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While advancing a book she co-wrote in 2016, Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy, Hartnett White commended non-renewable energy source vitality for doing "work that we generally would need to do [ourselves]".

President Trump tapped Hartnett White, a former Texas regulator who thinks carbon dioxide has been unfairly vilified, to lead the influential environmental post last fall (E&E Daily, Oct. 13, 2017).

The White House chose to drop Kathleen Hartnett White as its pick to chair the Council on Environmental Quality.

Hartnett-White, a former Texas regulator, eked through the confirmation process past year with only Republican votes despite radical views on issues like climate change and a humiliating public hearing at which she questions.

White was one of several nominees and officials within the administration who've been accused of being cozy with the fossil fuel industry, including Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

She was also a critic of the Obama administration's environmental initiatives, calling them a "deluded and illegitimate battle against climate change" in an op-ed for The Hill previous year and arguing against regulations like the Clean Power Plan rule for power plants. "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". According to CNN, she said belief in global warming was a "kind of paganism" for "secular elites".

But on Saturday, 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". The official was not authorised to discuss personnel decisions by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Environmentalists, who had been alarmed by her nomination, celebrated the news.

Hartnett White once headed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and now serves as a fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. "White", Carper said in a Saturday statement.