No surprise that Trump is appointing a grand witch of a Climate Denier, Kathleen Harnett White, as White House Environmental Advisor. It is the lay of land where our current secretary of state, Perry, has had his hand in so much incestuous job hopping enabling.
For example another affluent Kathleen was (then Texas Governor) Perry appointed. Kathleen Jackson (former Exxon PR executive…go fracking figure) was appointed to the Texas Water Development Board.
Elizabeth Ames Jones (her daddy was bigly rich in cattle and oil) was added to the Railroad Commission to oversee the Oil & Gas industry. She earned a bachelors degree in Journalism…..imagine that?
Former TCEQ Chairman & Commissioner non-scientist, Kathleen Hartnett White, was Perry appointed in 2001 to serve & protect (the oil and gas industry?).
Prior to that she “served on the Texas Water Development Board, the Texas Economic Development Commission and the Environmental Flows Study Commission. Kathleen (was also) an officer and a director of the Lower Colorado River Authority – which was her fifth gubernatorial appointment”.
Here are Kathleen White’s *NON-SCIENTIST comments below in italics on CO2 = Life ….
Back in 2013 on the Mark Davis Show, Kathleen White commented on the EPA setting rules to reduce CO2 on existing power plants. Right out of the gate they both agreed that CO2 = Life (*why regulate it?) and so I decided to find out why “she” was chosen to be interviewed on the Mark Davis Show regarding this EPA hearing. I was NOT surprised to find out she did NOT have a background in Environmental Science.
It turns out that her expertise is in cows, religion, law, and I quote…”White received her bachelor cum laude and master degrees from Stanford University where for three years she held the Elizabeth Wheeler Lyman Scholarship for an Outstanding Woman in the Humanities”.
Non-scientist Harnett White goes after two actual scientists in her article… http://www.statesman.com/news/news/white-a-fog-around-smog/nStMJ/ . I highly encourage you to read the comments on this too. She boldly states…
“Emissions of VOCs from Barnett Shale production are increasingly a non-problem. Most of the natural gas in the Barnett Shale formation is what geologists call “dry gas.” With little to zero associated liquids, VOCs are unlikely to be emitted from most dry gas wells.”
But I laugh with a hearty “HA HA HA” as I myself who also have no degree in environmental science challenge her to tell me what is coming off of these storage -stanks- in this TCEQ generated video of infrared captured emissions at the Lake Arlington Pipeline Compressor Station. BTW this video is the same facility that she bashes the work of one of the scientists in this article.
I also challenge Harnett White who says our Barnett Shale gas is unlikely to have (harmful?) liquids when a citizen funded air test failed for Benzene and Napthlene here in nearby Colleyville TX.
In addition to bashing scientists, she proudly displays her Manmade Climate Change Denialism in yet another article of her own nonscientific work explaining how CO2 isn’t DIRECTLY harmful to breathe and how laws aren’t important if they don’t pertain to the “here and now”. She wrote …
“Ambient refers to the air humans breathe—what surrounds us now at ground levels, not atmospheric accumulations 30 to 50 years in the future as predicted by the official science of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”
In this same article, http://www.texaspolicy.com/center/energy-environment/opinions/are-texas-power-plants-cleanest-or-dirtiest, she trys to paint the picture that Texas’ huge share of the United States overall pollution is cleaner relative to the jobs this pollution creates……..
“Natural processes create about 200 billion tons of CO2 per year. Man-made CO2 emissions may generate about 7 billion tons. Have we forgotten that CO2 is a ubiquitous component of the natural process photosynthesis, on which all life depends?”
If indeed man contributes less than 4% of CO2, shouldn’t we give up on regulating CO2 and instead focus on all the fracking related Methane losses since CH4 speeds up global warming?* Oh wait…TCEQ doesn’t even test for Methane on their ambient monitors and suma canisters.
Well when Ft Worth had ERG do that one million dollar air test, they said our ambient Methane levels were at 5-10 ppm methane when the world wide background average is 2 ppm
……nice work Perry…your NON-SCIENTIST appointees are apparently adept at wasting away our natural resources “and” our health & environment for …jobs….
*We have to remove Trump and his appointees because we cannot give up on controlling the manmade portion of CO2 because THAT amount is what nature cannot handle.
Per https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/education/faq_cat-1.html#23,”The Earth has a natural CO2 cycle that moves massive amounts of CO2 into and out of the atmosphere. The oceans and land vegetation release and absorb over 200 billion metric tons of carbon into and out of the atmosphere each year. When the cycle is balanced, atmospheric levels of CO2 remain relatively stable. Human activities are now adding about 7 billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year, which is only about 3-4% of the amount exchanged naturally. But that’s enough to knock the system out of balance, surpassing nature’s ability to take our CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere. The oceans and land vegetation are absorbing about half of our emissions; the other half remains airborne for 100 years or longer. This is what is causing the rapid buildup of CO2, a buildup that dwarfs natural fluctuations.”
5 fast facts
and more from desmogblog
on NON-SCIENTIST Kathleen Harnett White…..“received her bachelor cum laude
and master degrees from Stanford University where she held the E. W. Lyman
Academic Scholarship. Her many academic awards include a national Danforth
National Fellowship for doctoral work at Princeton University, Princeton’s
Jonathan Edwards Award for Academic Excellence, and a Lineberry Foundation
Fellowship at Texas Tech University School of law.
White is also a partner with her husband in a 125 year-old ranching operation in
Jeff Davis and Presidio counties, Texas”.