Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has appointed long-time climate change denier Myron Ebell as his new head of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition, provided Trump is elected this fall. Ebell is well known as a global warming denier, with the Financial Times calling him “one of America’s most prominent climate change skeptics”, and would be expected to carry many of out Trump’s plans to undo years of ecological protection policy, including the elimination of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
Ebell is currently head of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) Center for Energy and Environment. He is also a chairman with the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group that “question[s] global warming alarmism and oppose[s] energy rationing policies.” He is on record as opposing both Obama’s Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement, saying that he thinks both are "potentially a disaster for humankind and not necessarily any good for the planet.”
Ebell also aided the Bush administration earlier this century in an attempt to make changes to a report released by the EPA in 2002 that illustrated mankind’s impact on climate change. Ebell advised on tactics for downplaying the report’s findings, and also discussed dismissing key EPA officials over the report, including firing then EPA head Christine Whitman.
Trump also plans on stacking key government positions with individuals that could make for a major conflict of interest, including appointing Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas as Secretary of the Interior, and possibly oil and gas company Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm as Secretary of Energy.