Controversial Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is leaving her post after four years of battling Republicans and industry while also giving the White House some heartburn along the way over her push for new clean air rules.
Jackson has won praise from greens for her tenure, but she also leaves with the Obama administration having yet to aggressively address climate change.
“I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference,” Jackson said in a statement Thursday.
The agency said she plans to leave after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address early next year. If a nominee to replace her has not been confirmed by then, the White House plans to have Jackson's deputy, Robert Perciasepe, serve as the acting administrator.
Jackson faced tremendous opposition in her four years at the EPA, where she was a lightning rod for attacks from the right for environmental regulations considered tough on industry — particularly coal.
Many on the right dubbed her the administration’s general in the election year “war on coal,” and most recently she faced tough criticism for the revelation of a secondary EPA email account she used under the pseudonym “Richard Windsor.”
Under Jackson, EPA made the critical determination that greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment, paving the way for first-ever rules to deal with global warming, and pushed through stringent new toxic air pollution standards for power plants.
But Jackson ran into opposition from the White House in her push to set new smog standards, nearly quitting over the decision to punt tougher limits until after the election.
IMHO: Jackson is the worst EPA head ever, inflicting billions of dollars of damage to the economy while doing nothing to protect the environment. She should be investigated and prosecuted.
Think about all the thousands of jobs that will be lost in the steam locomotive manufacturing sector, as well- when we're done destroying the coal industry!!!
Oh, never mind. That already happened when we moved into the future many years ago- just like we're moving into a cleaner energy future even now- despite the grumbling and ridiculous grousing that always spews from the conservative crazies out there.
Those same people seem to enjoy ingesting and inhaling mercury, sulphates and arsenic- and just can't get enough of the serious medical health problems and deaths ( a very serious health problem, indeed) that comes with all those wonderful substances and pollutants provided by the coal burning plants.
Candles (Headwind357) once said that "arsenic is an essential element"!!! What does that tell us?
Keep up the stupidity, guys!!! It's very entertaining and very telling about your mental states.
Fortunately, you'll soon be dying out, and then the world can progress.
"...Those same people seem to enjoy ingesting and inhaling mercury, sulphates and arsenic- and just can't get enough of the serious medical health problems and deaths ( a very serious health problem, indeed) that comes with all those wonderful substances and pollutants provided by the coal burning plants..."
Ms. Jackson crusade was against CO2 emissions. Nobody is against clean air, not even Headwind.
Snort, it is your privilege to use whatever sources of energy/fuel (e.g., renewables) you wish. However, until solar, wind, et al. mature as technologies to the point where it is possible to discuss these sources as replacements for fossil fuels, the market will not make these investments. We need reliable base-load sources of energy and transportation fuels. If you have made the choice to live off of the grid, congratulations to you. Please don't impose this lifestyle on me nor on our fellow citizens until the economies of scale have enabled competitive pricing with the fossil fuels.
From National Review:
Today, thousands of coal miners are without work as her power plant regulations (backed by a president who embraced Jackson’s crusade, calling global warming “one of the greatest moral challenges of our generation”) have bankrupted mining companies such as Patriot Coal and forced others such as OhioAmerica and Alpha Natural Resources to downsize. An oil opponent, Jackson successfully lobbied the president to reject the transcontinental Keystone Pipeline, costing the U.S. some 20,000 jobs. Her global warming zeal extended to autos when she took the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) away from the Transportation Department — mandating that auto companies meet a pie-in-the-sky standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025 in an attempt to eliminate the internal combustion engine (the industry is spending millions on lobbying to water down the rules).
Jackson’s holy war created a rogue agency unanswerable to Congress. Her coal and CAFE edicts were done without the input of America’s elected representatives, creating a backlash that has led to endless hearings before Congressional Republicans. Despite the House revolt, Jackson’s agency churned on with its wave of rules. The resulting job consequences were illustrated in a dramatic photo-op with coal miners and Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign at a Murray Energy facility in Ohio — an event met with a near blackout by national media.
Rumors abound that Jackson’s resignation is the result of controversy over secret e-mails that Jackson authored exposing her War on Coal. But her public actions are scandalous enough. Having forced the shutdown of dozens of coal plants, the EPA chief dropped one final bomb before Election Day — announcing carbon caps that effectively end new coal plant construction in the U.S.
“This agency (knows) no bounds,” said Chris Hamilton, senior V.P. of the West Virginia Coal Association after the new rules were announced. “Their actions don’t take into consideration people’s livelihoods, jobs, or the existing liability of energy companies.”
With more regulations in the pipeline covering everything from “environmental justice” (Jackson subscribes to the radical theory that the location of industrial plants discriminates against poor minorities) to natural gas fracking, the reign of Jackson cannot end soon enough.
Lewis, I agree with you whole-heartedly. Ms. Jackson was a political appointee who (after having met her in DC) was in my considered opinion, often dismissive of those of us who worked in the private sector. While I tend to have a general problem with liberals who exhibit hubristic arrogance (a haughtiness and an attitude that are not supported by real world experience), I simply cannot stomach those who choose to impose the equivalent of sanctions on industries that they either don't know (e.g., lack of real world experience) and/or are obliged politically to demonize. Ms. Jackson met these criteria; making her an ideal appointee of President Obama.