Axios article President Donald Trump announced Thursday that former Obama administration adviser Stephen Miller has been tapped to lead the transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing Gina McCarthy.
Miller, a climate change skeptic, has spent nearly half his career at the EPA and has made his name in public service on the issue.
Trump also tapped former Ohio Gov.
John Kasich as a deputy EPA administrator, and former Utah Gov.
Gary Herbert as acting administrator.
Miller’s confirmation comes as Trump faces mounting criticism for his administration’s rollback of the Obama administration’s climate change efforts.
Miller was the president of the National Association of Manufacturers and a senior adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign.
Miller is a frequent critic of Trump’s efforts to roll back Obama’s climate and environmental policies.
In an op-ed published Thursday in The New York Times, Miller wrote that the EPA “isn’t designed to solve the real problems that we face, but to do what it can to make things worse.”
Miller also questioned the EPA’s decision to lift an Obama-era moratorium on coal mining and the EPA has declined to regulate fracking and other new oil and gas drilling techniques.
Miller said he has no plans to join the transition at this point, but is open to serving as an adviser to the new EPA.