Kathleen Hartnett White
- M.A., Humanities & Religion, Stanford University. , , 
- B.A. Humanities & Religion, Stanford University. , , 
- Attended Doctoral Program in Religion, specializing in East Asian and comparative Religions, Princeton University. , 
- Completed first year of law school, Texas Tech University. , 
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. 
In October 2017, Trump tapped Hartnett White to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), pending confirmation. She was also a member of Trump's ”economic advisory team” in 2016. , 
A 2003 profile of Hartnett-White in the Big Bend Sentinel notes that before being appointed chairwoman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) she grew up on her family's ranch near Salina, Kansas, “which is not quite the center of Kansas but is about as close to the middle of the country as one can get.” 
After graduating Salina High School in 1967, where she was a cheerleader, she went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in East Asian studies and comparative religion at Stanford. During her studies, she kept ties to the family business, even writing her thesis while living and working at her family's ranch. After beginning studies for her doctorate at Princeton, Hartnett-White decided to leave for Washington, D.C. where she became active with with Republican Party and ranching circles. She eventually received appointment in the second Reagan Administration to a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She was later special assistant to First Lady Nancy Reagan. , 
After working for several years in Washington, including a position as director of private lands and the environment for the National Cattlemen's Association, Hartnett-White returned to Texas and enrolled in law school at Texas Tech University. In 1999, White was appointed to the Texas Water Development Board, a position she kept for two years before moving to TCEQ. As of 2003, her and her husband relocated to Rosanky Texas where they breed Jack Russel terriers. 
More recently, Kathleen Hartnett White was 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. , , , 
In addition to her former position as director of public lands and the environment for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) in Washington, D.C. she has also served as director of the Ranching Heritage Association. NCBA opposed the EPA's endangerment finding rule in 2010. , 
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.” , , 
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. “ 
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
From 2003 to 2007, Hartnett White was the leader of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) appointed by Rick Perry. The Texas Observer noted that as TCEQ leader, Hartnett White voted to construct a new coal plant near Dallas despite opposition from mayors and officials in 24 cities and countries. When judges reviewed the plant's air permit, telling TCEQ that its pollution controls would be insufficient, Hartnett White argued that the owner of the plant was “under no obligation to prove its pollution controls would work.” 
A 2003 Texas State Audit found that the TCEQ did “not consistently ensure violators are held accountable” and polluters “often have economic benefits that exceed their penalties, which could reduce their incentive to comply.” 
Emails from the TCEQ revealed that Hartnett had led the group while it was involved in what one government watchdog group described as “conspiracy at the TCEQ of the highest order.” Despite clear rules dictating federal limits on radiation in drinking water, KHOU 11 News reported that “the agency’s top commissioners directed staff to continue lowering radiation test results, in defiance of federal EPA rules.” 
Before he chose her to become chairman of TCEQ, then-Governor Rick Perry had also appointed her to the Texas Water Development Board. 
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 promised 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. , 
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.” 
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.” , 
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. 
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
“[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.” 
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”: 
“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.” 
“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.” 
“[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.” 
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.” 
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.” 
“We're not a democracy if science dictates what our rules are.” 
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”: 
“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). 
“Now, the plentiful, reliable, and affordable energy source that is coal can be regarded as clean.” 
March 30, 2016
Writing in The Hill, Hartnett White said:
“Renewables are a false hope that simply won't work.” 
“[I]ntermittent renewables are parasitic on back-up power from reliable fossil fuels” 
“There is no environmental crisis—in fact, there’s almost no major environmental problems.”
November 8, 2017
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett-White to be a member of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and for Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. View Hartnett-White's opening statement here. , 
Senator Carper said in his opening statement: 
“The nominee to carry on this important work must be someone who can build alliances. Someone who can work with Congress and be a credible leader. Unfortunately, in my view the nominee before us today, Kathleen Hartnett White, does not in my opinion meet this standard.
“In her years serving the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, an thereafter, Mrs. White has shown a distain for science. A disregard for the laws and regulations already on the books and a staggering disrespect for people who have views with which she disagrees.
“Mrs. White, who has been asked to hold the top environmental position in the Whitehouse, has shown that she is not only a science denier, but actively promotes misinformation on climate, on ozone, on mercury, particulate matter and other known health hazards that impact our air and our waterways.
“From describing the renewable fuel standard as 'unethical' to comparing people who believe in climate programs to 'pagans', to saying environmentalism will lead to mass starvation or other large-scale calamities, her tone, her words, her actions, are simply unacceptable.”
Senator Fischer voiced concerns about Hartnett-White's use of “flawed data” as recently as 2014 and 2016 with regards to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), pointing to a 2014 example of where Hartnett-White had made a statement on how “ethanol prices in the United States have led to food riots in several countries over the last few years.” She asked whether they could be confident that Hartnett-White would “check data” and “check facts” before offering advice or optoins to the President. 
