White Home Plans To Withdraw 'Conspiracy Theorist And Anti-Science Extremist' Decide

Aaron Brown
February 5, 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. "White", Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a statement late Saturday. Citing anonymous administration officials, the Post says Harnett's nomination couldn't win enough favorable support, "with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise".

Though the withdrawal has not been announced by the White House, staffers appraised of the situation say the decision to withdraw her name has already been made.

Her nomination had been seen as troubled in recent days.

Hartnett-White, a former Texas regulator, eked through the confirmation process a year ago with only Republican votes despite radical views on issues like climate change and a humiliating public hearing at which she questions.

She was put forward in October to chair the council, which ensures agencies abide by the National Environmental Policy Act.

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While promoting a book she co-wrote in 2016, Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy, Hartnett White praised fossil fuel energy for doing "work that we otherwise would have to do [ourselves]".

The committee's top Democrat Thomas R. Carper of DE had threatened to try to block her confirmation.

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. "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 at an Americans for Prosperity conference titled, "The EPA's Job Crushing Regulatory Assault".

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".

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