]Reject Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump's climate-denying pick to run the
Council on Environmental Quality
The petition to the Senate reads:
"Kathleen Hartnett White is a dangerous right-wing climate change denier
who holds extreme, anti-science views. Block and resist her nomination to
lead the Council on Environmental Quality."
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Hartnett White, Trump's
climate-denying pick to
run the Council on
If Donald Trump's long list of climate-denying nominees wasn't terrifying
enough, his pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality might be the
most extreme and dangerous one yet.
Kathleen Hartnett White isn't just your run-of-the-mill extreme right-wing
climate-denier. She's a senior fellow at the Koch brothers and
Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation, believes carbon dioxide is
harmless "plant food," equates belief in climate change to "paganism," and
calls solar and wind power "unreliable and parasitic."^1,2
But her most egregious argument against climate change asserts that coal
use in the 1800s actually ended slavery in the United States, saying
"fossil fuels dissolved the economic justification for slavery."^3
A person with such heinous, racist, climate-denying views has no business
overseeing environmental policy in our country. We must speak out now to
pressure the Senate to block and resist her confirmation before it comes
up for a vote.
]Tell the Senate: Reject climate-denier Kathleen Hartnett White's
nomination to run the Council on Environmental Quality. Click here to sign
The little-known Council on Environmental Quality plays a big role in the
White House in directing environmental policy across agencies and
implementing the National Environmental Policy Act, which oversees
environmental permit applications. An extreme climate-denier leading this
council could have an oversized and dangerous influence over permit
applications for fossil fuel infrastructure projects, like dirty oil
pipelines or coal and fracked natural gas export terminals.
In her recent Senate confirmation hearing, Hartnett White struggled to
hide her anti-science views and long-time contempt for climate science.
When asked if she believed the climate was changing, she first replied "I
am uncertain," then fumbled to correct herself. Later in the hearing, when
progressive champion Sen. Jeff Merkley asked Hartnett White if she
believed carbon dioxide levels have increased dramatically, she replied
with a sigh and said "no."^4
Political pundits have said if Harnett White is confirmed it will be "a
huge win for Steve Bannon," but activism resisting Trump's climate-denying
nominees is working.^5 After hundreds of thousands of progressives â€“
including more than 170,000 CREDO members â€“ took action, urging the Senate
to reject Sam Clovis, Trump's racist, climate-denying pick to be the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's chief scientist, Clovis withdrew his
nomination from consideration.^6 We must speak out again in full force to
block another dangerous nominee from setting foot in the Trump regime.
Tell the Senate: Reject climate-denier Kathleen Hartnett White's
nomination to run the Council on Environmental Quality. Click the link
below to sign the petition:
Thanks for all you do.
Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director
]CREDO Action from Working Assets
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Â 1.Â Andrew Kaczynski, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/18243
]Trump pick for top environmental post called
belief in global warming a 'kind of paganism,'" CNN, Oct 18, 2017.
Â 2.Â Democracy Now!, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/18244
]Climate Denier Kathleen Hartnett White Named White
House Environmental Adviser," Oct. 16, 2017.
Â 3.Â Christopher Hooks, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/18245
]Top TPPF Analyst: Coal Ended Slavery," Texas
Observer, Sept. 30, 2014.
Â 4.Â Alexander C. Kaufman, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/18246
]5 Times Trumpâ€™s Pick For Top Environmental
Adviser Struggled To Defend Her Climate Denial," HuffPost, Nov. 8,
Â 5.Â Alexander C. Kaufman, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/18247
]Trumpâ€™s Pick For White House Environmental
Post Once Said Coal Helped End Slavery," HuffPost, Oct 13, 2017.
Â 6.Â Alexander C. Kaufman, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/18076
]Trumpâ€™s USDA Pick With Ties To Russia
Investigation Withdraws Nomination," HuffPost, Nov. 2, 2017.