Kathleen Hartnett-White

Kathleen Hartnett-White


  • M.A., Humanities & Religion, Stanford University. [1], [2][3]
  • B.A. Humanities & Religion, Stanford University. [1], [2][3]
  • Attended Doctoral Program in East Asian and comparative Religions. [1], [3]
  • Completed one year of law school at lowa Texas Tech University. [1][3]


Kathleen Hartnett-White is the distinguished senior fellow-in-residence and director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). Hartnett-White previously worked as Chairman and Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Prior to 2001, she served as then-Governor George W. Bush's appointee to the Texas Water Development Board, where she sat until appointed to TCEQ. [1]

Kathleen Hartnett-White a director of the TPPF's Fueling Freedom project, which seeks to “Explain the forgotten moral case for fossil fuels” while “building a multi-state coalition to push back against the EPA's unconstitutional efforts to take over the electric power sector by regulating CO2 via the Clean Power Plan.” The Fueling Freedom project also seeks to”End the regulation of CO2 as a pollutant.” She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the CO2 Coalition, formerly known as the George C. Marshall Institute, a group that maintains that increased CO2 is beneficial for life on Earth. [4], [5][6], [7]

Hartnett-White has also held positions as the Director of Private Lands and the Environment for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) in Washington, D.C. She has served as director of the Ranching Heritage Association. Notably, NCBA opposed the EPA's endangerment finding rule in 2010. She was a special assistant in the White House Office of the First Lady Nancy Reagan. [1], [8]

Kathleen Hartnett-White is co-author, with Stephen Moore, of Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy where she argues against the shift to renewable energy. According to a review of the book in American Thinker, “Rather than worrying that carbon energy resources are destroying the planet and looking to renewable energy as an alternative, the authors suggest we should celebrate the vast contributions fossil fuels made during the past century.” Rolling Stone described Fueling Freedom as “a hymnal to all things fossil fuels, the dirty-energy, non-satirical equivalent of Thank You for Smoking.” [1], [9][10]

TheTexas Observer found that the TPPF has been funded by ExxonMobil, Chevron, the Koch network, RJ Reynolds, the Heartland Institute, and others among what they describe as the “Who's Who of Texas polluters. “ [11]

Donald Trump's Economic Advisory Team

Kathleen Hartnett-White was named as a member of Donald Trump's “economic advisory team” in 2016. The team promises to “get the American economy back on track.”  Trump, who also added fellow climate change denier Myron Ebell to his team in September 2016, has called global warming “bullshit” and promised he would “cancel” the Paris climate agreement as well as roll back President Obama's actions on climate change. [12][13]

“I think a lot of things are way too premature to try to characterize meaningfully, but it would be my lifelong work — it would be an honor to serve in his administration,” said Hartnett-White. [14]

Hartnett-White said that her book, Fueling Freedom, was a primary reason she was asked to join Trump's team, “along with her work as an environmental regulator and their shared devotion to the oil shale (or fracking) revolution.” [10]

Hartnett-White has long called for restraint of what she called the “imperial EPA,” and in June 2016 she promoted the bill H.R. 3880, “The Stopping the EPA Overreach Act,” while describing carbon dioxide as a “necessary nutrient for plant life.” Later in 2016, Hartnett-White said that while we need not necessarily do away with the EPA as Trump has planned, still “we don't need regulation; we're already doing a good job.” [15], [16]

Rolling Stone comments that when Trump announced that his “environmental agenda” would be “be guided by true specialists in conservation” that “He may well have meant Hartnett-White,” given her experience in government regulation working on the Texas Water Development board under then Governor George W. Bush, as well as chair of the Texas Environmental Quality Commission under Governor Rick Perry. Hartnett-White told Rolling Stone that she would “love to serve” in a Trump administration if given the opportunity. [10]

Stance on Climate Change

Kathleen Hartnett-White has said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ignores natural causes of climate change. She has also argued that Carbon Dioxide has been wrongfully regulated as a pollutant.

