Donald Trump has selected Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, to head his transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ebell is known for questioning what he calls climate change “alarmism.” He’s also chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group of nonprofits that “question global warming alarmism and oppose energy-rationing policies.”
Ebell has called the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gases illegal and said that Obama joining the Paris climate treaty “is clearly an unconstitutional usurpation of the Senate’s authority.” He told Vanity Fair in 2007, “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.”
Ebell’s views appear match Trump’s when it comes to EPA’s agenda. Trump has called global warming “bullsh*t” and he has said he would “cancel” the Paris global warming accord and roll back President Obama’s executive actions on climate change. Ebell criticized the United Kingdom’s chief scientific adviser for his views on global warming.
Republican energy lobbyist Mike McKenna is heading the Department of Energy (DOE) team.
Former Interior Department solicitor David Bernhardt is leading the transition for the U.S. Department of the Interior.