President Donald Trump nominated a climate change skeptic to lead the White House’s environmental policy board Thursday night.
Trump picked Kathleen Hartnett White to serve as a member on the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which ensures that agencies comply with environmental rules before approving projects. White has spent much of her public life making what she calls the “moral case for fossil fuels.”
White is a fellow for environment issues at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), a free market group that has been a vehement critic of former President Barack Obama’s climate policies. She was also the former chairwoman of the state’s CEQ.
White’s position on carbon emissions is sure to roil environmental activists already concerned about Trump’s climate skepticism and environmental rollbacks. She has been upfront in recent months about her opposition to rules regulating carbon emissions.
“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and carbon is certainly not a poison. Carbon is the chemical basis of all life on earth. Our bones and blood are made out of carbon,” White wrote in a June op-ed.
She is vehemently opposed to the Environmental Protection Agency, and suggested in November that the agency will be dialed back to focus solely on pollutants posing harm to public health and will cease its present extracurricular focus on agenda-centered pollutants supposedly causing man-made global warming.
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