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clear eye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:59 PM
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Second Obama Top Environmental Appointee to Have Poor Record Re: Whistleblowers
A Huffington Post article "Anonymous Hold Put On Confirmation Of EPA Chief, Environmental Quality Chair", gives links to both pros and cons regarding Lisa Jackson:

Lisa Jackson: Science Will Rule At New EPA
Environmental Group Slams Obama's EPA Pick Jackson
Sen. Boxer Had Tough Questions For EPA Pick Jackson
EPA Pick's Record Raises Eyebrows
Josh Nelson: Adults Put Back In Charge At DOE
Josh Dorner: Lisa Jackson: Music To My Ears

but I can't find where the most serious allegations from PEER have been answered. (PEER describes itself thusly "As a service organization assisting federal & state public employees, PEER allows public servants to work as "anonymous activists" so that agencies must confront the message, rather than the messenger". In other words it protects environmental whistleblowers who have good reason to fear retaliation given the history of the last 20 years.) No one has questioned PEER's honesty, and the charges are disturbing.

Here is the link to PEER's PDF substantiating their objections:
Ten Questions Senate Should Ask Lisa Jackson

Taken together with the record of Obama's Energy Czar, Carol M. Browner, it raises questions about whether Pres. Obama is innoculating himself against environmental issue whistleblowing, as he has put two women in charge who have silenced and retaliated against whistleblowers before, rather than addressing the problems they raised. I truly wish I weren't reporting this, but coming up is the major issue of nuclear energy and whether the waste disposal issue has been solved enough to allow additional plants built w/o significant increases in cancer rates near the disposal sites (forever) and the plants themselves. A number of the existing plants are becoming old and regularly release more radiation than their neighbors would like (see the history of the Indian Point power plant, for example). I predict an eventual showdown on nuclear power w/ environmentalists and some public health NGOs on one side, and Obama's EPA and Energy Czar and the industry on the other. I imagine the President is aware of that potential as well.


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