Senate, and was among a batch of nominations the Senate sent back to the White House at the end of 2017 when Congress closed up for the year.

Kathleen Hartnett White was announced last October as Trump's choice to chair the Council on Environmental Quality.

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


Critics have accused Ms. Hartnett White of being a shill for the fossil fuels industry and for being a vocal climate change skeptic. "This is a victory for science, and Trump would do well to listen to our voices and nominate someone who will put communities, not polluters, first".

White, who is not a scientist, has compared the work of mainstream climate scientists to "the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics".

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 a year ago and arguing against regulations like the Clean Power Plan rule for power plants.


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". White could not immediately be reached late on Saturday for comment. A White House official later confirmed the Post report.

The administration officials spoke of the planned withdrawal on the condition of anonymity, according to the Washington Post.

"Withdrawing Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination is the right thing to do", said Senator Tom Carper of DE, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.


"Kathleen Hartnett White is a conspiracy theorist and anti-science extremist who would threaten public health as the White House's top environmental adviser", said Sara Chieffo of the League of Conservation Voters in a statement. She previously lead the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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