Thursday, November 10, 2016

Donald Trump’s EPA Transition Team Is Being Run By A Climate Change Denier

By Sean Colarossi on Wed, Nov 9th, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Trump's pick calls climate change "nothing to worry about" and questions whether humans even contribute to it.

s the world continues to grapple with yesterday’s stunning election results, many Americans want to know what the United States will look like under a Trump presidency and what policies he will pursue. Given his lack of specifics during the campaign, it’s hard to know for sure.

But one area that can be particularly helpful in determining Trump’s policy goals is his transition team – the people helping him choose his future government. In the area of climate change and environmental policy, his choices spell big trouble.

According to a report from Scientific American, Trump has chosen “one of the best-known climate skeptics” to run his EPA transition team.

His choice, Myron Ebell, who is the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the right-wing Competitive Enterprise Institute, calls climate change “nothing to worry about” and questions whether humans contribute to it.

Let me repeat: the guy running Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team thinks climate change isn’t anything worth sweating over.


The choice of Ebell is just one alarming pick Trump has made when it comes to his environmental team. The president-elect has also tapped a GOP lobbyist, Mike McKenna, to lead his Department of Energy transition team.

You know those lobbyists and special interests Trump slammed throughout the campaign? Well, now they’re choosing who will run his White House.

With these decisions alone, two things are becoming apparent:

1. Donald Trump’s energy policy is likely to undo all the progress made under President Obama, including massive investments in green energy that have pushed America toward energy independence and a historic international climate agreement. If you don’t believe climate change is a problem, you’re not going to try to tackle it.

2. Trump is shaping up to be a standard right-wing shill, owned by the very elites and lobbyists in his own party that he spent over a year attacking. He won’t turn the system upside down; the system will turn him upside down.

In any case, the incoming Trump administration is likely to be a disaster for the environmental health of the planet, and that should alarm any American who cares about the one planet we all share.

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