Fight Myron Ebell’s appointment as head of the EPA

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Please add your name and comments to the following petitions:

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-don-t-let-myron-ebell-dismantle-the-epa

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/keep-myron-ebell-from

Then send Donald Trump a message voicing your displeasure. We’ve written a sample message for you to get started, but you are encouraged to use your own words. Be firm but polite.

President-elect Trump,

I am writing to express my disappointment that you would select Myron Ebell to head the EPA, an agency that is meant to protect human health and the environment. Myron Ebell has shown himself to be a friend only of the fossil fuel industry, with no regard to the health of the American people. I urge you to reconsider his selection.

Again, here’s that link to contact Trump.

Why does this matter?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exists to protect human health and the environment for future generations, by writing and enforcing regulations. This is how the EPA describes their mission:

  • all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;
  • national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;
  • federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
  • environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
  • all parts of society — communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments — have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
  • environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and
  • the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, President-elect Trump’s pick for the new head of the EPA is Myron Ebell, is about as antithetical to this mission of protecting human health and the environment as you could possibly get! Mr. Ebell is a proud climate change denier despite not having any scientific experience (although, he’s also argued that if climate change is real, it would “have benefits”). Do you know who’s concerned about climate change other than scientists? The Pentagon: they consider it a major threat to national security. He wants to throw out the Clean Power Plan. He’s worked to reduce protections for endangered species.

This article from the New York Times describes Ebell’s stance on environmental policy and enumerates many troubling aspects of appointing Ebell to lead the EPA Transition in the Trump Administration.

Make your voice heard: Myron Ebell is an unacceptable choice for head of the EPA.

1 thought on “Fight Myron Ebell’s appointment as head of the EPA”

  1. One of our readers shared the letter they sent Trump about his pick to head the EPA:

    “President-elect Trump,

    I am writing to express my disappointment that you would select Myron Ebell to head the EPA, an agency that is meant to protect human health and the environment. Myron Ebell has shown himself to be a friend only of the fossil fuel industry, with no regard to the health of the American people. I urge you to reconsider his selection.

    The science is clear: climate change is real, and dangerous to human health, to crops, to water, to sea-level cities, states and countries. Please do not appoint a science-denier like Myron Ebell to this post.

    The international consensus is now clear as well: climate-change is human-caused, and we must end our dependence on industries that produce greenhouse gases. Ignoring or opposing this international consensus puts us unnecessarily in opposition to our allies. Please do not appoint a coal-and-oil lobbyist like Mron Ebell to the EPA.

    The business case is clear: the countries that produce affordable clean power technology from non-carbon sources will be the countries that make the most jobs and infrastructure, going forward. We need to be the world-wide leader in this clean-power industry. Please do not appoint a person with blinders on against these important forward-looking business opportunities to the EPA.
    For all these reasons, I respectfully request that you withdraw your nomination of Myron Ebell, and find a person who respects and values science, human safety and the health of our environment to head the EPA.”

    Want to send Trump your own message? Do it here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/contact

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