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Why Donald Trump Chose Climate Change Skeptic Myron Ebell to Lead EPA Transition

Nov 14, 2016 04:56 AM EST
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US President-elect Donald Trump has been open with his view on climate change being a hoax, and now, Trump has tapped one of the most popular climate skeptics, Myron Ebell, to lead the US EPA transition.
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US President-elect Donald Trump has been open with his view on climate change being a hoax, and now, Trump has tapped one of the most popular climate skeptics, Myron Ebell, to lead the US EPA transition.

A report from the Scientific American notes that close sources to the Trump campaign has claimed that Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, is leading Trump's EPA transition plans.

Along with Ebell are other leaders chosen by Trump who will play leadership roles in energy and interior workings. These include Republican energy lobbyist Mike McKenna, who will be leading the Department of Energy, as well as David Bernhardt for the Interior Department.

Washington Post notes that Ebell suits Trump's environmental ideals. He is known for his idea that the government is using the environmental movement as a means to expand the government. He has also argued for the opening of federal lands for oil and gas exploration as well as coal mining, and has been a firm disbeliever of the Paris Climate Agreement, even urging the US Senate to vote against it.

“There has been a little bit of warming ... but it’s been very modest and well within the range for natural variability, and whether it’s caused by human beings or not, it’s nothing to worry about," said Ebell about climate change in a 2007 Vanity Fair interview.

Ebell is yet to comment on his newly appointed position in leading the EPA.

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