Crowe Decries Appointment of Kathleen Hartnett White To Top Environmental Post


Congressional candidate led protest of Hartnett White’s climate change denial event last year in Austin

Austin, Texas—Derrick Crowe today decried President Trump’s appointment of Kathleen Hartnett White, a notorious climate change denier and fracking promoter, to lead the Council on Environmental Quality. The appointment places a fringe personality who claims carbon dioxide is “the gas of life” in charge of coordinating environmental efforts across federal agencies.

“Kathleen Hartnett White says fracking is ‘fueling freedom’ and equates rising carbon dioxide levels to plant food,” Crowe said. “Her fringe climate ideas make her a public menace, not a serious policymaker.”

Hartnett White is a fellow of the Koch- and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF).  Crowe joined with Texas Drought Project,, and other environmental groups in Austin on June 22, 2016, to organize a protest outside of the TPPF event celebrating the launch of Kathleen Hartnett White’s book, “Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy.” InsideClimate News describes the book as a “paean to the fracking boom.”

“Hartnett White’s denialism is of a piece with Lamar Smith, who similarly claims so-called ‘carbon enrichment’ is a welcome development,” Crowe added. “Science is clear: human-driven carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming and climate change. Denying those facts in a federal policymaking role endangers the future of our society.”

Crowe is a former Democratic congressional staffer, small business owner, and climate change action organizer endorsed by environmental leader Bill McKibben and Democracy for America. His platform includes support for real climate change action, Medicare For All, a $15/hour minimum wage, and College for All. Learn more: