The latest news out of Donald Trump’s Transition Team is that he has tapped a notorious climate change denier Myron Ebell to lead the transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump has made no secret of his dislike for Obama’s efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions and has vowed to roll back as “unnecessary” any limits imposed on the oil, gas and coal industries. Trump has vowed to dismantle the EPA and his appointment of Ebell may be the first step in that process.
Breaking News: see our latest update on Trump’s attempts to slash environmental programs and the EPA, read: Trump Attacks EPA and Marine Protected Areas
Trump Appoints Oil Industry Mouthpiece to Head EPA transition
Ebell, who is not a scientist, has urged his co-senators to reject the international climate accord recently signed in Paris. He has pushed his questionable theories via the Competitive Enterprise Institute that receives its funding from the conservative Koch Brothers. In 2007 a profile in Vanity Fair called Ebell an “oil-industry mouthpiece.”
The Trump transition website clearly states that they will encourage the production of more fossil fuels by opening federal lands and waters to drilling and rescind the coal mining moratorium. “America’s environmental agenda will be guided by true specialists in conservation, not those with radical political agendas”. The “true specialists” presumably means Ebell and others that share his unscientific opinions.
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The impact that this will have on the nation’s efforts to reduce global warming and the recently signed international climate Paris accord should put all who care for the environment and the implications of climate change on guard.
Business Leaders Support of the Paris Climate Accord
Consequently it’s a breath of fresh air to see that a group of over 365 business leaders and investors, including more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms sent a strong message to President Obama, President-elect Trump and other US and global leaders, reaffirming their support of the Paris Climate Accord. “Implementing the Paris climate agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy prosperity to all.”
“The enormous momentum generated by the business and investment community to address climate change cannot be reversed and cannot be ignored by the Trump administration. That train has left the station and to stand in its way is folly,” said Matt Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management.
“Nevertheless, we know that now is the time to remind the incoming administration that virtually every company in the Fortune 500 and over $100 trillion in investor assets has acknowledged the reality of climate change and the need to address it head on,” Patsky concluded.
To read all of this industry manifesto and see which countries signed on, see the following article at Eco-Watch: and also the Washington Post article on Trump’s appointment of Ebell.