October 19, 2016

Speaking with Ars Technica, in her role as a Trump campaign advisor, Kathleen Hartnett-White suggested the IPCC has ignored natural causes of climate change: [17]

“[The IPCC] never really takes on an explanation of how the other variables in climate affect climate. […] It never takes on the Sun. There are a number of very, very senior atmospheric physicists—one I think of in particular, Fritz Varenholt, who wrote a book called The Neglected Sun. As a scientist, he's just appalled that better knowledge about the role of the Sun would not be a part of the science.” [17]

September 29, 2015

Writing at Townhall.com, Kathleen Hartnett-White described what she calls “propaganda” surrounding the climate change issue, what she suggests is a wrongful description of carbon dioxide as a pollutant, and she contends CO2's impact on climate remains a “question”:  [18]

“Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the gas of life on this planet, an essential nutrient for plant growth on which human life depends. How craftily our government has masked these fundamental realities and the environmental benefits of fossil fuels!” Hartnett-White said. “Notwithstanding the unscientific declaration of absolute certainty surrounding the politically official science, the climate's sensitivity to the relatively small increment of human-induced CO2 remains the central unsettled question surrounding the climate issue.” [18]

June, 2014

In a June 2014 TPPF policy document, titled “Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case” (PDF), Kathleen Hartnett-White wrote: [19]

IPCC science claims of 95 percent certainty that human activity is causing climate calamity are more like the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics than scientific conclusions.” [19]

Key Quotes

November, 2016

Speaking with the Washington Examiner, Kathleen Hartnett-White discussed Donald Trump's plans to revive the coal industry. [20]

“[Trump]'s very much for clean air and clean water” Hartnett-White said. “But the better home for considering this discussion about carbon dioxide and climate is in the Department of Energy.” [20]

According to Hartnett-White, climate change concerns “are really a discussion about energy, not really a discussion about environmental protection.” She described CO2 regulations as “the killer for coal.” [20]

Speaking of the Clean Air Act's regulation of CO2, Hartnett-White said that the Clean Air Act “was never designed to control a pollutant that ubiquitous that has no adverse environmental impacts on people.” She said that “Carbon dioxide has no adverse impact in the air we breath at all. It's a harmless trace gas that is actually an essential nutrient for plants.” [20]

September, 2016

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Hartnett-White declared: [10]

“We're not a democracy if science dictates what our rules are.” [10]

September, 2016

While Kathleen Hartnett-White has said that we don't need to dismantle the EPA entirely, she did say to SNL that “we don't need regulation” and that rather the EPA would only be needed to “maintain the achievements reached”: [21]

“A basic recommendation I would make to anyone running for president is we need to review this avalanche of rules that has been promulgated over the last eight years and possibly rescind. […] and replace [them] with new rules,” Hartnett-White said.

“Again this doesn't mean we don't need EPA; we don't need regulation; we're already doing a good job. No. Just to maintain the achievements reached […] is a very important function for an administrative agency [like the EPA]” (Emphasis added). [21]

July, 2016

Writing in the National Review, Hartnett-White declared: [22]

“Now, the plentiful, reliable, and affordable energy source that is coal can be regarded as clean.” [22]

March 30, 2016

Writing in The Hill, Hartnett-White said:

“Renewables are a false hope that simply won't work.” [23]

“[I]ntermittent renewables are parasitic on back-up power from reliable fossil fuels” [23]

Key Deeds

February 24, 2017

Kathleen Hartnett-White was a speaker on a discussion panel sponsored by the CO2 Coalition at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Tony Heller moderated the panel, and it also featured Craig Idso of the CO2 Coalition. View video of the event at the Energy & Environment Legal Institute's Facebook page[50]

Hartnett-White describes the CO2 coalition as “very very meaningful source,” and later says that the group has inspired her and given her hope:  [50]

“I’m very hopeful because of organizations like the CO2 Coalition,” Hartnett-White said. “The board composed of just the top of the heap of science on this issue. Brilliant. Not a B team at all, but an A-plus team. So, I think in a way, the long debate that we were told was settled — was unequivocally settled, incontrovertible settled […] Look, I think that debate, that crazy debate, deluded denial of that debate, I would say it’s over. But there’s a crack in the door.”  [50]

According to Hartnett-White,  “Carbon Dioxide is not a pollutant, nor are fossil fuels the agent of death.” She later describes it as “an invisible trace gas that has no impact on human health even at very high levels.”  [50]

I like to say that CO2 or fossil fuels, they originated—certainly fossil fuels—originate in life, and they’re really the compressed and heated concentration of life, and they come back to amplify human life,” she said.  [50]

She later describes climate change policies as a “civilizational threat,” and claims that “All the climate policies to date are futile.”  [50]

President Obama and his lieutenants repeatedly said that the greatest global civilizational threat is the threat of man-made global warming, in his views caused by fossil fuels” she said. 
“I submit that climate policies, not fossil fuels nor CO2 is actually a civilizational threat. That’s what the book [Fueling Freedom] has kind of been about.”  [50]

Hartnett-White concludes that she hopes President Trump will usher in new policy:  [50]

