The EPA Under Trump
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The EPA Under Trump

Trump's choice of head of the EPA could severely weaken the agency

The EPA Under Trump

President-elect, Donald Trump, has started to present his nominations for his transition team. Among these nominations is Myron Ebell, who would head the Environmental Protection Agency. The issue, however, with this choice is that Ebell denies the existence of global warming, presenting obvious problems if he were to head the EPA. Per CBS, Ebell has said "We believed that the so-called global warming consensus was not based science, but was a political consensus, which included a number of scientists." His refusal to accept the existence of climate change coincides with President-elect Trump's views on global warming.

This transition of the EPA, as well as environmental policies as a whole, between presidents will be a great difference. President Obama made efforts to protect the environment, setting aside land for parks and instituting, to an extent, stronger environmental policies. The EPA's purpose is to regulate companies in order to protect people "...from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn, and work..." The Agency monitors and regulates companies to reduce the risk to others. Under Ebell, these regulations would likely weaken and allow greater freedom for companies. This could also lead to increased oil drilling and fracking, as there would be fewer regulations to limit oil companies work. A greater reliance upon fossil fuels could occur as a result. The impact on the environment due to decreased regulations would be negative. Placing an official who considers global warming to be a "political consensus" rather than a scientific one will not feel the need to put regulations in place to reduce global warming. President-elect Trump could potentially weaken the EPA's effectiveness severely with his choice of head of the agency.

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