She's not a scientist.
Did I say she wasn't a scientist? Yes, that's right, Kathleen Hartnett-White is not a scientist, but that won't stop Trump seeking her special expertise to oversee all things environmental in the U.S. You have to wonder who slipped her name into the nominating process anyway.
I've been documenting just how f**ked up the government is now that our sociopathic malignant narcist became president. But like Americans everywhere said, "heck, let's try something different, you know, blow up the old system and start over." Granted. From NPR's Marketplace:
If appointed to the president's Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett-White would coordinate environmental policy across the administration. But since her nomination, some controversial statements she's made have been circulating on YouTube. Here are few quotes:KATHLEEN HARTNETT-WHITE: The book has all kinds of examples of the really beneficial impacts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
HARTNETT-WHITE: Fossil fuels are the remains of life - plant and animal life … They come back, through burning them, to amplify our lives - to do work that we otherwise would have to do yourself.
The logical extension of the old line “government is bad” is that now we can honestly say it is, and that even its unbiased government researchers are can’t be trusted, which is now true too. Of course special interest for-profit companies that have a lot of money to lose...they can be trusted:
KATHLEEN HARTNETT-WHITE: “Environmental regulators almost entirely don't know about every technological means that you might be able to do this or do that. Industry does know that. They're the ones that develop the emission-control technology and methods of using it that still allow even some growth but yet emissions are reduced.”
You'll shudder at this one....Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse laid out a few easy questions. The undisputed facts below counter what "not a scientist" White anecdotally thinks:
NOAA: More than 90 percent of the warming that has happened on Earth over the past 50 years has occurred in the ocean. Recent studies estimate that warming of the upper oceans accounts for about 63 percent of the total increase in the amount of stored heat in the climate system from 1971 to 2010, and warming from 700 meters down to the ocean floor adds about another 30 percent. Though the atmosphere has been spared from the full extent of global warming for now, heat already stored in the ocean will eventually be released, committing Earth to additional warming in the future.
In the present, warming of ocean water is raising global sea level because water expands when it warms. Combined with water from melting glaciers on land, the rising sea threatens natural ecosystems and human structures near coastlines around the world.