It’s hard to imagine how all this could shift, given the extent to which, not only in regulation, but just diffused throughout culture, assumptions that carbon dioxide is inherently harmful. Just hard to imagine how that can happen. I so hope—and this is the only opportunity I’ve seen in 20 years—a real redirection. […] There’s become this gap where the planet itself has some value higher than human life on this. And that means, really, some pretty simple things about policies at issue here and policies championed very consistently by President Trump and his campaign. Employment has got to be a key factor on any cost-benefit analysis.”  [50]

In the Q&A Session following her discussion, Hartnett-White discussed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and how its focus on CO2 emissions has been a supposed “distraction” from more important issues. The EPA has “lost their sense of real priorities,” she said.  [50]

She continues on the EPA, saying their risk assessment on CO2 was based on “heinously bad science.” “Even the American Academy of Sciences and their review panel have mocked EPA,” she adds “They’re not a little bit bad. They’re really bad. And they do nothing but serve to justify often truly infeasible standards, you know.”  [50]

In her closing remarks, Hartnett said:  [50]

I think the department of energy could take very strategic steps on a lot of the things we’ve been talking about if the decision makers are willing to make some 180-degree turns.” [50]

December 8, 2016

Kathleen Hartnett-White spoke at, “At the Crossroads III: Energy and Climate Policy Summit,” an event co-hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) and the Heritage Foundation. At the Crossroads describes itself as “the premier energy-and-climate policy event in America,” and, as before, promises to attract a range of prominent climate change deniers. [24]

The event description invites attendees to “Join national policymakers, leading energy experts, and the field's most innovative minds to explore what's next in energy policy, what's coming in climate science, and how you may affect both.” [24]

The agenda lists the following speakers: [24]

Doug Domenech, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's “Fueling Freedom” project, wrote about the proceedings at The HillDomenech outlined the common climate change denial message shared among the speakers: “Is climate change real? Yes, it has happened in the past and will happen in the future. Is man making an impact on the climate? Perhaps but in very small ways. But the overarching consensus remains the climate change we are experiencing is by no means catastrophic.” [25]

October 22, 2016

Speaking at a Fueling Freedom event with fellow speaker Stephen Moore, Kathleen Hartnett-White emphasized coal as a preferred fuel source over other sources: [26]

“You can't compete with heat value and density of coal, natural gas and petroleum.” [26]

Moore and Hartnett-White provided a list of reasons to combat the idea of using green energy sources like wind and solar as the sole means of power, emphasizing the supposed unreliability of such sources. [26]

According to Hartnett-White, “Germany is five to 10 years ahead of the United States (when it comes to renewables),” Hartnett-White said. “It is the most aggressive country on renewables, and their energy bill is three times the rate in the U.S. – not 30 percent, three times.” [26]

They also said that pushing developing countries to use renewables is like keeping them in a “16th century energy mindset.” [26]

October 7, 2016

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Kathleen Hartnett-White discussed her views on the EPA, Clean Power Plan, and renewable energy. [27]

“An invisible, harmless trace gas in the Earth's atmosphere, CO2 is a plant food” Hartnett-White said. “In the long geological/ climatological history of the Earth, there were long periods when atmospheric levels of CO2 were hundreds of times higher than the current level of around 400 parts per mission. For context, consider that man-made emissions of CO2 now account for 0.02 percent of all atmospheric gases. Slightly higher levels of human induced CO2 have increased plant productivity especially in arid regions as shown by satellite imagery. Greenhouses inject CO2 to reach levels over 1000 ppm to increase plant growth.” [27]

“Even the EPA recognizes that carbon cuts mandated by the rule would reduce the rate of warming predicted by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by only 0.02 percent — an amount so miniscule it is immeasurable.” [27]

“Even without an aggressive climate plan, the U.S. is reducing CO2 more than any other country.” [27]

“There is nothing inviolable about fossil fuels. Who knows what alternative sources innovative human minds will develop that can benefit humanity as much or more than oil, natural gas and coal. Right now however, there are no alternatives capable of providing the benefits of fossil fuels.” [27]

September 27, 2016

In an interview with CNBC, Hartnett-White defended Donald Trump's temperament as “humanizing and they [supporters] can actually identify with his style much more than they can with the very, very scripted approach Mrs. Clinton has.” [28]

September 23, 2016

Kathleen Hartnett-White told S&P Global Intelligence her recommendations for the EPA, which included that many rules would be cut: [16]

