Uber Climate Denier to Head Trump “Transition” for EPA

September 26, 2016

One of the most odious, rabid, brainworm-infected rotting zombie skunk-weasels in a nest full of diseased, vermin-encrusted  rabid, brainworm-infected rotting zombie skunk-weasels is Myron Ebell.

He now will head Donald Trump’s EPA “transition” team.

For those of you that think voting for a third party is a cute way to express your inner child, shake it off and get real. We are in the fight of our lives. These people want it all and will take it.

Story behind paywall for now. Will update.

UPDATE – Scientific American:

Ebell appears to relish criticism from the left.

In a biography submitted when he testified before Congress, he listed among his recognitions that he had been featured in a Greenpeace “Field Guide to Climate Criminals,” dubbed a “misleader” on global warming by Rolling Stone and was the subject of a motion to censure in the British House of Commons after Ebell criticized the United Kingdom’s chief scientific adviser for his views on global warming.

More recently, 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 to square with Trump’s when it comes to EPA’s agenda. Trump has called global warming “bullshit” and he has said he would “cancel” the Paris global warming accord and roll back President Obama’s executive actions on climate change (ClimateWire, May 27).

Profile below.


Myron Ebell is the director of energy and global warming policy at CEI and director of Freedom Action, a “web-based grassroots activist organization loosely affiliated with CEI.” He is also the chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition. [1], [2]

According to an article in Vanity Fair, “Though he likes to bash scientists for working outside their degreed fields, Ebell, it turns out, isn’t a scientist at all. He majored in philosophy at the University of California in San Diego, then studied political theory at the London School of Economics and history at Cambridge.” [3]

In March 2010, the Financial Times called Mr. Ebell “one of America’s most prominent climate-change skeptics.” In July 2009, the Business Insider’s Green Sheet named him third in its list of the Ten Most-Respected Global Warming Skeptics and commented that “Myron Ebell may be enemy #1 to the current climate change community.” [1]

In March 2001, the nonprofit Clean Air Trust named Ebell its “clean air villain of the month,” citing his “ferocious lobbying charge to persuade President Bush to reverse his campaign pledge to control electric utility emissions of carbon dioxide.” [4]


16 Responses to “Uber Climate Denier to Head Trump “Transition” for EPA”

  1. philip6464 Says:

    Ebell bears a remarkable resemblance to Heinrich Himmler. Funny that.

  2. Lionel Smith Says:

    The fell deeds of the Myron (if you quibble about the use of the word ‘fell’ then maybe you haven’t read e.g. Derrick Jensen):

    When George W Bush was president, White House staffers collaborated with the oil industry to fix government policies on climate change.

    In 2004, Harper’s magazine published a leaked memo from Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute to Phil Cooney, the chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has been given over $2m by Exxon[1]. Ebell’s memo showed that the White House and the Institute had been working together to discredit a report on climate change produced by the Environmental Protection Agency, whose head at the time was Christine Todd Whitman.

    “Dear Phil,
    Thanks for calling and asking for our help. … As I said, we made the decision this morning to do as much as we could to deflect criticism by blaming EPA for freelancing. It seems to me that the folks at EPA are the obvious fall guys, and we would only hope that the fall guy (or gal) should be as high up as possible. I have done several interviews and have stressed that the President needs to get everyone rowing in the same direction. Perhaps tomorrow we will call for Whitman to be fired[2].”

    The New York Times later discovered that Phil Cooney, who is a lawyer with no scientific training, had been imported into the White House from the American

    Petroleum Institute, to control the presentation of climate science[3]. He edited scientific reports, striking out evidence that glaciers were retreating and inserting phrases suggesting that there was serious scientific doubt about global warming[4]. When the revelations were published he resigned and took up a post at Exxon[5].

