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Trump to withdraw nomination of climate skeptic as environmental adviser
05 February 2018, 06:21 | Kara Nash
As indicated by various media outlets, the White House intends to pull back its questionable designation of Kathleen Hartnett White to head the Council on Environmental Quality.
President Donald Trump announced Hartnett White's nomination in October and re-submitted her nomination to the Senate in January.
Hartnett-White, a former Texas regulator, eked through the confirmation process previous 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. Testifying in the fall before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, she said that while humans probably contribute to current warming, "the extent to which, I think, is very uncertain".
She'd also said renewable forms of energy are "a false hope that simply won't work" and called scientists' climate findings "the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics".
Citing anonymous administration officials, the Post says Harnett's nomination couldn't win enough favorable support, "with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise".
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
The most up-to-date scientific assessment on climate change, released by the Trump administration in November, found that the world's oceans have absorbed "about 93 percent of the excess heat caused by greenhouse gas warming since the mid-20th century, making them warmer and altering global and regional climate feedbacks".
"But I believe that there are differences of opinions on that, that there's not one right answer", she added.
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". "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".
Her nomination had been seen as troubled in recent days.
Withdrawing White's name may clear the way for Senate consideration of other environmental nominees.