Thursday’s HausGuest – Environmental Expert Kathleen Hartnett White

Kathleen Hartnett White is a STAUNCH environmentalist. But not THAT kind of environmentalist.

Here’s her bio:

She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment and prior to joining the Foundation, she served a six-year term as Chairman and Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). She also served as then Governor George Bush appointee to the Texas Water Development Board where she sat until appointed to TCEQ.

White now sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Regulatory Science, the Texas Emission Reduction Advisory Board, and the Texas Water Foundation. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including National Review, Investors’ Business Daily, Washington Examiner, Forbes, Daily Caller, The Hill, and major Texas newspapers. She most recently testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

A writer and consultant on environmental laws, free market natural resource policy, private property rights, and ranching history, 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. She was also awarded a Danforth National Fellowship for doctoral work at Princeton University in Comparative Religion and there won the Jonathan Edwards Award for Academic Excellence. She also studied law under a Lineberry Foundation Fellowship at Texas Tech University.

She was a special assistant in the White House Office of the First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Shorter: She’s extraordinarily well-educated and has extensive experience in the environmental world.

With Stephen Moore (of The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal), she’s just written this book:

fueling freedom

Here’s a quick summary of the book:

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.

An “unapologetic case for fossil fuels” to keep the planet from being “less safe, less clean, and less free”: Not THAT kind of environmentalist.

She also just had this column published by The Hill about the Environmental Protection Agency:Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 3.57.20 PM

Here’s the opening paragraph:

The growing power of the administrative state is the defining feature of this era. Federal regulations now touch almost every area of American life, and almost all economic activity. Aggressive regulatory bodies like the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) increasingly impose these mandates by seizing what is the exclusive legislative power of Congress.

I cannot wait to talk to her about BOTH of these incredibly important topics.


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