    The oil company also had direct access to the White House. On 6th February 2001, 17 days after George W. Bush was sworn in, A.G. (Randy) Randol, ExxonMobil’s senior environmental adviser, sent a fax to John Howard, an environmental official at the White House[6]. It began by discussing the role of Bob Watson, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It suggested he had a “personal agenda” and asked

    “Can Watson be replaced now at the request of the U.S.?”[7]

    It went on to ask that the United States be represented at the panel’s discussions by a Dr Harlan Watson[8]. Both requests were met. One Watson was sacked, the other was appointed, and went on to wreak havoc at international climate meetings.

    Source: Monbiot, Case Studies, 2009

    Quit relevant with Exxon under the spotlight.

  3. ubrew12 Says:

    Gosh, I know I’ve seen Myron Ebell somewhere before…

  4. dumboldguy Says:

    Can we infer from your colorful turn of phrase that you don’t like Ebell?

    It is no surprise that Trump has selected “One of the most odious, rabid, brainworm-infected rotting zombie skunk-weasels” to be on his EPA transition team. He likes to keep things in the “family” “Cousin” Myron and The Donald share the same defective genes, and others of the Trump clan show evidence of that also—-look at “eat no skittles and warm up the gas chamber” Donald Junior for more evidence.

    One cannot speak greater truth than “For those of you that think voting for a third party is a cute way to express your inner child, shake it off and get real. We are in the fight of our lives. These people want it all and will take it”.

    I myself am amazed beyond belief that ANYONE with half a brain would consider voting for a third party candidate or writing in Bernie or None of the Above to send some kind of “message”. “Inner child” says it exactly—-they need to grow up and understand that we ARE in the fight of our lives against those who DO want it ALL and WILL take it if not stopped. I’ll say it again to the children, read DARK MONEY and then tell me NOT voting for Clinton is rational.

  5. For anyone planning on voting for a third party, i.e., Jill Stein or Gary Johnson………..DON’T.

    We know now that those votes would have gone to Clinton, and will impact Clinton negatively, thereby helping Trump.

    Bluntly, if you want to see anything at all done about climate change, which will impact the survival of humanity, PLEASE DON’T f—ing vote for these people. It will be something you regret for the rest of your lives, and that is not hyperbole.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Well said, but if I may, I’d like to add a couple of small caveats. For anyone planning on voting for a third party WHO IS IN ANY WAY A PROGRESSIVE, CARING, THINKING HUMAN BEING WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY, MANKIND, AND THE PLANET, please don’t f—ing vote for these people, because you WILL in effect be voting for Trump if you do. Hillary and the Dems, as flawed as some might see them to be, represent our only path forward.

      That said, any “principled conservatives” (a bit of an oxymoron, that) who would never vote for Clinton but cannot bear to vote for Trump either WILL help the cause if they vote for the alternative that is most in tune with their “vision” for a better world—Gary Johnson. They should be encouraged.

  6. dumboldguy Says:

    PS Forgot to mention that Ebell seems to be an even bigger whore for fossil fuels than Russell Crook. He is certainly no better qualified by education and background than Russell is to be commenting on climate change.

    • Lionel Smith Says:

      Shush! Don’t rub that lamp.

      Damn it, do it again and Peeves is sure to appear, well more like Moaning Myrtle in reality.

      • So, I thought I’d drop in on my Crocks friends and see what y’all had to say about the Trump & Hillary show last night. But since I’d also emailed Myron Ebell yesterday upon hearing the news elsewhere, I thought I’d see if anything about that showed up here. What I said to him was that I could pretty much write up the stuff myself, familiar as I already am from seeing a decade or so of anti-CEI diatribes.

        Man, you guys are predictable! And to cap it off, I still live rent-free in the minds of at least two of you.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          I tried to keep “Peeves” (aka Moaning Myrtle) from knowing we were mentioning him by misspelling his name with the very fitting “Crook” in an attempt to foil his tracking app, but he wandered on site anyway (looking to earn his whore’s dollar) and now gleefully informs us the he is buddies with Ebell, thereby proving that Russell is also “an odious, rabid, brainworm-infected rotting zombie skunk-weasel”, as if we didn’t already know that.. They are buddies through the Heartland connection?—-they both take Exxon-Mobil money?

