By Devin Henry
December 01, 2016
A Colorado think tank chief who opposes key Obama administration energy regulations has been added to Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team.
Trump officials named Amy Oliver Cooke, the vice president and director of the Independence Institutes’ Energy Policy Center, to his EPA landing team on Thursday.
Cooke has spoken out against Democratic environmental polices both in Washington and Colorado. In a September op-ed in the Denver Post, she said the EPA’s landmark Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule is “backstopped by a cap-and-trade scheme,” and that Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) was “like Obama ... intent on imposing climate policies over the will of the people.”
In a Wednesday blog post, Cooke wrote, “in 2017 the EPA will be very different under a President Trump administration. During the campaign, Mr. Trump said the Clean Power Plan is DOA.”
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An earlier post said a local utility should retool its clean energy generation plans because, “given the outcome of the national presidential election, the CPP is probably dead, and it’s unlikely there will be additional federal regulation on carbon."
Her Independence Institute biography page says, “She’s famous for her provocative messaging like ‘Mothers In Love with Fracking’ and ‘I’m an energy feminist because I’m pro-choice in energy sources.’”
Environmentalists have criticized Trump for appointing EPA transition team members hostile to both Obama administration rules and climate change science.
The head of his EPA transition team, Myron Ebell, is the director of energy and environment policy at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, and is a leading skeptic of climate science.
Trump met Monday with Kathleen Hartnett White, who directs energy and environment policy at a Texas think tank, to discuss a potential cabinet appointment.
The League of Conservation Voters said White, if she is appointed to the EPA, would “give polluters a free pass to regulate themselves — putting our clean air and water at risk.”
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