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     Kathleen Hartnett White is Trump’s latest pick to join his team. Trump intends for Hartnett White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
The CEQ is a division of the Executive Office that works closely with the president to develop environmental and energy policies and initiatives. The council was established in 1969 as a part of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

     CEQ’s job in government is to provide the president with an annual report on the state of the environment, supervise federal agencies on environmental impact assessments and act as a mediator for squabbling agencies in regards to environmental assessments.

     Hartnett White attended a confirmation hearing lead by a senate council last week and was unable to answer many of the environment based questions she was asked. She even went so far as to say that she doesn’t really believe climate change is real and/or caused by human activity.

     “I’m not a scientist, but in my personal capacity, I have many questions that remain unanswered by current climate policy,” Hartnett White says.

     We at The Voice believe Trump needs to stop nominating people who are completely unqualified for the positions he is nominating them for.

     From potential judges to committee leaders, Trump has frequently picked people who do not meet the most basic qualifications for the jobs. At the beginning of November, Trump nominated a man for a federal judge position who had never tried a case and had only been working as a lawyer for three years.

     The people Trump has picked are often anti whatever their job is. Hartnett White disagrees with what most scientists agree on in terms of climate change, its severity and the cause of it. We at The Voice believe Hartnett White cannot do well in the position that is expected to protect the environment when she doesn’t believe the environment is in danger.  

     With almost every question Hartnett White responded by saying “I don’t know” and “I don’t have the expertise.” Hartnett White also responded to a question on climate change saying that she believed there is room for a difference of opinion on scientific facts.

     By choosing these nominees, Trump has shown that he doesn’t really care about America’s or Earth’s future; he only cares about what’s best for himself at this moment.

     What America needs in a president is a person with foresight, who is concerned with America’s youth and the world they are growing up in.
Choosing not to believe the world’s best scientists puts the environment in serious irreparable danger. Already, fossil fuels will be gone within Generation Z’s lifetime. This will be a significant problem for upcoming generations and should be dealt with by today’s government.

     Trump does not see himself as a public servant though; he is a businessman, and will do only what is good for his own interests.

     To give America’s future a fighting chance we at The Voice believe that qualified professionals should be put into these important positions so that they can make informed decisions. Enough with the random lobbyists and big business owners.

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View From The Voice: What are YOUR qualifications?