Climate Change Sceptic Withdrawn

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Kathleen Hartnett White testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in November

Senate EPW Kathleen Hartnett White testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in November

White was announced in October previous year as Trump's choice to chair the Council on Environmental Quality, AP reported.

Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination failed to gather momentum, and some Senate Republicans were questioning her expertise, the Post reported, citing two administration officials briefed on the matter.

"I'm not a scientist, but in my personal capacity, I have many questions that remain unanswered by current climate policy", she said at her confirmation hearing.

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"My colleagues in Congress know well that I am one of the first to reach across the aisle to find reasonable, principled compromises, but in this case, it was abundantly clear very early on that heading up the Council on Environmental Quality wasn't the right job for Ms".

"I think we indeed need to have more precise explanations of the human role and the natural role", she continued.

Hartnett White, who is a fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, has expressed uncertainty on how much humans have contributed to climate change.

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When Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley pressed her on her past comments at the confirmation hearing, Hartnett White responded, "I believe those words, senator, with all due respect, have been taken out of context".

The nomination of a climate change sceptic to serve as President Donald Trump's top environmental adviser has been withdrawn, according to the White House.

The Post reports has been confirmed by a White House official, but they were not authorised to discuss personnel decisions by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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