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Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic To Lead EPA Transition ( 1066

Billly Gates writes: Trump's transition team is steamrolling ahead to transition the government. Trump chose Myron Ebell to oversee environmental policies. Myron Ebell is chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group of climate change denialists and alarmists. Scientific American provides some background information about Ebell in a report from earlier this year: "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."
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Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic To Lead EPA Transition

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 10, 2016 @11:33PM (#53262501)

    Well the white baby boomers have now solved the problem of leaving a shitty planet to the next generation ... they are going to help end it electing trump and his clown show. They don't give a crap they won't be around in 10-15 years anyway. They just want to go out on top, even if noone is left to see it.

    • by TomGreenhaw ( 929233 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @05:46AM (#53263847)
      The Trump effect is not a generational thing its a regional thing - look at the electoral college results map. If you're pissed, blame the right category of people please.
    • by someone1234 ( 830754 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @06:49AM (#53263965)

      Probably they are betting on the chance, climate change won't affect them..
      1. If climate change doesn't happen, they won.
      2. If climate change happens, it will destroy the liberals living on the coasts :D
      Win-win situation.

  • by shanen ( 462549 ) on Thursday November 10, 2016 @11:49PM (#53262585) Homepage Journal

    The article is so non-newsworthy that I have NO reaction except "Of course." Alt-Right has the Trump card and they are going to play it hard until the rest of us drown.

    I'm only reminded of a prediction webpage I wrote when Dubya staggered into the White House. My predictions were kind of broad, divided into the categories of education, federal courts, economy, environment, military, war, Internet, and public trust in government. No details, but just probabilities and some wild estimates of recovery times. Back then I though I was just being a gloomy Gus, but looking over the predictions after 15 years, it now makes me look like a Pollyanna with rose-colored glasses. Is it worth making such an effort for the Donald?

    Right now a question of some interest to me is how long it will take the angry losers to learn they are still losers. Might make them angrier, but of course no one really cares about losers, especially losers who were stupid enough to believe silly promises for a vote. Even more obviously, no one cares about the mindless always-R (or always-D) voters. It's the cold-blooded haters who worry me.

  • Breaking News (Score:5, Insightful)

    by KeensMustard ( 655606 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @12:02AM (#53262667)
    A corrupt liar thinks another corrupt liar would be good for a job he doesn't understand. Details at 11.

    Meanwhile, I wonder Trump thinks he can cancel the Paris Climate Accord? WIll he take take some white out to cover over the names of the other signatories?

    • Re:Breaking News (Score:5, Informative)

      by Chris Mattern ( 191822 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @12:51AM (#53262897)

      Of course Trump can cancel the Paris Climate Accord, at least for the US. The Senate never ratified it. It, in spite of being a treaty, was declared in force for the US on Obama's word alone. Trump's word alone can therefore repeal it.

      • Re:Breaking News (Score:5, Informative)

        by swillden ( 191260 ) <> on Friday November 11, 2016 @10:34AM (#53264785) Homepage Journal

        Of course Trump can cancel the Paris Climate Accord, at least for the US. The Senate never ratified it. It, in spite of being a treaty, was declared in force for the US on Obama's word alone. Trump's word alone can therefore repeal it.

        A nit: The Senate basically never ratifies treaties that the US enters. We almost never use the treaty process defined in the Constitution.

        What we do instead is what's called a "congressional-executive treaty", where the executive branch (usually the State Department, though sometimes the president personally) negotiates the terms and signs them. This signature does not obligate the country, unless everything being committed to is within the executive branch's authority (those are called sole executive treaties). Normally that's not the case, so the signature on its own is really nothing more than a commitment to go back to Congress and try to get enabling legislation passed which enacts the terms of the treaty as federal law. This is done through the normal legislative process, getting both houses to pass the legislation with a simple majority vote and then having the president sign it.

        The reason the congressional-executive process is used rather than the constitutional process is that it's usually easier to get majority approval of both houses than a 2/3 majority of one, especially since it leaves room for negotiation. Not generally on the agreed-on terms of the treaty, but on domestic side issues (i.e. pork).

  • by the_Bionic_lemming ( 446569 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @12:06AM (#53262683)

    This is one of the scare pieces the media ran to frighten liberals into destroying trump.

    The article was written BEFORE Tuesday.

    And judging from the cesspool responses in this thread, I'm also going to be exiting from reading and commenting here.

    Beau, you should be ashamed of yourself. Either you aren't doing your job and being an editor, or you are abusing your job and being a jackass.

