Two months ago, Donald Trump’s campaign picked Myron Ebell to head the transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency. Now that Trump is president-elect, Ebell is rumored to be a leading choice for the EPA’s next director.
Who is Myron Ebell?
He’s been an “intrumental” part of the climate denial political movement for decades:
Ebell, a leading contrarian of the scientific consensus on global warming, leads environmental and energy policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian advocacy group financed in part by the fossil fuel industry. Ebell also helps chair the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group which describes its mission as “dispelling the myths of global warming.” He’s been described as “enemy #1” to the climate change community, and his own bio highlights how he has been named a “climate criminal” by Greenpeace.
Ebell has been instrumental in crafting a national strategy challenging research showing that global warming is both man-made and real. The action plan, drawn up in 1998, said victory would be achieved when the public recognized “uncertainties in climate science.”
Ebell fits in with Trump’s know-nothing, bomb-throwing sensibilities:
For a person with a role at a think tank, friends and foes alike say Ebell isn’t particularly well-versed in the intellectual side of the debate. His role, instead, has largely been an outside agitator attacking politicians who look like they might be going soft on environmental issues—especially Republicans.
When Newt Gingrich, then the speaker of the House, worked on reforming the Endangered Species Act in 1995, Ebell wrote a nine-page memo opposing Gingrich’s effort, saying, “His soft feelings for cuddly little critters is still going to be a big problem.”
When Sen. John McCain, working with Sen. Joe Lieberman, proposed cap-and-trade legislation in 2005, Ebell worked furiously to kill the bill, calling it a “a shameless con game.”
When Ebell got wind of a private meeting hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in 2012 to consider a carbon tax, he attacked the think tank, going so far as to ask donors to pull their funding.
Ebell will be in position to cripple the Clean Power Plan, America’s contribution to curbing global warming.
After several years of leading the world to climate action, the White House is about to become an international rogue. Americans who love their children need to stand up and fight.