Christmas is coming early this year. Several days ago, Trump appointed “one of the nation’s most prominent climate contrarians, Myron Ebel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to head his EPA transition.” Now, Fox News is reporting as its lead story this morning that Trump is “looking at ways for the U.S. to back out of a landmark climate pact (The Paris Agreement), which would defy an agreement to cut carbon emissions across the globe.” Bravo.
How Trump handles this and how far he goes in addressing the EPA issue will have ramifications far beyond mere “climate change” and its economic impact. The opportunities here are enormous. If Trump does this intelligently, he can go far to restoring the rule of Constitutional law in this country, as well as restoring scientific integrity, both of which have been brutally sodomized by the progressive left, particularly under Obama. In the process, he will place the progressive left in between a rock and a hard place politically.
This is the NYT take on Mr. Ebel from a few days ago:
Mr. Ebel leads the Cooler Heads Coalition, a loose-knit group that says it is “focused on dispelling the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis.” He has been one of the nation’s most visible climate contrarians, known for dispensing memorable sound bites on cable news shows and at events like the annual conferences sponsored by the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based group that rejects the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. Mr. Ebell has said that “a lot of third-, fourth- and fifth-rate scientists have gotten a long ways” by embracing climate change. He frequently mocks climate leaders like Al Gore, and has called the movement the “forces of darkness” because “they want to turn off the lights all over the world.” No one, it seems, is immune to his criticism. He called Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change, issued in mid-2015, “scientifically ill informed, economically illiterate, intellectually incoherent and morally obtuse.” “It is also theologically suspect, and large parts of it are leftist drivel,” he added.
Mr. Ebel is further described, in a post at Science Blogs, as the “Evil Arch Climate Uber Villain.” What’s the old expression, “you shall be known by the company you keep.” What we are seeing here is the flip side of that expression, equally as valid. I many not know much about Mr. Ebel, but he has made enemies of the right people. Nothing to add here beyond saying that it would be difficult to think of a better choice.