Climate-change skeptic from Texas won't head up environmental agency

Climate-change skeptic from Texas won't head up environmental agency

Climate-change skeptic from Texas won't head up environmental agency

The White House is confirming plans to withdraw the nomination of a climate change skeptic to serve as President Donald Trump's top environmental adviser.

Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination failed to gather momentum, and some Senate Republicans were questioning her expertise, the Post reported, citing two administration officials briefed on the matter.

The Council on Environmental Quality is a White House office that coordinates environmental policy among several federal agencies.

Despite the fact that she functioned as a best controller heading the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund disclosed to Buchele that Hartnett White emerges for a "bizarre" resistance to directions. Leading scientific assessments have repeatedly found that recent climate change is fueled largely by human greenhouse gas emissions.

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

"Well, they're words directly from your writings", Merkley responded.

"I'm not a scientist, but in my personal capacity, I have many questions that remain unanswered by current climate policy", Hartnett White said at her confirmation hearing.

"I think I submitted about 100 pages of either commentaries or research studies that I have done".

Critics of White's nomination to head the council pointed to her praise of fossil fuels as having improved living conditions around the world and helping to end slavery.

"But I believe that there are differences of opinions on that, that there's not one right answer", she added. "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". "White", Carper said in a Saturday statement. But the Trump administration put her name forward again last month. Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, called her a "remarkably poor choice" for such a consequential environmental post.

Hartnett White out of the picture may ease the confirmation of other administration environmental picks.

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