“A basic recommendation I would make to anyone running for president is we need to review this avalanche of rules that has been promulgated over the last eight years and possibly rescind […] and replace [them] with new rules. […] Again this doesn't mean we don't need EPA; we don't need regulation; we're already doing a good job. No. Just to maintain the achievements reached…is a very important function for an administrative agency [like the EPA],” she said. [16]

According to S&P Global Intelligence, during the interview Hartnett-White “attacked the EPA's 2009 finding that carbon dioxide emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare,” which had been a prompt for the EPA's formation of the Clean Power Plan. Hartnett-White claimed that the EPA overstretched its mandate: [16]

“Policies of that magnitude to me must be a decision of the U.S. Congress or we don't really function like a democracy anymore, if we have agencies that through very strained interpretation of existing law can impose such bold measures,” she said. [16]

August 9, 2016

Quoted in the far-right news source Breitbart, Kathleen Hartnett-White praised Donald Trump's economic plan, focusing on his plans to reduce regulation on the energy industry. [29]

“The manner in which energy is developed and unitized, in just endless different ways in our economy, can provide an extraordinary stimulus to economic growth,” said Hartnett-White. “The surest path to job creation in my judgment is through taking advantage of the energy.” [29]

Hartnett-White also promoted the Keystone XL pipeline, declaring that “the very fact of the access we now have to worlds of oil and natural gas in this country and also in Canada, but we lack really the key infrastructure to take the maximum effiencent [sic] use of it because we don't have pipelines in certain places, the Keystone Pipeline is as important to North Dakota and those states — Pennsylvania — all of those as it is to Canada.” [29]

She went on to praise Trump's proposal to rescind the Climate Action Plan, the Waters of the United States Rule, and cancellation of the Paris Climate Agreement while denouncing President Obama's policies, saying that Obama's regulatory authority had been “proliferating.” [29]

June 17, 2016

Kathleen Hartnett-White wrote an article in The Hill calling for restraint of the “imperial EPA.” White promotes bill H.R. 3880, “The Stopping the EPA Overreach Act.” The bill would prevent the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide, methane and three other greenhouse gases. According to White, the EPA's treatment of carbon dioxide as a pollutant is an example of “regulatory overreach.” [15]

“The truth is that our bodies, blood and bones are built of carbon! Carbon dioxide is a necessary nutrient for plant life, acting as the catalyst for the most essential energy conversion process on planet earth: photosynthesis,” she writes. “[…] How do our national leaders square their public vilification of carbon dioxide with fundamental scientific and economic realities? Such political propaganda has now educated at least two generations of Americans who think carbon is a killer instead of the stuff of life on the earth.” [15]

June 6, 2016

On June 6, 2016, the authors spoke at an event co-hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Heritage Foundation to discuss the release of their new book. [30] 

Also in June, Kathleeen Hartnett-White spoke on The Energymakers show to discuss Fueling Freedom, where she declared: [31]

“The core of the science of the IPCC is based on a set of assumptions about how the natural climate system responds to what is really, in terms of a percentage of atmospheric gas, tiny. […] There is a growing gap between observed (measured) temperature, and the predictions of the IPCC.”  [31]

“Extreme weather events are currently no more extreme or no more frequent than recently. Those two core claims: that the temperatures would increase at a certain rate […] and that this will create weather havoc, if you will, have not occurred.” [31]

May 26, 2016

Kathleen Hartnett-White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment at the TPPF, went on the One America News Network's Tipping Point to discuss Hillary Clinton's energy policies[32]

“A significant part of [Hillary's] party is at a predominately extreme position on energy,” Hartnett-White says.  [32]

May 23, 2016

Kathleen Hartnett-White is the co-author, with Stephen Moore, of Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy. The Amazon description of the book reads as follows: [33]

“Fossil fuel energy is the lifeblood of the modern world. Before the Industrial Revolution, humanity depended on burning wood and candle wax. But with the ability to harness the energy in oil and other fossil fuels, quality of life and capacity for progress increased exponentially. Thanks to incredible innovations in the energy industry, fossil fuels are as promising, safe, and clean an energy resource as has ever existed in history. Yet, highly politicized climate policies are pushing a grand-scale shift to unreliable, impractical, incredibly expensive, and far less efficient energy sources. Today, 'fossil fuel' has become such a dirty word that even fossil fuel companies feel compelled to apologize for their products. In Fueling Freedom, energy experts Stephen Moore and Kathleen Hartnett White make an unapologetic case for fossil fuels, turning around progressives' protestations to prove that if fossil fuel energy is supplanted by  'green' alternatives for political reasons, humanity will take a giant step backwards and the planet will be less safe, less clean, and less free.”  [33]