October 12, 2017
As first reported by Hannah Northey on Twitter and later at E&E News, President Donald Trump named Kathleen-Hartnett to chair the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), pending approval. Rick Perry, who previously appointed Hartnett White to the role she held at the Texas Council on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) from 2004 to 2007, had reportedly advocated for her to run for the position at CEQ. , , , 
As head of the CEQ, Hartnett White would be in charge of coordinating interagency science, climate, and environmental policy and oversee things such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process and agency compliance with that law. 
“Though CEQ oversees the NEPA process, it remains unclear how seriously Hartnett White will take the NEPA review process, for decades seen as a bedrock of U.S. environmental regulation since NEPA became law in 1970,” DeSmog's Steve Horn reported. 
Hartnett White will go through a U.S. Senate confirmation hearing process, where she will likely face questions regarding her history of promoting fossil fuels and denying climate change. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a press statement critical of Hartnett White's appointment: 
“At least Butch and Sundance had to put some effort into robbing banks and trains,” Ken Cook, EWG's president, said in a press statement. “If Hartnett White joins Administrator Pruitt, polluters will stroll through the front doors of both the EPA and the White House, no questions asked, as the rampant looting of environmental and public health protection policies continues.” 
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. 
Hartnett White describes the CO2 coalition as “very very meaningful source,” and later says that the group has inspired her and given her hope: 
“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.” 
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.” 
“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. 
She later describes climate change policies as a “civilizational threat,” and claims that “All the climate policies to date are futile.” 
“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.” 
Hartnett White concludes that she hopes President Trump will usher in new policy: 
“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.” 
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. 
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.” 
In her closing remarks, Hartnett said: 
“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.” 
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. 
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.” 
The agenda lists the following speakers: 
- Brooke Rollins, President, Texas Public Policy Foundation
- Becky Norton Dunlop, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
- The Honorable Mike Lee (R-UT), Member, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, and Chairman, Subcommittee on Water & Power
- The Honorable Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- The Honorable Pete Olson (R-TX), Chairman, Subcommittee on Energy & Power, House Committee on Energy & Commerce
- The Honorable Gary Palmer (R-TX), Member, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Michael Needham, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Action for America – Moderator
- The Honorable James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman, Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
- The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White, Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment, TPPF
- Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
- Bud Brigham, Chairman, Brigham Resources, and Founder, Anthem Ventures – Moderator
- David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
- Patrick J. Michaels, Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute
- Mark P. Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Power Group; Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute; and Faculty Fellow, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
- Horace Cooper, Adjunct Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research – Moderator
- Patrick Forkin, Vice President Strategy & Global Energy Analytics, Peabody Energy
- Allen Gilmer, President, Texas Independent Petroleum Producers Association
- Karen Harbert, President, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Invited)
- Nick Loris, The Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, The Heritage Foundation – Moderator
- Dr. Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, MIT
- Dr. Willie Soon, Astrophysicist and Independent Scientist
- Andrew M. Grossman, Co-Founder, Free Speech in Science Project – Moderator
- Dr. William Happer, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Princeton University
- Dr. Craig Idso, Chairman, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
- Dr. Roy Spencer, Principal Research Scientist, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Doug Domenech, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's “Fueling Freedom” project, wrote about the proceedings at The Hill. Domenech 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.” 
October 22, 2016
“You can't compete with heat value and density of coal, natural gas and petroleum.” 
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. 
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.” 
They also said that pushing developing countries to use renewables is like keeping them in a “16th century energy mindset.” 
October 7, 2016
“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.” 
“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.” 
“Even without an aggressive climate plan, the U.S. is reducing CO2 more than any other country.” 
“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.” 
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.” 
September 23, 2016
“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. 
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: 
“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. 
August 9, 2016
“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.” 
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.” 
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.” 
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.” 
“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.” 
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. 
“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.” 
“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.” 
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. 
“A significant part of [Hillary's] party is at a predominately extreme position on energy,” Hartnett White says. 
May 23, 2016
“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.” 
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.” 
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.” 
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.” 
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.” 
“Contrary to false reports in the media, virtually no documented environmental problems have been associated with fracking – ever.” 
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: 
“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).” 
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”. 
April 21, 2016
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.” 
“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.” 
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. 
November 18, 2015
Shortly before the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) Kathleen 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: 
“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.” 
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. 
“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.” 
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.” 
Responding to the question “What are some ideas missing in the global warming policy conversation?” Hartnett White says: 
“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.” 
September 29, 2015
“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: 
November 30, 2014
“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.” 
