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Among those advisers is Myron Ebell, a man who denies, against all evidence, the very possibility that humans are changing the Earth’s climate significantly. “There has been a little bit of warming,” Ebell told Vanity Fair in 2007. “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.”

If Ebell heads up Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, as many expect, he will likely be tasked with gutting the Clean Power Plan, the suite of executive orders President Obama signed in order to speed America’s transition to emissions-free energy sources. As my colleague Robinson Meyer reported, even if Trump were to restrict himself to these policies—nixing the Paris Agreement and the Clean Power Plan—crucial ground will be lost in the fight against climate change:


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