The Heartland Institute, which hosted Stephen Moore for a talk on his book, describes how the authors “argue that if fossil fuel energy is supplanted by 'green' alternatives for political reasons, humanity will take a giant step backwards and the planet will be less safe, less clean, and less free.” [34]

Hartnett-White and Moore were quoted in The Patriot Post,  where they had described in their book that renewable energy is “inconsequential”:

“Green energy remains an inconsequential source of energy in America despite more than $80 billion in direct federal taxpayer subsidies under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.” [35]

Rolling Stone describes the book, noting that the authors deride “weak and parasitic renewable energy,” mock the “green job craze,” electric cars, and biofuels. Global warming is dismissed meanwhile as “exaggerated nonsense […] a creed, a faith, a dogma that has little to do with science.” [10]

According to the book, green-energy policies that “undermine human progress” and “are not really clean at all,” we should fear people who want us to “build windmills and ride our bicycles to work.” [10]

From Fueling Freedom, which Hartnett-White co-wrote with Stephen Moore: [33]

“Contrary to false reports in the media, virtually no documented environmental problems have been associated with fracking – ever.” [33]

April 22, 2016

Writing in The Federalist, in an article titled “Signing The Paris Agreement Is The Worst Way To Celebrate Earth Day,” Hartnett-White said:  [36]

“What will be labeled a global triumph will in reality likely be, if actually implemented, a tragedy for rich and poor countries alike and especially for the poor wherever they reside. The Paris agreement represents the first energy regression in mankind's history. It's a regression imposed by the ruling elites of the world's most prosperous and educated countries, abetted by legions of UN functionaries and their kin in non-governmental organizations (NGOs).” [36]

Hartnett-White claims that global warming is last on a list of “a dozen genuine public priorities,” and that the signing of the Paris agreement would signal “a return to pre-industrial days.” She adds that the idea that renewable energy could replace fossil fuels is a “grand delusion of climate policy”.  [36]

April 21, 2016

Kathleen Hartnett-White gave a talk at the April Luncheon of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Fort Worth Section. Her talk was titled “The Great Energy Enrichment.” [37]

March 3, 2016

“[M'ounting evidence invalidates the modeled predictions of the IPCC — the official scientific anchor of the crusade. For decades, the IPCC models have failed to accurately forecast temperature as observed by the most sophisticated technology: NASA's remote sensing satellites and balloons.” [38]

“Like it or not, prosperous countries are utterly dependent on the abundant, affordable, versatile, reliable, concentrated, controllable, and portable energy available from fossil fuels. At this point in time, the intermittent, and far more expensive, renewable energies cannot provide the countless energy services on which our long, healthy, affluent, and comfortable lives with personal freedom depend.” [38]

November 19, 2015

Kathleen Hartnett-White was a keynote speaker at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF)-sponsored event, “At The Crossroads” climate conference. She presented in Session II, in a talk titled “Not a Pollutant: CO2 is the Gas of Life.” Video below. [39]

November 18, 2015

Shortly before the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21Kathleen Hartnett-White was interviewed by The Daily Signal where she “outlines important climate questions.” According to Hartnett-White, there hasn't been significant global warming in 18 years:  [40]

“Temperatures have not warmed as predicted by the models over the last 18 years. And extreme weather events have not been more frequent or more intense than in the 20th century.” [40]

She argues coal, natural gas, and nuclear power are superior to wind and solar, claiming they have a smaller “physical footprint” and that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would “disfigure millions of acres of open space” with wind turbines.  [40]

“The kind of energy available in fossil fuels – abundant, affordable, concentrated, versatile, reliable, controllable, storable – was and remains a necessary condition of monumental improvements in human welfare and economic growth that emerged around 1800,” she said. “Policies to supplant fossil fuels – without a fully comparable substitute proven at scale – are immoral.”   [40]

With reference to the UN COP21 climate conference, she writes that “We don't need to supplant fossil fuels at this point in time. We need to help developing countries increase energy availability for their people and use emission control technologies to manage real pollutants.” She concludes that the U.S. Congress should recognize that “CO2 is not a pollutant within the regulatory jurisdiction of the Clean Air Act.”  [40]

Responding to the question “What are some ideas missing in the global warming policy conversation?” Hartnett-White says:  [40]

“The official science driving global warming alarmism is based on models built to assume that natural climate variables are extremely sensitive to a relatively small increase in atmospheric CO2 from human activity. But facts on the ground contradict the climate models' assumption,” She adds that Temperatures have not warmed as predicted by the models over the last 18 years. And extreme weather events have not been more frequent or more intense than in the 20th century.” [40]

September 29, 2015

Kathleen Hartnett-White writes in Townhall that Pope Francis's visit to America “is a reminder of the extent to which pure propaganda now circumscribes public discourse about climate change.” [18]

“The climate issue, in all its many dimensions, is not about air pollution as Pope Francis's recent speeches labeled the issue and as the media parroted his words. The climate change issue is about energy derived from fossil fuels,” White writes.

