Trump, Energy, and EPA

by John McClaughry

A week ago Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal wrote that the climate activists are aghast at Trump’s pick of Myron Ebell to head his Environmental Protection Agency transition team.

I have respected Myron Ebell for over thirty years. We first met when he was working for the American Land Rights Association to keep the Federal government from stealing the property rights of national park and forest inholders. He later joined the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has worked for three decades to get the Federal government to back off economy-choking regulations, especially Obama’s sweeping plans to defeat the menace of climate change – which is why the climate warriors are hysterical over Myron Ebell.

Kim Strassel observes that “The biggest battle lines will be drawn over the dismantling of Obama’s environmental regime. This is where the president’s crushing rules have arguably done the most broad-based damage to the economy. It is also where the progressive left is most organized—and most emotional… For years Republicans have been running scared on the environment, cringing under attacks from activists, constantly seeking to look “green” and play down their energy ambitions. Not so Mr. Trump, who has promised to  “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy” .

Myron may or may not become the EPA administrator, but he’s a decent, honest, guy with the brains and backbone to terrify the climate warriors. I wish him the best.

– John McClaughry is the vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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