Myron Ebell is director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He also chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, which comprises over two dozen non-profit groups in this country and abroad that question global warming alarmism and oppose energy rationing policies.
Prior to coming to CEI, Mr. Ebell was policy director at Frontiers of Freedom, a public-policy advocacy organization founded by former US Senator Malcolm Wallop. While at Frontiers of Freedom, he worked on property rights, the Endangered Species Act, federal-lands policies, and global warming. He previously served as senior legislative assistant to Rep. John Shadegg, where he helped develop landmark legislation that would reform the Endangered Species Act, and before that as Washington representative of the American Land Rights Association and as assistant to the chairman of the National Taxpayers Union.
Mr. Ebell has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows, including the ABC Evening News, NBC Nightly News, PBS News Hour, BBC Newsnight, BBC World, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, MSNBC, ITN, Voice of America, Televisa, Sky TV, Al Jazeera, PBS’s NOW, Fox News's Special Report with Brit Hume, O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity and Colmes, and on national television networks in Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, and Germany. He has appeared frequently on a variety of BBC radio news shows and on hundreds of radio talk shows, including G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Reagan, Dennis Miller, Jim Bohannon, Blanquita Cullum, Janet Parshall, Neal Boortz, Thom Hartmann, Jane Chastain, Alan Colmes, Alan Nathan, Air America, and National Public Radio's Diane Rehm, Talk of the Nation, To the Point, Living on Earth, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered. In 2004, he was featured in a BBC Radio documentary, The Climate Wars, and in 2005 participated in a BBC World Television debate on the Kyoto Protocol. Mr. Ebell's writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including USA Today, Washington Post, Human Events, Forbes, London’s Guardian, Newark Star Ledger, Riverside Press Enterprise, Philadelphia Inquirer, Manchester Union Leader, Anchorage Daily News, and Environmental Law Forum.
Mr. Ebell has testified before six House and Senate committees. On radio and television and in person, he has debated then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, then-EPA Administrator Carol Browner, then-CEQ Chairman Katie McGinty, then-Acting CEQ Chairman George Frampton, then-British Environment Minister Michael Meacher, former British Environment Minister John Selwyn Gummer, then-Dutch Environment Minister Jan Pronk, European Environment Agency Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade, several Senators and Representatives, and the heads of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, League of Conservation Voters, Wilderness Society, Greenpeace USA, Friends of the Earth UK, National Environmental Trust, Public Citizen, and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy. In May 2005, the Oxford Union invited Mr. Ebell to speak in a debate on global warming. He also spoke on the opening plenary panel of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual meeting in 2004, along with Teresa Heinz Kerry, Ted Danson, and Franco Harris. Vanity Fair magazine published a long, highly critical profile of Mr. Ebell in their May 2007 “second annual Green Issue.” The Weather Channel named CEI one of the ten most influential groups or individuals in the global warming debate for 2006; notably, no other non-profit groups, including environmental pressure groups, were named to the list.
Among numerous other recognitions, Greenpeace featured Mr. Ebell and three of his CEI colleagues in “A Field Guide to Climate Criminals” distributed at the UN climate meeting in Montreal in December 2005. Rolling Stone magazine in its November 17, 2005 issue named Mr. Ebell one of six “Misleaders” on global warming in a special feature, along with President Bush, Senator James Inhofe, and Michael Crichton. In November 2004 as a result of a BBC Radio interview, seven members of the British House of Commons from all three major parties introduced a motion to censure Mr. Ebell “in the strongest possible terms.” In its May 22, 2004 special Issues and Answers issue, National Journal profiled Mr. Ebell as one of ten people who would lead the global warming debate during the next presidential administration. The Clean Air Trust in March 2001 named Mr. Ebell its "Villain of the Month" for his role in convincing the Bush Administration not to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. A native of Baker City, Oregon, Mr. Ebell holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. He also did graduate work at the University of California at San Diego and at Peterhouse, Cambridge University.