September 25–26, 2014
Kathleen Hartnett White spoke at 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. 
Speakers included: 
- Matt Ridley — Author of The Rational Optimist
- Mark P. Mills — Senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute
- Dr. Frank Clemente — Professor emeritus at Penn State University
- Governor Rick Perry
- State Senator Dan Patrick (Houston)
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.” 
”[…] 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.” 
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. 
“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. 
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: 
“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.” 
March 14, 2008
Kathleen Hartnett White published an article in the opinion pages ofThe Hays Daily News (PDF) where 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. , 
“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.” 
She [Harntett 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.” 
2004 — 2007
“She [Hartnett 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. 
Environmental groups had put up a billboard and website pushing for Hartnett White to be removed from the position. White said that her exit, which came when her term expires, had always been planned. 
During her time at TCEQ, where she had been appointed by Rick Perry, Hartnett White approved a new coal plant despite widespread opposition. When judges reviewed the plant's air permit and concluded controls would be insufficient, Hartnett White said the owner of the plant was “under no obligation to prove its pollution controls would work.” 
A 2003 Texas State Audit found that the TCEQ did “not consistently ensure violators are held accountable” and polluters “often have economic benefits that exceed their penalties, which could reduce their incentive to comply.” 
The TCEQ maintained the practice of subtracting off each test's margin of error, making the resulting radiation levels appear lower than they actually were, while the EPA had said as early as 2000 that states should not subtract this margin of error. The emails show that by October, 2007, TCEQ staff began questioning the senior directors about whether it was appropriate to defy this federal regulation. 
The TCEQ drinking water team lead was told, “I believe there may been some EPA guidance on not subtracting, but can’t remember back that far for sure. This has been the practice in Texas since day one of radionuclide monitoring. This option was thoroughly discussed with the commissioners and the (executive director) staff when the reg was being adopted. We were directed to maintain the current methodology for subtracting the counting error at that time.” 
The same team leader had presented testimony on behalf of TCEQ that showed TCEQ was aware of the federal rule, noting that the federal agency had “issued guidance for calculating radionuclide levels for compliance.” Kathleen Hartnett White was present at a discussion of the TCEQ testimony in a June 7, 2004 meeting with the Texas Water Advisory Council, minutes from the meeting showed. 
Kathleen Hartnett White, who also sat on the Texas Water Advisory Council at the time, told KHOU news that the decision to continue the subtraction was a good one: 
“As memory serves me, that made incredibly good sense,” she said. 
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. 
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.” 
- Texas Public Policy Foundation — Senior fellow-in-residence. Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment. 
- CO2 Coalition — Member, Advisory Committee. 
- Donald Trump Presidential Campaign (2016) — Member, Economic Advisory Team. 
- The Fueling Freedom Project — Director. 
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) — Chairman (November 2001–August 2007). 
- GenTex Power Corporation — Board Member (2010–2013). 
- Hartnett & Evans — Managed a family-owned ranging, farming, and oil and gas business (1980–1985). 
- Texas Water Foundation — Board Member. 
- National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) — Former Board Member. 
- Texas Water Development — Board Member (1999–2001). 
- Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission — Board Member (1999–2001). 
- Cattlemen's Legal Defense Fund — Former Board Member. 
- Texas National Resource Foundation — Former Board Member. 
- International Boundary and Water Commission — Former Board Member. 
- Bi-National Working Group on Environment — Former Board Member. 
- Ranching Heritage Foundation — Executive Director (1993–1994). 
- National Cattlemen's Association — Director of Private Lands and Environment (1987–1993). 
- Environmental Flows — Member, Advisory Committee (2006). 
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 Harntett-White and largely published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. For example: 
- Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Foundation, 2014. 
- “EPA's Pretense of Science Regulating Phantom Risks” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Foundation, 2012.
- “The Clean Air Act: Reform Proposals” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Foundation PolicyPerspective, October 2012.
- “Inglorious Mess,” National Review Online, 2012.
- “The New Value of Water,” Texas Public Policy Foundation, 2004. (Part of the TPPF report “Choppy Waters: Understanding the Challenges to Texas Water Policy.”)
- KH White, LR Soward, G Shankle. “Harvesting, storing, and treating rainwater for domestic indoor use,” Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 2007.
- “Texas' Ozone Success: Changing Standards Mask Texas' Air Quality Achievements,” Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 2010.
- “Who Regulates the Regulator: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Texas State Agency Rulemaking,” Hein Online, 2012 - 2013.
- “EPA as Overlord of U.S. Electric Power” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Foundation, October 2014.
- Kathleen Hartnett White and Mario Loyola. “EPA's Regulatory Barrage and the Lone Star State” (PDF), Inside ALEC, November/December 2010.
