Kathleen Hartnett White

Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-residence & Director, Armstrong Center For Energy & The Environment

The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in January 2008. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment.

White formerly served a six-year term as Chairman and Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). With regulatory jurisdiction over air quality, water quality, water rights & utilities, storage and disposal of waste, TCEQ’s staff of 3,000, annual budget of over $600 million, and 16 regional offices make it the second largest environmental regulatory agency in the world after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to TCEQ, White also served on a dozen other commissions/boards to include the Texas Water Development Board, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and the Texas Wildlife Association. She has appeared on many nationally syndicated radio and national television to include Fox Business, Fox News, CNN and CNBC. A Contributor for The Hill, her writing has appeared in numerous publications including National Review, Investors’ Business Daily, Washington Examiner, Forbes, Daily Caller, The Hill, Townhall, Roll Call, and Forbes. She is regularly invited to testify before the US Congress.

In addition to many published research studies, she is the author of Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy, Regnery Publishing, 2016 (co-author Steve M. Moore.) Her many awards include the TPPF Ronald Reagan Award for Outstanding Leadership, the Colorado River Foundation Friend of the River Award, and the Texas Chemical Council’s Leadership Award.

White was named to the Donald Trump Campaign’s Economic Advisory Council and was twice nominated by President Trump to become Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

White received her bachelor cum laude and master degrees from Stanford University where 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  and there won the Jonathan Edwards Award for Academic Excellence. She also studied law under a Lineberry Foundation Fellowship at Texas Tech University

White was Director of Private Lands and the Environment for the National Cattlemen’s Association in Washington, D.C. She has served as director of the Ranching Heritage Association, and worked in the White Office of First Lady Nancy Reagan.

A long-time breeder of national Champion Jack Russell Terriers, Kathleen Hartnett White lives with her husband Beau Brite White in Bastrop County, Texas outside of Austin and in Presidio County Texas where the fifth-generation family “Brite Ranch” is located on the far southwestern border of Texas.


Global Warming: Dead on Arrival or a Looming Disruptor?

Whether you think anthropogenic global warming poses an existential threat to the planet, or you see it as a wolf in sheep’s clothing creating an unaccountable global bureaucratic control over nearly every industry on the planet, major oil is embracing it and will be at the table to help create the rules. What can go right and what can go wrong in this scenario?

All Discussion Leaders & Topics

Scott Anderson

Senior Policy Director, US Climate and Energy Program

Discussion: Where is the common ground with the environmental movement?


Don Bagley

Vice President - Business Development at ExxonMobil Exploration Company

Discussion: International Exploration


David Baldwin

Co-President, SCF Partners

Discussion: Continuous Technology Disruptions


Porter Bennett

President and CEO, Ponderosa Advisors LLC

Discussion: Oil & Gas Fundamentals and their Impact on the Future of Energy


Kirk Coburn

Shell Technology Ventures, Co-founder The Frontier Conference

Discussion: AI and Machine Learning: Where and how is it applied today and how will it be applied tomorrow in E&P and Trading?


Tom Gardner

President, Millennium Energy Advisors

Discussion: Financing E&P Projects: A Whole New Landscape


Kathleen Hartnett White

Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-residence & Director, Armstrong Center For Energy & The Environment

Discussion: Global Warming: Dead on Arrival or a Looming Disruptor?


Katie Mehnert

Founder and CEO of Pink Petro

Discussion: Talent and Culture - The New Ts and Cs For Energy


Mark Mills

Partner, Cottonwood Venture Partners

Discussion: Which renewables have a legitimate chance to disrupt hydrocarbons? What is needed for them to do so?


Patrick Reames

Founder, Commodity Technology Advisory

Discussion: Blockchain: Where and how will it be best used in oil and gas?


Dr. Mukul Sharma

Professor, W.A. (Tex) Moncrief, Jr. Centennial Chair in Petroleum, Geosystems and Chemical Engineering University of Texas at Austin

Discussion: Water: Reinjection or Reuse? How is the technology evolving?


Mona Sutphen

Partner, Macro Advisory Partners, and Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy

Discussion: Geopolitics: Inevitable Disruption


Matt Thomas

President and CEO of JP3 Measurement

Discussion: How Are Machine Learning and Data Analytics Changing Crude and Natural Gas Marketing?


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