          Yes, the more we hear from Russell, the more he ties himself back to the “whore for fossil fuels” cabal—-keep it up, Russell—-when the prosecutors make their way down the food chain to you in the lowest levels, such admissions will help to seal your fate. Your black ball cap will look good with your orange jumpsuit.

          And yes, Russell, you DO “live” in our minds—-in both the “humor” and “nausea-inducing” sections. DO come back to Crock to entertain and sicken us, but not too often—-once a month will suffice.

          • dumboldguy sez, “… his tracking app … looking to earn his whore’s dollar … ties himself back to the ‘whore for fossil fuels’ cabal … They are buddies through the Heartland connection?—-they both take Exxon-Mobil money? …. Your black ball cap …”

            Among “d.o.g.”‘s various conspiracy theories, the ‘tracking app’ is a new humorous new one, where he says he deliberately used a misdirection ploy to thwart my efforts to find comments here about me. Compare that to a prior comment where he accused me of deliberately typo’ing his user name in an effort to thwart any of you Crocks folks from finding his comments at WUWT – which I said in the other post’s comment section was an honest space-out of his full user name and the shorthand version of it. But even if “d.o.g.” is being facetious here, what do we still see? Impolite name-calling. Look through my complete comment collection here and see if any of you can find a single time where I rearranged your names in an impolite way.

            Luv how “d.o.g.” wraps up with ‘prosecutors coming to get me’ / ‘living in the humor & nausea-inducing sections of your minds’. Nossir, the place I occupy rent-free certainly in “d.o.g.”‘s mind is a growing, massively irritating itch he can never scratch, and it may well be so for other Crocks readers, too. Accusations can be hurled at me all day long, y’all just have no hope of proving any one of ’em. I get the impression you guys are ever more crushed by the weight of that problem, because it also applies to the top people you love to hate. You place all your faith in Gore, Oreskes, Desmogblog and the others when it comes to the ‘crooked skeptics’ notion, and then li’l ol’ me shows up simply asking the evidence is for that, and then you realize you can’t actually point to any that would hold up in a courtroom evidentiary hearing. Peak into the latest developments of the RICO stuff Eric Schneiderman is trying to push, and you see how it is imploding from within. What’s the prescription for this itch? Start by asking yourselves why there is a compulsion to resort straightaway to unsupportable character assassination in an issue that should stand entirely on its science merits. Once you start seriously asking such questions, the shackles of your enslavement start to loosen. You’ll thank me later when you work all the way through why this itch was there to being with.

            Meanwhile, we have the alternative news of the counter-racketeering suit “Goldstein v. Climate Action Network et al.” Oops, didn’t see that coming, did ya? No speculations of orange jumpsuits for Crocks folks from me, such actions don’t go after the mere repeaters of false accusations, they go after the core people. That’s the leaders you worship, friends. The ones who make monster mistakes on what they say when they think nobody is paying attention.

            Can’t wait to see what “d.o.g.”‘s newest conspiracy theory is on that one. I’m guessing it’ll be something about me being a Texas resident or not displaying my real name all this time, but who knows?

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Russell’s whoring-for-fossil-fuels “strings-free” GRANT from Heartland is obviously predicated on how many words he can spout in his Gish Gallops of bullshit. Look at it all, trying to stick to the wall and failing miserably.

            Yes, Russell IS indeed “an odious, rabid, brainworm-infected rotting zombie skunk-weasel”, and a very boring one at that—–ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

            Sorry that I even thought of Russell, Lionel. That’s apparently enough to “rub his lamp” (and you insult Peeves and Moaning Myrtle by mentioning them in the same sentence as our boy—-they are good at what they do—-Russell is not).

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