    • by khchung ( 462899 )

      Beau, you should be ashamed of yourself. Either you aren't doing your job and being an editor, or you are abusing your job and being a jackass.

      See how many comments and clicks this piece generated? That's /. editor doing his job.

  • by SlaveToTheGrind ( 546262 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @12:52AM (#53262903)

    1. The SA article is dated September 26, but the submitter carefully worded the opening sentence to make it sound like a post-election event ("Trump's transition team is steamrolling ahead to transition the government"). Those people we call "editors" either didn't check it or didn't care.
    2. The SA article presents this as an absolute fact, but then essentially says "a little birdie told me so." Other sources (including one written today []) are honest enough to call it what it is: a rumor.

  • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @01:05AM (#53262965) Homepage Journal

    According to Wikipedia [] he's got a BA in philosophy and a M.Sc in politics. Between getting out of school and setting himself as a climate expert he worked as a lobbyist for the tobacco industry.

    He has never done anything STEM related or worked in any other field but politics.

  • Just in time ... (Score:5, Informative)

    by quax ( 19371 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @01:23AM (#53263039)

    ... when now even biologists can detect the impact of global warming on the biosphere. []

    I am sure if we just keep ignoring the problem, it will go away.

  • It gets worse (Score:3, Informative)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @01:35AM (#53263093) Journal

    Trump is also floating the name "Ben Carson" as Sec'y of Health and Human Services. Ben Carson is a creationist who hawks vitamins to cure cancer.

    • Re:It gets worse (Score:5, Informative)

      by bongey ( 974911 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @04:28AM (#53263659)

      Ben Carson one of the best pediatric neurosurgeons in the country. Was Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins, that happens to be a Christian. Yep he screwed up a bit on the vitamins crap. Much better than the two previous Obummer sec'y who were both politicians, neither of the two had any education in medical field.

  • by seoras ( 147590 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @03:34AM (#53263531)

    Now that Tesla's fucked all Elon's got left is his Mars project.
    If you'd asked me last week if I'd go to Mars I'd have said "no way".
    Where do I sign up?

  • by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @04:17AM (#53263633) Journal
    Seriously, let him roll back O's regulations on coal plants. At this time, they have done NOTHING. Prior to O, we were like China and was growing our coal plants. However, it was not O's regs that have stopped this.
    It was 2 things which was the Mercury regs ( while we are already way below Europe, Asia, but this will bring our mercury down to near zero) being moved to end of 2016, along with W's push for drilling and fracking. That fracking provided CHEAP CHEAP nat gas at a time when coal plants had to decide on shutting down or putting on scrubbers. As such, we went from ~60% coal (and 15% nat gas) to 27% coal and 33% nat gas at end of this year. So, our fossil fuel has converted to clean fossil, but also dropped.
    So, what will happen over the next couple of years? Trump and GOP want to push both COAL AND DRILLING. If both are done, then nat gas will remain low costs, and no American utility will want coal plant. OTOH, China, japan, and south korea might pick up more, but I doubt that it will be too much. Australia is now heavily automated on their coal. So, cheap coal is going NO WHERE in America.
    UN-Subsidized Wind is already cheaper than coal. Solar is more expensive, but that is the average. Solar City has the lowest installed costs and with their new plant should be cheap than coal. So, America's electricity will continue to move towards being cleaned up over time.

    That leaves vehicles. Tesla's M3 will be cheaper and superior compared to its ICE competitors. Who will want to buy a BMW 300 series when they can buy a Tesla M3? Few. The fastest competitor will compete with the slowest version of the M3. That will no doubt cause buyers of some of the most polluting cars (luxury cars such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Caddy, Porsche, Lexus, Infiniti, etc) to continue losing shares. As it is, Tesla MS already sells 1/3 of the full size luxury market and should move up to about 50% by summer 2017. Tesla MX is expected to hit 33% of is market by summer 2017. Basically, Tesla will force car makers to move to DECENT EVs or die. And by decent EVs, we are not talking the leaf, bolt, I3, i5 type garbage. All of those have been gutted so that they will not compete against ICE vehicles. Tesla will force them to produce cars that compete against tesla and will destroy their own ICE.

    So, for those of you concerned with where America is going, do not fret. While we will likely drop paris, we will continue to clean up regardless of what trump and his ilk do.
  • Brawndo (Score:4, Informative)

    by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Friday November 11, 2016 @06:22AM (#53263919) Homepage

    Because plants crave electrolytes.

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