June 11, 2015

Kathleen Hartnett-White was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Tenth International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, DC where she discussed “ the economic impacts of federal climate policy” on a panel titled “Energy Realities.” Video below: [41]

November 30, 2014

With Stephen Moore, Kathleen Hartnett-White co-wrote an article in the Washington Times titled “EPA's goofy green-energy rules.” Together, the authors argue against the EPA's Clean Power Plan: [42]

“The EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan regulations are the most expansive and economically disruptive rules in four decades from an agency that is notorious for its reckless disregard for the financial consequences of regulation under the Clean Air Act, ” Moore and Hartnett-White write. “As an act of total desperation, the EPA is now playing the race card. The agency is adopting the theme that shutting down coal plants and other fossil fuel development is necessary to secure 'climate justice for communities of color.' Ms. McCarthy pitched this gibberish in August: 'Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice. If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.' This is just short of derangement.” [42]

September 25–26, 2014

Kathleen Hartnett-White spoke at the The-Texas-Public-Policy-Foundation-hosted ”At the Crossroads: Energy & Climate Policy Summit.” According to the event description, Sessions will explore the latest in climate science; current federal regulations and litigation; the history, politics, and economics behind man-made global warming; energy alternatives to fossil fuels; and how energy factors into prosperity and poverty. [43]

Speakers included:  [43]

June, 2014

Kathleen Hartnett-White authored a study at the Texas Public Policy Foundation titled “Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case.”  [19]

White says that her research was inspired by a “comprehensively researched monograph” written by fellow climate change denier Indur Goklany titled “Humanity Unbound.”  [19]

White describes the thesis of her paper as that “fossil fuels, as a necessary condition of the Industrial Revolution, made modern living standards possible and vastly improved living conditions across the world.”  [19]

”[…] the greatest beneficiaries of this energy revolution known as the Industrial Revolution were average workers and the most impoverished. Increasing emission of man-made CO2 is tightly correlated with this monumental achievement.”  [19]

According to White,  ”[fossil ]fuels are superior on many levels to the current alternatives.” With reference to climate change, she claims that evidence for dangerous climate change “weakens” over time.  [19]

“Mandates to force an abrupt energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources are naïve and fraught with peril for highly industrialized economies. As this paper detailed, energy sources are not necessarily interchangeable. In energy density, abundance, reliability, versatility, and other advantages, fossil fuels are far superior to wind, solar, and biomass. […]” 

IPCC science claims of 95 percent certainty that human activity is causing climate calamity are more like the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics than scientific conclusions. “ she writes. [19]

Hartnett-White spoke about the study at an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation. See video below:

May 30, 2014

Kathleen Hartnett-White is the author of an open letter to John Hennessy, President of Stanford University where she criticizes the university's divestment from coal: [2]

“I regret that the Board has endorsed a highly politicized, dogmatic point of view that is not in the interest of maximizing returns on the endowment investments, the abject needs of billions of people across the world or, indeed, the environment,” Hartnett-White writes. “Stanford's decision to divest in coal is a symbol for the elite that regrettably reflects indifference to the poor across the world who has never seen a light switch.” [2]

March 14, 2008

Kathleen Hartnett-White published an article in the opinion pages ofThe Hays Daily News (PDFwhere she claims that she made the decision to approve the first coal-fired power plant in Texas in 20 years because “[E]quipped with groundbreaking emission controls [the new plant], was a net environmental benefit for Texas,” reports Desmog. [44][45]

“Lost in the outcry over carbon dioxide are these considerations,” Hartnett-White said. “CO2 represents only 5 percent of global greenhouse gas. CO2 added by human activity such as power plants constitutes only 3.4 percent of all CO2.

