"Two of President Trump's top environmental nominees took a step closer to Senate confirmation today.
[Wednesday] morning, the Environment and Public Works Committee moved through the nominations of Kathleen Hartnett White to be chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Andrew Wheeler to be deputy U.S. EPA administrator. Both passed on party-line votes of 11-10.
Panel Democrats spent much of their time at the EPW meeting protesting Hartnett White. The senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and former chairwoman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has questioned climate change science and also has touted fossil fuels and increased carbon dioxide emissions as beneficial for life."