Appointing fossil fuel stooge Myron Ebell head of the Environmental Protection Agency transition is a little like putting anti-vaccine activist Jenny McCarthy in charge of the Office of the Surgeon General: don’t be shocked when measles breaks out.
In this case, the incoming administration is demonstrating that its blatant disregard for environmental protection was not just bluster. Ebell has spent a career oscillating between denying climate change altogether, or inexcusably professing the good climate changes might bring – not to mention simultaneously working to strip endangered wildlife of any protections. Though the long-term effect of a Trump administration could very well be ecological catastrophe, in the near-term the US risks ceding global economic influence to emerging green tech giants like China, Germany and others who are building a 21st century economy. Meanwhile, Trump and the GOP are preparing to steer America straight into the headwinds of time, on a bootless errand searching for a bygone “greatness.”