As predicted by the reigning science of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the risk of global warming from human-induced greenhouse gases such as CO2 is an uncertain, remote, gradual risk with impacts predicted in 100 years or more.” [45]

The Wichita Eagle's Editorial blog responded:

She [Harnett White] also makes misleading, unsupported assertions on science, claiming that the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change portrays global warming as an 'uncertain, remote, gradual risk with impacts predicted in 100 years or more.' To the contrary, the panel's study is unequivocal on the high risks of warming, the environmental damage already under way, and the urgency of controlling carbon and greenhouse gases now.” [45]

July 23, 2007

The Dallas Morning News wrote an editorial discussing Hartnett-White's departure as chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: [46]

“She [Harnett White] has been an apologist for polluters, consistently siding with business interests instead of protecting public health. Ms. White worked to set a low bar as she lobbied for lax ozone standards and pushed through an inadequate anti-pollution plan. She also voted to approve TXU's pollution-intensive Oak Grove coal units, ignoring evidence that emissions from the lignite plant could thwart North Texas' efforts to meet air quality standards,” the editorial reads. [46]

December, 2003

A 2003 state auditor report (PDF) found that the Texas Environmental Quality Commission (TEQC) under Hartnett-White consistently failed to hold violators accountable for breaking its laws, applied fines that amounted to only about 40 percent of the profits the companies made breaking the law, and introduced policies that weakened its own regulations. [47]

Hartnett-White “was put in that position by the governor for that very reason,” Luke Metzger, director of the non-profit Environment Texas told Rolling Stone. “Gov. Perry had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from these very businesses who had an incentive to make sure there was as weak a regulatory structure in place as possible. She definitely filled that role to a tee.” [10]


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While Kathleet Hartnett-White does not appear to have a personal social media account, the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) maintains several accounts that make mention of her work:


A search of Google Scholar for articles by Kathleen Hartnett-White does not return any publications authored in peer-reviewed journals. However, the search does return a number of policy documents written by Kathleen Harnett-White and largely published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. For example: [48]

Other Publications

 A TPPF “Media Expert” backgrounder on Kathleen Hartnett-White lists Hartnett-White as making regular media appearancesin the National Review (print and online), Investors' Business Daily the Washington Examiner, Daily Caller, Forbes, Houston Chronicle, and Dallas Morning News. Some sample articles below. [49]


  1. Kathleen Hartnett-White, Distinguished Senior Fellow-In-Residence & Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment,” Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/2mZEt

  2. An Open Letter to President Hennessy,” Texas Public Policy Foundation, May 30, 2014. Archived November 28, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/ug5VU

  3. COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES 114 th Congress Disclosure Form As required by and provided for in House Rule XI, clause 2(g)(5)” (PDF). Retrieved from U.S. House of Representatives Document Repository. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  4. Home,” Fueling Freedom. Archived November 13, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/y99w1

  5. What We Do…Fueling Freedom. Archived November 13, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/g8bgS

  6. About,” CO2 Coalition. Archived April 14, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/9FCJk

  7. Gayathri Vaidyanathan. “Think tank that cast doubt on climate change science morphs into smaller one,” ClimateWire, December 10, 2015. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/fTPko

  8. Kirsten Korosec. “Food Fight: Big Beef Challenges EPA Climate Change Finding,” CBS, January 4, 2010. Archived February 15, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/yPWxl

  9. Janet Levy. “Green Energy Revolution Folly,” American Thinker, September 19, 2016. Archived November 13, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/xJOAx

  10. Antonia Juhasz. “President Trump's Energy Policy Would Be a Nightmare,” Rolling Stone, September 29, 2016. Archived November 28, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/c68oe

  11. Forrest Wilder. “Revealed: The Corporations and Billionaires that Fund the Texas Public Policy Foundation,” Texas Observer, August 24, 2012. Archived November 28, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/TOvci

  12. (Press Release). “EXPANSION OF TRUMP ECONOMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL,” PR2016.org, August 11, 2016. Archived September 28, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/5h88Y

  13. Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition,” Scientific American, September 26, 2016. 

  14. Among Texans, race is on for jobs in Trump administration,The Texas Tribune, November 10, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/o0bdj

  15. Kathleen Hartnett-White. “Restrain the imperial EPA,” The Hill, June 17, 2016. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/gjgJh

  16. Andrew Topf. “If Trump wins, he'll scrap Clean Power Plan and go after EPA,” Mining.com, September 23, 2016. Archived November 13, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/tSWfG

  17. Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump on science, energy, and the climate,” Ars Technica, October 19, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/W2kEp

  18. Kathleen Hartnett-White. “Clearing the Air on Climate Change,” Townhall, September 29, 2015. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/tsqtp

  19. Kathleen Hartnett-White. “Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Foundation, June 2014. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  20. John Siciliano. ”Trump's plan to bring back coal country places EPA in crosshairs,Washington Examiner, November 14, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/JeeoJ

