Trump to Withdraw Nomination of Climate Skeptic as Top Environmental Adviser

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A White House official confirms with NPR that Kathleen Hartnett White's controversial nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality is being withdrawn.

President Trump tapped Hartnett White, a former Texas regulator who thinks carbon dioxide has been unfairly vilified, to lead the influential environmental post last fall (E&E Daily, Oct. 13, 2017). Before gives an account of Saturday that Hartnett White would never again be considered for the part, Trump re-selected her last month to restart the procedure for Senate affirmation.

The Washington Post first reported the plans late Saturday.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 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.

"I'm not a scientist, but in my personal capacity, I have many questions that remain unanswered by current climate policy", she said. She has called carbon dioxide not a pollutant but "a necessary nutrient for plant life".

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


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In any case, Buchele says Hartnett White revealed to him years before that "she bolstered directions, just not to the detriment of development and that industry is really fundamental to a sound situation". She then added she was uncertain about the extent to which humans cause climate change.

Democrats and environmental activists hailed the decision to pull the nomination. That includes Andrew R. Wheeler, a coal lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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

Her withdrawal brought relief to some of her critics.

"White", Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a statement late Saturday.

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

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