Myron Ebell and the Exploding Heads

James Delingpole has written a piece on when the media darlings covering climate change went to a Q&A session with Myron Ebell, the head of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team.

Ebell had come to tell them about Trump’s plans for the environment and energy, which I won’t repeat here because you know them already.

They hated it. (Especially the bit where Ebell told them that Trump would definitely be pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate treaty) They couldn’t believe what they were hearing. They curled their lips. They laced their questions with the bitterest scorn. But they didn’t really tune into Ebell’s measured, silken, soft-spoken answers because, hell, they knew what he was saying just had to be wrong and they didn’t really understand what he meant anyway.

The reporter who set the tone – and if nothing else, you’ve got to admire his honesty – was the one from Channel 4 News who told Ebell: “It will occur to you that this room is full of people like myself who consider that nothing you say has any basis in fact. So what you’ve been telling us is essentially meaningless.”

Ebell replied with some painful home truths. “Elections are surprising things…” he began and went on to explain to the mystified audience why and how it was that Brexit happened and Trump happened.

Encouraged by Delingpole’s words I sought out the entire video on YouTube. If you have an hour to spare you should watch it, because it is glorious.

Myron Ebell is Cambridge educated and combines his unashamedly free-marketeer and small-government views with unfailing politeness and Zen-like calm, which contrasts wildly with the sneering smugness of the journalists in front of him. His “Elections are surprising things…” line is fantastic (he says it at 24:20).


12 thoughts on “Myron Ebell and the Exploding Heads

  1. Classic case of two different realities, one real, one faux, meeting in a room, with different media for each, different sources, different learned articles, diametrically opposed.

  2. I give up. I’ve gone near square-eyed trying to find that line in that hour of video.
    Anyone who can tell me where in the timeline he speaks that line will be… toasted when I have a whisky tonight!

  3. Harrabin continues to confirm he’s a twat every time he opens his mouth.

    My favourite bit was when he explained that Trump went out and talked to people. The room seemed gobsmacked at that novel idea.

  4. Was it Harrabin who seemed amazed that Ebell had never met Trump and wanted nto keep asking questions about it? Why was he so surprised? I worked at BT in a senior capacity for many years and never once met the CEO nor the CFO. I imagine that Trump would only really want to meet the team doing the State Department, Treasury, Defence etc. A team looking at a Federal agency must come way down the list of priorities.

  5. This was, or should have been, the revelation to the gathered groupthinkers that the emperor (ie MMCC) really doesn’t have any clothes. However, as Peter Hitchens wrote on his blog a couple of days ago “I’ve long thought and said the Andersen story about the Emperor’s clothes ended misleadingly. In real life the little boy and his family would have been attacked by the crowd, arrested, tortured and then (when the bruises had faded), paraded to confirm that the Emperor’s new clothes were very fine indeed, before being exiled to some pig-farm

    That’s as good a description as anything I’ve read concerning the desired response of the climaterati (and generally of those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome) to being exposed to the reality of their “settled science”.

  6. I’ve been trying to think of any particular in which Trump is like Hitler. Got it! Neither smoked.

  7. Mr Ebell also said this

    “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.”

    This description of how markets work despite government action on energy sources applies to all government action across all areas.

    Kill of the grossly bloated state sector and let the market decide what ventures and actions are viable. This goes hand in hand with reducing taxes, stimulating the economy and let the entrepreneurs take the risk and reward, not some numbnut government staffer that has zero skin in the game.

  8. Harrabin continues to confirm he’s a twat every time he opens his mouth.

    Was he the BBC guy? God, he came across as the most condescending, sneering twat I’ve seen in a long time. No wonder he’s employed by the BBC.

  9. Harrabin is the only reporter I have complained about to the BBC.

    And I have complained about him twice (and afterwards, stopped reading him).

    On both occasions, the BBC response appeared to be to an entirely different complaint than the one I actually made, such was its irrelevance to the points I made. I guess this is SOP, so I haven’t bothered to complain again.

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