Enviros protest Myron Ebell

Source: Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Environmental groups yesterday projected images and messages onto a U.S. EPA building to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s pick of Myron Ebell, a climate denier, to lead the agency’s transition.

Images of a green planet, icebergs and flames swirled across the face of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, an office building near the Federal Triangle in downtown Washington, during the evening rush hour.

Messages running down the columns of the building read “#RebelAgainstEbell” and “Don’t let deniers trump climate action.”

“We want Trump to know the people do not want a climate denier at the head of the agency supposed to protect their health, which is now very much tied to tackling climate change,” said Rudhdi Karnik, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club, one of the organizers of the event along with 350.org.

Carroll Muffett, the president and CEO of the Center for International Environmental Law, added that he also hoped EPA employees leaving work would see the images as a sign of support for the work they have been doing, like writing the Clean Power Plan, despite Trump’s pledges to roll back many of the agency’s rules and shrink its capacity.

A few office workers scurrying through the biting cold stopped to take photos of the images. Around the corner, tourists took selfies with the luxury Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

President-elect Trump yesterday released a video message declaring that “patriots” are being brought in to help with his transition. He outlined a number of executive actions he will take on “day one,” including an intent to “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy,” which he claimed will create millions of jobs.

“That’s what we want. That’s what we’ve been waiting for,” Trump said.