Texan could get post in Trump administration in energy related area
The parade of Texans to Trump Tower continues, but this time the president-elect is turning to a lesser-known individual for policy advice.White is one of the smart people who has challenged the Big Green groups and put them on the defensive with facts and logic. She is right that currently neither wind or solar alternative energy can be effectively modulated. That makes them more expensive than proponents have admitted because they require natural gas or coal-fired plants in order to keep the lights and other equipment on. She would make an excellent choice for either of the named positions in the article.
Kathleen Hartnett White, a director of energy policy at a conservative Texas think-tank and a Donald Trump energy adviser during the campaign, met with the president-elect Monday afternoon.
White told The Texas Tribune she has been contacted by the Trump transition team.
“I think a lot of things are way too premature to try to characterize meaningfully, but it would be my lifelong work — it would be an honor to serve in his administration,” White said.
White serves as the director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based conservative think-tank. She formerly led the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a state agency with the goal of “clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.”
White’s background as a regulator and environmental policymaker would likely make her a fit to lead the Environmental Protection Agency or the Interior Department in Trump’s Cabinet.
Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore said White is “one of the great environmental and natural resources experts in our country” and that he would “love to see her in a high-level position.”
But her appointment would likely irk environmentalists.
In July, White authored a piece for National Review titled “The GOP Platform Is Right: Coal is Clean.”
In an October interview with the Orlando Sentinel, White described renewable energy as “uncontrollable.”