Trump to ‘Honour pledge to withdraw from Paris Agreement’, Ebell says 

Posted: January 31, 2017 by oldbrew in climate, Energy, government, Politics
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One letter changes in the new US climate policy: ‘defund’ replaces ‘defend’. Interesting times ahead.

US president Donald Trump will honour his campaign pledge to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement and defund UN climate programmes, a former adviser to the new administration has said.

Myron Ebell served as head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) transition team from early September until 19 January, when he helped to draft an advisory action plan on how to implement Trump’s campaign promises.

At a press briefing held by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) and the Foreign Press Association (FPA) in London today, Ebell declined to divulge any details of the EPA document on the grounds that it is confidential.

But Ebell, a well-known climate change sceptic and head of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) energy and environment centre, outlined Trump’s “very clear” promises on energy and the environment that he is convinced the new president will honour.

Apart from withdrawing from the UN climate deal, Trump will also potentially repeal all of the previous administration’s EPA rules on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions including the clean power plan and the climate action plan.

Ebell expects Trump “to be very assiduous in keeping his promises despite all the flack he is going to get from his opponents,” adding that he brings a “message of hope” in terms of the new administration’s energy and environment policy.

The first hopeful aspect is that the US will clearly change course on climate policy, Ebell said. Secondly, the new US president has undertaken to unleash US energy production growth. Trump said he wants to make the US the world’s largest energy producer and achieve a position of global dominance for the country, he said.

“This is obviously good for the US, but also for the world because in becoming the top global energy supplier the US will reduce the influence of certain countries in the Middle East and of Russia,” Ebell said. “This is going to happen because the US has the world’s largest fossil fuel reserves — by far the largest coal reserves and also, because of the shale revolution, gigantic fields of natural gas and oil.”

An apparent contradiction emerged in recent weeks between Trump’s position and that of his incoming secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who said the US will “remain part” of UN climate discussions. When asked about these contrasting positions, Ebell said it is impossible for him to predict the outcome, but “in a disagreement with the president, who do you think will win?”

Full report: Trump To ‘Honour Pledge To Withdraw From Paris Agreement’, Ebell Says | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

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  1. oldbrew says:

    James Delingpole writes: I’ve just watched the London liberal media’s heads exploding like ripe pumpkins.

    It was great – a bit like that No Pressure video that the enviro-loons made a few years ago, only better because this time the victims weren’t blameless schoolchildren but grisly, puffed-up, righteously eco, Trump-and-Brexit-hating TV and newspaper Environment Correspondents, all of whom hate my guts. (They hate yours too, so don’t get smug.)

    The occasion was a press conference hosted by the Global Warming Policy Foundation for Myron Ebell, head of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team. Satan’s Emissary, as liberals prefer to think of him.

    Dellers concludes:
    Unfortunately, I arrived too late to catch the bit in the conference where someone asked Myron Ebell what Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s chief policy adviser, thought about climate change.

    “Well you can get an idea from the fact that when he was at Breitbart the guy he recruited to write about it was James Delingpole…” Ebell said.

    No wonder I got so many hate-filled glares when I poked my head into the crowded room, 15 minutes late.

    The feeling’s mutual. But that’s OK because I’m on the right side of history, whereas their view of the world is toast. Welcome to the suck, guys. It’s only just beginning…

  2. rishrac says:

    And along with the free press that goes along with it. Somehow I think our tax dollars directly or indirectly is supporting the alarmist view in the media. CAGW has acquired a life of its own. I wonder if it’s life would be so robust once the flow of money ends. Notably mine . … End the Spin !

    I guess that makes me, in their eyes, one of Satan’s minions since I support Trump. How dare we stop the new buearacarcy from ruling the world ! The peasants can’t read, write or draw the correct conculsions. It must be done for them by the self absorbed, self elected, given clearance by an educational institution. … I have a few labels to slap on them. Mine stick, theirs don’t.

  3. Good news?
    Stop the research in case it shows agw to be valid.
    Stop trying to reduce emissions

    Brilliant man

  4. oldbrew says:

    The AGW claim was announced to the world nearly 30 years ago by Hansen, and they’re still trying to figure out if it’s ‘valid’?

    Time to focus on more general climate research IMO.

  5. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Ding-Dong, The witch is dead.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Renewables can’t deliver Paris climate goals: study

    ‘renewables’ share of global energy consumption has increased five-fold since 2000.
    But it still only accounts for less than three percent of the total.

    Read more at:

    No surprise there – so could anything else do it? Don’t mention biomass…

    Ebell: “If any new energy technology is better and cheaper than coal, oil and natural gas, the market will take care of it. You don’t need government action, you don’t need government policies – if wind and solar power or some other renewable technology becomes a better buy than fossil fuels, then they will come to dominate the market quite quickly. That’s the way free markets work.”
    – – –
    ‘That’s the way free markets work’ – except there aren’t any (but some are more heavily regulated than others), so it’s never going to work out quite like the theory :/

  7. oldbrew says:

    Judge questions ‘climate religion’…

    Environmentalists cried foul when a judge called global warming a controversial issue during the high-profile trial of an environmentalist accused of sabotaging various oil pipelines.

    Judge Michael Rickert said Jan. 24 that there is “great controversy” over the degree to which humans play in perpetuating so-called man-made global warming. He was addressing climate activist Ken Ward’s request to present a “necessity defense” to justify his attempts to shut down oil sands pipelines.

    Ward is facing decades in prison for shutting down oil pipelines in Skagit County, Washington.

    Read more:

  8. oldbrew says:

    ‘A former adviser to Donald Trump who says fears about global warming have been exaggerated by a “climate-industrial complex” met with Theresa May’s advisers in Downing Street on Tuesday.

    Myron Ebell, a prominent climate sceptic who led the Environmental Protection Agency transition team for the Trump administration, met advisers but not senior staff or ministers, a Number 10 spokesman said.

    “Climate change was not discussed,” the spokesman added, though he declined to say what topics were mentioned, nor whom Mr Ebell saw….’

  9. Bitter&twisted says:

    “Ward is facing decades in prison”

    Good 🙂

  10. oldbrew says:

    Is US climate funding of the UN illegal?

    ‘Ebell outlined three major ways in which Trump can annul US participation in the Paris climate deal. In the first instance, the president can simply stop any US financial contributions to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In any event, all US funding to the UNFCCC, including to the Green Climate Fund, represents a violation of US law ever since Palestine — which is not internationally recognised as a legitimate state — was accepted as a UNFCCC member, Ebell argued.’

  11. Paul Vaughan says:

    From OB’s quote:
    “climate-industrial complex”

    I would say more “academic-governance complex”. It’s militantly hubristic expertariatism. Organized followers of such leadership are now being overstimulated by media towards violence. They appear intent on erecting doubts about safety.

    Eastern Wisdom, Stability, and Trivial Paradox…

    Some will say we need to unite, but necessity’s invention’s mother and stable division trumps unstable union. The efficient solution to our stability needs is division on alternate axes to transcend failed union on traditional axes. It’s as easy as A B C.

    As one of my fellow EECs on the Chimerica file has underscored on countless occasions:
    In Stability we trust.

  12. oldbrew says:

    PV – re ‘overstimulated by media towards violence’

    Isn’t that illegal in the USA? They used to call it incitement in the UK (until 2008).

    I guess the media know how to sail close to the wind 😐

  13. Paul Vaughan says:

    OB, prophecy says California’s major fault threatens stability, but breaking the key to stability in the ignition won’t help start the engine of stable division necessitated by failed union.