As we await the transition from the Obama administration to the one headed by Donald Trump, there is more than a little concern about the members of the president-elect's transition team who will help him choose the people to head the various departments of the government. The selection of Myron Ebell as a member of the transition team that will recommend the person to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) really seems outlandish.
The selection of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA seems to bear out that comment. Trump's nominee to administer the EPA has been described as "a radical climate-change denier who has repeatedly sued the EPA to block the Obama administration's life-saving clear air and climate rules." Confirming Pruitt as EPA Administrator was described as "a nightmare scenario for the people and the planet. Throughout his six years as Oklahoma attorney general Pruitt has repeatedly used his role to do the bidding of Big Oil and other major polluters." That includes suing the EPA to stop environmental regulations from taking effect, including rules to slash carbon pollution from power plants, protect children from toxic mercury pollution near our national parks and clean up America's polluted waterways.
Of the 16 lawsuits Pruitt brought against the EPA, eight are still active and that alone should eliminate him from consideration as the administrator of the EPA. How can you head the organization you are suing?
Getting back to Ebell, the Frontline story that appeared November 14, 2016, described him as a "leading contrarian of the scientific consensus on global warming" and noted that he "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.'"
Frontline notes that Ebell has been described as "enemy #1" to the climate change community and his own bio notes that he has been named a "climate criminal" by Greenpeace.
When Frontline spoke with Ebell for the 2012 documentary "Climate of Doubt," Ebell's strategy "had already helped propel a shift in the political debate around climate change, contributing to the collapse of cap-and-trade legislation in Congress in 2009."
Ebell told Frontline, "There are holdouts among the urban bicoastal elite, but I think we've won the debate with the American people in the heartland, the people who get their bands dirty, people who dig stuff up, grow stuff and make stuff tor a living, people who have a closer relationship to tangible reality, to stuff. We need to keep banging away on the science."
Welcome to Donald's world.