump’s climate skepticism and environmental rollbacks. She has been upfront in recent months about her opposition to rules regulating carbon emissions.
“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and carbon is certainly not a poison. Carbon is the chemical basis of all life on earth. Our bones and blood are made out of carbon,” White wrote in a June op-ed.
She is vehemently opposed to the Environmental Protection Agency, and suggested in November that the agency will be dialed back to focus solely on pollutants posing harm to public health and will cease its present extracurricular focus on agenda-centered pollutants supposedly causing man-made global warming.
President Trump Nominates Kathleen White to Environmental Quality Chair
by Eric Worrall
President Trump has nominated a climate skeptic who credits the rise of fossil fuels for the end of slavery to head the Council on Environmental Quality.
Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser (Update)
October 13, 2017 by Michael Biesecker
President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser.
The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump’s energy secretary, for six years on a commission overseeing the state environmental agency.
White was fiercely critical of what she called the Obama administration’s “imperial EPA” and pushed back against stricter limits on air and water pollution. She is a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank that has received funding from fossil-fuel companies that include Koch Industries, ExxonMobil and Chevron.
In a 2014 policy paper titled “Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case,” White praised the burning of coal and petroleum for “vastly improved living conditions across the world” and credited fossil fuels with ending slavery.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune called White’s selection “outrageous.”
“The nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White is the nightmare scenariofor anyone who wants clean air and clean water,” he said. “Her record makes clear she is completely ready and willing to sell out the health of our kids to corporate polluters.”
What can I say – anyone who upsets the Sierra Club that badly has got to be worth a go.
Mad War on Energy, Kathleen Hartnett White – Focus Today
Kathleen Hartnett White, energy expert and co-author of Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy, discusses how we can become energy independent by year 2020 and how that in turn would balance the federal budget and would help retire our $19 trillion national debt.
Kathleen Hartnett White, ICCC10 (Panel 3: Energy Reality)
Kathleen Hartnett White presents “Economic Impacts of Federal Climate Policy.” at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, DC July 11, 2015. To watch all presentations from this conference and others, visit ClimateConferences.Heartland.org
Kathleen Hartnett White discusses the benefits of CO2
Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White discusses the benefits that CO2 has provided, from greener land and technological advances to a more robust economy and smaller overall carbon footprint.