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Trump picks climate change denier to run CEQ
Trump picks climate change denier to run CEQ
Donald Trump picked climate change denier Kathleen Hartnett White to run the Council on Environmental Quality.

Hartnett White is a senior fellow at the Koch Brothers- and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation. She believes carbon dioxide is harmless "plant food." She equates belief in climate change to "paganism." And she calls solar and wind power "unreliable and parasitic.”

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee started considering Hartnett White’s nomination last year. They asked her questions about her views. Not only did she reiterate her anti-science positions, but she also plagiarized some of her responses.

Despite her extreme views, Hartnett White was narrowly voted out of the committee last year. But the full Senate never voted on her nomination. Senate rules require all unconfirmed nominations at the end of the session to be sent back to the White House and renominated — starting the whole confirmation process again.

But Republican leadership is trying to rush through the confirmation process. They don’t plan to hold another hearing, despite clear problems with her qualifications for the job.

Donald Trump is trying to fill his government with Big Polluter cronies who will destroy our environmental protections. The impacts on our health and environment could be devastating.

Kathleen Hartnett White is one of Trump’s most extreme choices yet.

Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (Archive on Wednesday, January 31, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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