WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing on nominees for two top environmental posts on Wednesday quickly turned testy over the Trump administration’s ambivalence on climate change science.
Andrew R. Wheeler, a lobbyist for Murray Energy, which is owned by Robert E. Murray, an Appalachian coal mining magnate and prominent backer of President Trump, has been nominated to be the
deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Kathleen Hartnett White, a former Texas environmental regulator who has described belief in global warming as “a kind of paganism,” has been tapped to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Democratic members of the Environment and Public Works Committee focused much of their hostility on White, assailing her past writings on climate change.
“Your positions are so far out of the mainstream, they are not just outliers, they are outrageous,” said Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts. “You have a fringe voice that denies science, economics, and reality.”