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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:18 PM

Lisa Jackson retiring as EPA chief

Source: Washington Post

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who pushed through the most sweeping curbs on air pollution in two decades, announced Thursday morning that she will resign her post.

Jackson, who will step down shortly after President Obama’s State of the Union address next month, has not accepted another job, according to several individuals who have spoken with her. Many expected that she would not remain for the administration’s second term; Jackson herself joked about it recently.

Outspoken on issues including climate change and the need to protect disadvantaged communities from experiencing a disproportionate amount of environmental harm, Jackson pressed for limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants as well as the dumping of mining waste into streams and rivers near mines.

The slew of rules EPA enacted over the past four years — including the first-ever greenhouse gas standards for vehicles, cuts in mercury and other toxic pollution from power plants and a tighter limit on soot, the nation’s most widespread deadly pollutant — prompted many congressional Republicans and business groups to suggest Jackson was waging a “war on coal.” But it also made Jackson a hero to the environmental community, who viewed her as their most high-profile advocate within the Obama administration.


Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-head-jackson-to-resign-post/2012/12/27/50637f50-4fda-11e2-8b49-64675006147f_story.html

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Enrique Dec 2012 OP
patrice Dec 2012 #1
wordpix Dec 2012 #2
JNelson6563 Dec 2012 #3
Kolesar Dec 2012 #5
RantinRavin Dec 2012 #7
Kolesar Dec 2012 #8
joeybee12 Dec 2012 #4
lunasun Dec 2012 #6

Response to Enrique (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:20 PM

1. Dear President Obama, please appoint someone young with good ties to the Occupy. nt

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:25 PM

2. the next EPA head should have a track record of succeeding in environmental battles

We need to win this war

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:30 PM

3. Thank you Lisa Jackson!

I appreciate your efforts on behalf of the planet. Best wishes for your future endeavors!

I hope the President chooses someone who is just as passionate for his second term. No reason to believe he wouldn't.

Julie

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:07 PM

5. The fuel economy standards will decrease "the price at the pump" by at least a dollar...

...By decreasing demand.
Yes, she did well.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:03 PM

7. And the refineries cut production enough

to raise the "price at the pump" by at lest a dollar and a half....

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Response to RantinRavin (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:55 PM

8. So, we should not have done it? eom

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:33 PM

4. Sorry to see her go...she was great...knr

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:43 PM

6. war on coal

The GOP chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, said last year that Jackson would need her own parking spot at the Capitol
because he planned to bring her in so frequently for questioning.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called for her firing, a stance that had little downside during the GOP primary.

Despite the opposition, which former EPA chiefs have said is the worst they have seen against the agency, Jackson still managed to take significant steps that will improve air quality and begin to curb global warming.

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