On Thursday, President Donald Trump nominated Kathleen Hartnett White to be the chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). This relatively little-known office helps coordinate environmental policymaking in the Executive Branch, and works with agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency to vet new rules and regulations.

Even in an administration loaded with climate deniers, Hartnett White, if confirmed, would stand out for her extreme views on climate science. She has a track record of expressing an enthusiasm for burning more fossil fuels, like oil, coal, and natural gas, compared to renewable energy sources. …

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