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Jonathan Swan Feb 25, 2017
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Trump's EPA transition head troubled by signs of moderation

Myron Ebell, who led Trump's EPA transition team and wrote the action plan for the environmental agency, was troubled to read in the Wall Street Journal about the moderating influence of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump over the Trump Administration's environmental policies.

QuoteThey appear to have forgotten who voted for Trump and why. — Ebell in an e-mail when we asked him what he thought about the WSJ story

Why this matters: Ebell no longer works for Trump but his perspective reflects the views of environmental hardliners within the president's orbit. His passionate response to the WSJ story — which says Kushner intervened in an executive order drafting to scrap language critical of the 2015 global climate deal — telegraphs inevitable tensions between the White House's moderating influences (Jared and Ivanka) and those who want to gut the regulatory state using the sharpest knife in the drawer.