"The worrisome news for climate skeptics is that Bannon is gone," Marc Morano, a former staffer for Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and a prominent climate skeptic, said in an email. "It appears that Gary Cohn is trying to fill the vacuum on climate policy and that is not a good development for skeptics. Hopefully Pruitt and [Energy Secretary Rick] Perry will pick up the slack and keep the administration on the path to dismantling Obama's climate 'legacy.'"
"As long as the Endangerment Finding is in place, I fear that there is going to have to be some limited regulation of greenhouse gas emissions at least," Ebell said. "As long as the Endangerment Finding is in place, a future administration could quickly move to promulgate new regulations along the lines of the" Clean Power Plan.
"Worth remembering, @EPA is *required* to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants because of the (rock solid) CO2 endangerment finding," tweeted Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
"The Clean Power Plan was based on the Obama EPA’s illegal and scientifically bankrupt endangerment finding.
The Obama EPA made up its mind to condemn CO2 before the endangerment rulemaking began, ignored the ongoing global warming pause and then finalized the finding despite the shocking Climategate emails confirming the scientific corruption of the climate alarmists.
Particularly galling was the Obama-invented “social cost of carbon.” In reality, there is no social cost of carbon because without fossil fuels, society stops.
Ironically, the Obama Clean Power Plan was not justified on the basis of reduced CO2 emissions but on the “co-benefit” of lives saved by reduced particulate matter emissions. The notion that coal plant particulate emissions kill people has now been totally debunked. So the Obama Clean Power Plan has absolutely no legs to stand on.
Kudos to Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt for keeping this vital campaign promise."
Morano: "Bannon served as Trump's ear to the grass roots and helped him battle the inevitable forces of the Washington establishment that pressure every president to back away from campaign promises that DC insiders are uncomfortable with."
Bannon departure will leave a void at the White House that will likely be filled by someone more accommodating to the DC Establishment. And that is bad news for climate skeptics. He will be missed."