Scientific American sounded bitter this morning.
Donald Trump has selected one of the best-known climate skeptics to lead his U.S. EPA transition team, according to two sources close to the campaign.
Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, is spearheading Trumpâ€™s transition plans for EPA, the sources said. …
Ebell is a well-known and polarizing figure in the energy and environment realm. His participation in the EPA transition signals that the Trump team is looking to drastically reshape the climate policies the agency has pursued under the Obama administration. Ebellâ€™s role is likely to infuriate environmentalists and Democrats but buoy critics of Obamaâ€™s climate rules.
Ebell, who was dubbed an â€œelegant nerdâ€ and a â€œpolicy wonkâ€ by Vanity Fair, is known for his prolific writings that question what he calls climate change â€œalarmism.â€ He appears frequently in the media and before Congress. Heâ€™s also chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group of nonprofits that â€œquestion global warming alarmism and oppose energy-rationing policies.â€
Ebell appears to relish criticism from the left.
In a biography submitted when he testified before Congress, he listed among his recognitions that he had been featured in a Greenpeace â€œField Guide to Climate Criminals,â€ dubbed a â€œmisleaderâ€ on global warming by Rolling Stone and was the subject of a motion to censure in the British House of Commons after Ebell criticized the United Kingdomâ€™s chief scientific adviser for his views on global warming.
More recently, Ebell has called the Obama administrationâ€™s Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gases illegal and said that Obama joining the Paris climate treaty â€œis clearly an unconstitutional usurpation of the Senateâ€™s authority.â€
He told Vanity Fair in 2007, â€œThere has been a little bit of warming … but itâ€™s been very modest and well within the range for natural variability, and whether itâ€™s caused by human beings or not, itâ€™s nothing to worry about.â€
Ebellâ€™s views appear to square with Trumpâ€™s when it comes to EPAâ€™s agenda. Trump has called global warming â€œbullshitâ€ and he has said he would â€œcancelâ€ the Paris global warming accord and roll back President Obamaâ€™s executive actions on climate change (ClimateWire, May 27).
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Trump gets serious points with me for this one.