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

Kathleen Hartnett White was nominated by President Trump to head the Council on Environmental Quality

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with NPR that Kathleen Hartnett White's controversial nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality is being withdrawn.

The full Senate declined to consider Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination in late December, following a bruising confirmation hearing where she struggled to answer basic science questions.

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 struggled with basic science questions.

But on Saturday, The Washington Post reported the administration's plan to pull the nomination after it "failed to gather momentum even as some of the administration's other senior environmental policy picks had won approval, with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise".

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The Post reports has been confirmed by a White House official, but they were not authorised to discuss personnel decisions by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Carbon dioxide emissions contribute to global warming.

It cited her "dangerous" views about climate change, saying.

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 previously lead the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

"Whether 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", Hartnett White wrote in a 2014 paper.

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Her nomination had been seen as troubled in recent days. Faster growth and a cleaner environment.

"What you never hear and regrettably not even from our side is there is no environmental crisis", she said in 2011 at an Americans for Prosperity conference titled, "The EPA's Job Crushing Regulatory Assault".

Her withdrawal brought relief to some of her critics. "Hartnett-White was all three - a trifecta", he said.

Instead, he said, "Withdrawing Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination is the right thing to do, and I believe it is past time for this administration to nominate a thoughtful environmental and public health champion to lead this critical office in the federal government".

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