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. 
- “EPA's Approaching Regulatory Avalanch” (PDF), Texas Public Poilcy Foundation, February, 2012.
- “The Fracas on Fracking,” National Review, February 16, 2011.
- “Taming the Fourth Branch” The Daily Caller, September 12, 2011.
- “The Ruse of Regulatory Reform,” National Review Online, February 16, 2011.
- “Environmental Policy Constraints on U.S. Oil Supply,” Texas Public Policy Foundation, May 22, 2008.
“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 URL: https://archive.is/2mZEt
“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.
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 URL: https://archive.is/fTPko
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
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
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
“Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition,” Scientific American, September 26, 2016.
“Among Texans, race is on for jobs in Trump administration,” The Texas Tribune, November 10, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/o0bdj
“Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump on science, energy, and the climate,” Ars Technica, October 19, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/W2kEp
Kathleen Hartnett White. “Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Foundation, June 2014. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.
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 URL: https://archive.is/JeeoJ
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.
“Renewables are incapable of replacing hydrocarbons at scale,” The Hill, March 30, 2015. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/8P6ju
“At the Crossroads III: Energy and Climate Policy Summit,” The Heritage Foundation. Archived November 24, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/KTgct
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
“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
“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
Alex Swoyer. “Energy Expert Praises Trump's Economic Plan: 'Surest Path to Job Creation',” Breitbart, August 9, 2016. Archived November 14, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/mxSlQ
“Kathleen Hartnett White on Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler,” YouTube video uploaded by Javelin DC, May 26, 2016. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
“Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy Hardcover – May 23 2016,” Amazon.ca. Archived July 4, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
Ken Blackwell. “Green Energy Policies May Haunt Democrats This Fall,” The Patriot Post, July 2, 2016. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/PE2Mk
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 URL: https://archive.is/E5ENy
“April Luncheon - Kathleen Hartnett White, 'The Great Energy Enrichment',” SPE International Fort Worth Section. Archived July 4, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/887r3
“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.
“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
“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 URL: https://archive.is/2Aqjx
(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
Kathleen White. “Holcom holds environmental promise” (PDF), The Hays Daily News. Retrieved from Newspapers.com. Archived .pdf on file at Desmogblog.
Kevin Grandia. “Texas Pollution Apologist Weighs in on Kansas Coal Fight,” Desmog, March 13, 2008.
“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 URL: https://archive.is/LinZJ
“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.
Google Scholar Search for author “Kathleen Hartnett White” OR “Kathleen Hartnett White.” Performed February 10, 2017. Archived. pdf on file at DeSmog.
“Media Expert: Kathleen Hartnett White” (PDF), Texas Public Policy Foundation. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.
“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.
Steve Horn. “Trump Names Climate Denier Kathleen Hartnett White to Head White House Environmental Council,” DeSmog, October 13, 2017.
“Texas Environmentalists: Kathleen Hartnett White Would be ‘Disaster’ as EPA Chief,” Texas Observer, November 30, 2016. Archived October 13, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/adi1g
“An Audit Report on The Commission on Environmental Quality’s Enforcement and Permitting Functions for Selected Programs” (PDF), State Auditor's Office, December 2003.
“Texas politicians knew agency hid the amount of radiation in drinking water,” KHOU 11 News, May 19, 2011. Archived May 28, 2014. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/EqISh
“Trump nominates Kathleen Hartnett White to be a member - and upon confirmation chairwoman - of the Council on Environmental Quality,” Twitter post by user @HMNorthey, October 12, 2017.
Robin Bravender. “Trump taps CO2 defender to head CEQ,” E&E News, October 13, 2017.
Alex Guillen and Andrew Restuccia. “Trump eyes climate skeptic for key White House environmental post,” Politico, April 12, 2017. Archived October 13, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/iIuPG
“Extreme Power Abuse,” Vimeo, uploaded by user AFPhq.
“For Top White House Environment Job, Trump Taps Carbon Dioxide Fan,” EWG, October 13, 2017. Archived October 13, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/CdZqE
Dan Keane. “Valentine rancher named TCEQ chairwoman as environmental issues heat up in West Texas” (PDF), The Big Bend Sentinel, Vol. 70 No. 30 (October 23, 2003).
“Hearing on the Nominations of Kathleen Hartnett White to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality and Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, November 8, 2017. Archived November 10, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Xpnvy
“Opening Statement of Kathleen Hartnett White Nominee for Member, White House Council on Environmental Quality U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works” (PDF), EPW.Senate.gov, November 8, 2017.
Jim Marston. “Hartnett White and Pals Twist Science for Sake of Fossil Fuel Interests,” Environmental Defense Fund, August 24, 2015. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/0fXDD