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Myron Ebell is the Director of Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC), a group of organizations “that question global warming alarmism and oppose energy rationing policies.” From 1997-2015, the combined grants from ExxonMobil to CHC members top $11 million dollars. Since its inception, the organization has used a variety of tactics to distort public opinion on climate change and influence decision making in Washington. For decades the coalition has authored bias reports, held briefings on Capitol Hill, and released weekly newsletters attacking “climate change alarmists”. Originally founded by Consumer Alert, the coalition and its website is now funded by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

In September of 2016, Myron Ebell was selected to lead Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA transition team. Ebell prides himself on having “led the effort to convince President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty”. Recently, the Washington Post published an exposé on Cooler Heads Coalition and its leader, Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), and his role in the Paris withdrawal.

In 2004, The British House of Commons censured Myron Ebell “in the strongest possible terms” for his “unfounded and insulting criticism of Sir David King, The Government’s Chief Scientist.” King has notably argued that “climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today.”

Coal funding

Murray Energy admitted to the Washington Post that it funded CEI, which Murray praised for advocating in support of the coal industry.

A 2009 IRS filing for the Competitive Enterprise Institute — inadvertently made public without redactions — disclosed funding from two coal mining companies. Ohio-based Murray Energy donated $90,000, and Richmond-based Massey Energy gave $100,000.

Contributions to CEI overall during the Obama administration rose to $7.6 million in 2014 from $4.1 million in 2009, tax filings show.

In a statement to The Post, a Murray Energy spokesman said the company provided annual support to CEI “in order to advance their principles of ‘limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty.’ ”

“Indeed, for eight years the Obama Administration severely undermined these principles, in its effort to completely destroy the United States coal industry,” the statement said. “The Competitive Enterprise Institute was effective in advocating against this destruction, and in supporting preservation of coal jobs and family livelihoods, and low-cost, reliable electricity for all Americans.”

In a 2015 televised interchange between Myron Ebell and the Environmental Defense Fund’s Jeremy Symons, Ebell simultaneously denies doing coal companies’ bidding and asks for more funding from those companies.

From 1997-2015, members of Ebell’s Cooler Heads Coalition received over $11,000,000 from Exxon. Of that total, $3,000,000 were labeled as grants to be used specifically for climate change programs.  According to IRS records, CEI received $2.1 million dollars from ExxonMobil (with grants totalling $465,000 one year) from 1997 to 2005, when Exxon unceremoniously dropped their funding.

On July 11, 2016, Myron Ebell attended private, undisclosed meetings held by the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) in Colorado to coordinate on defending ExxonMobil and push back against climate change legislation.  Ebell urged the GOP attorneys general to continue their effort to push back against ExxonMobil investigation led by NY AG Eric Schneiderman.

Representatives at the event included representatives from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), both of which have received funding from the petroleum industry or ExxonMobil.