  21. Kip Atkinson Keen and Molly Christian. “To stoke growth, Trump adviser calls for overhaul of environmental regulations,” S&P Global Market Intelligence. Retrieved from SNL.com. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  22. The GOP Platform Is Right: Coal Is Clean,” National Review, July 21, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/e2xrs

  23. Renewables are incapable of replacing hydrocarbons at scale,” The Hill, March 30, 2015. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/8P6ju

  24. At the Crossroads III: Energy and Climate Policy Summit,The Heritage Foundation. Archived November 24, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/KTgct

  25. Doug Domenech. “Climate change: Speaking truth to power,“ The Hill, December 13, 2016. Archived December 21, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/zAEH5

  26. Stewart Doreen. “Fueling Freedom speakers: There needs to be a fight over future energy sources,” MRT, October 22, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OLZqi

  27. A defense of fossil fuel: Renewable energy doesn't hold a candle to it,” Orlando Sentinel, October 7, 2016. Arhchive.is URL: https://archive.is/XyPVG

  28. Trump aide: Trump's temperament 'humanizing,' Clinton's 'very, very scripted',” CNBC, September 27, 2016. Archived November 13, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/6LtnO

  29. Alex Swoyer. “Energy Expert Praises Trump's Economic Plan: 'Surest Path to Job Creation',” Breitbart, August 9, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/mxSlQ

  30. Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy,” The Heritage Foundation, June 6, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/FyYGu

  31. EPISODE 245: KATHLEEN HARTNETT WHITE,” The Energy Makers Show. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/fFpvp

  32. Kathleen Hartnett-White on Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler,” YouTube video uploaded by Javelin DC, May 26, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  33. Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy Hardcover – May 23 2016,” Amazon.ca. Archived July 4, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  34. Nancy Thorner. “Stephen Moore Exposes the Mad War on Energy,” The Heartland Institute, July 1, 2016. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/z7PWs

  35. Ken Blackwell. “Green Energy Policies May Haunt Democrats This Fall,” The Patriot Post, July 2, 2016. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/PE2Mk

  36. Kathleen Hartnett-White. “Signing The Paris Agreement Is The Worst Way To Celebrate Earth Day,” The Federalist, April 22, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/E5ENy

  37. April Luncheon - Kathleen Hartnett-White, 'The Great Energy Enrichment',SPE International Fort Worth Section. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/887r3

  38. Kathleen Hartnett-White. “Is the Climate Crusade Stalling?National Review, March 3, 2016. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/zfqcu

  39. At the Crossroads, Session II: Not a Pollutant: CO2 is The Gas of Life,” YouTube video uploaded by user Texas Public Policy Foundation, November 19, 2015.

  40. Here's What Will Not Be Discussed at the Upcoming U.N. Climate Conference in Paris,” The Daily Signal, November 18, 2015. Republished by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived November 13, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/wRm6K

  41. TPPF's Kathleen Hartnett-White to Participate in International Conference on Climate Change,” Texas Public Policy Foundation, June 11, 2015. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/2Aqjx

  42. EPA's goofy green-energy rules,” The Washington Times, November 30, 2014. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/48qBN

  43. (Press Release). “Tomorrow: TPPF Hosts 'At the Crossroads: Energy & Climate Policy Summit' Featuring Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Dan Patrick,” Texas Public Policy Foundation, September 24, 2014. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/sEGLX

  44. Kathleen White. “Holcom holds environmental promise” (PDF), The Hays Daily News. Retrieved from Newspapers.com. Archived .pdf on file at Desmogblog.

  45. Kevin Grandia. “Texas Pollution Apologist Weighs in on Kansas Coal Fight,” Desmog, March 13, 2008.

  46. Clean Air Awaits: Gov. Perry should seize this chance to reshape TCEQ,” The Dallas Morning News, July 23, 2007. Archived August 27, 2007. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/LinZJ

  47. “An Audit Report on The Commission on Environmental Quality's Enforcement and Permitting Functions for Selected Programs” (PDF), State Auditor's Office, December 2003 (Report No. 04-016). Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  48. Google Scholar Search for author “Kathleen Hartnett-White” OR “Kathleen Hartnett White.” Performed February 10, 2017. Archived. pdf on file at DeSmog.

  49. “Media Expert: Kathleen Hartnett White” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  50. LIVE from Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) When Politics Meets Climate Forecasting with Tony Heller, Kathleen Hartnett White, and Craig Idso,” Facebook post by Energy & Environment Legal Institute, February 24, 2017. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

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