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The W.H. plans to withdraw its controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, WaPo reports.
Kathleen Hartnett White called CO2 “the gas of life on this planet.”
A Democratic senator said she “outright rejects basic science.” pic.twitter.com/zPnhg9oZa6
Kathleen Hartnett White, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the top environmental official in his administration, will no longer be considered for the role. Some people think she isan extreme choice for the job and see this change in plans as a victory.
According to The Washington Post, White would have led the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), but the Trump administration pulled her nomination over the weekend. The decision followed Senate Democrats’ attacks on her climate change views.
On Twitter, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) called the administration’s decision a “small victory for sanity.”
A small victory for sanity in a lunatic world. Not that the next one will be much better, but you do what you can.https://t.co/GrNPB40NJ4— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) February 4, 2018
White currently serves as a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), an organization partially funded by ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers, and Chevron. During her career, she has been known for standing against mainstream climate change science and for arguing in favor of increasing carbon emissions.
In a 2014 paper, White wrote that “[w]hether emitted from the human use of fossil fuels or as a natural (and necessary) gas in the atmosphere surrounding the earth, carbon dioxide has none of the attributes of a pollutant.”
“Global warming alarmists are misleading the public about carbon dioxide emissions,” she added.
After White’s confirmation was stalled in December thanks to the Democrats in the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) who ferociously battled her over her skepticism of climate change science, Trump appointed her once again in January. But senators vowed to fight her. Thankfully, the White House finally stopped trying, pulling her name from the nomination on Saturday.
If anything, we’ve learned that the right amount of pressure coming from Democrats in a Republican-dominated Congress can actually make a difference.