(Image source: EPA)
http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/administrator.html

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN


The head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, is resigning her post after four years on the job.

“Jackson announced yesterday she will step down in January, just after the President’s State of the Union address. The EPA created new standards for air pollution from coal power plants on her watch.”

Jackson oversaw the agency as it became politicized due to debates over climate change, cap and trade and the Keystone Pipeline. The New York Times says Jackson herself drew much of that political fire.

“Ms. Jackson became a favored target of the new Republican majority’s aversion to what it termed ‘job-killing regulations.’ One coal industry official accused her of waging ‘regulatory jihad,’ and she was summoned to testify before hostile House committees dozens of times in 2011.”

The narrative of EPA vs. business has been fairly widespread in the media during Jackson’s tenure. For instance, billionaire industrialist Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg, Jackson’s departure will be good for his gas business.

“I think that that’s potentially a very encouraging thing because she’s seemed quite negative on all forms of hydrocarbon.”

And Fox News business reporter Stuart Varney goes even further, saying Jackson is absolutely anti-business.

“It would be a victory for American business if the new person at the EPA was clearly in favor of business, in favor of economic growth — in contrast to Lisa Jackson who hates business.”

Jackson is also under fire -- and under investigation -- for allegedly conducting EPA business over a fake email account with the alias Richard Windsor.  Even with all that, President Obama has spoken well of Jackson’s work. The Los Angeles Times reports...

“At the White House, Obama praised Jackson for her ‘unwavering commitment to the health of our families and our children.’ He said she had been instrumental in implementing standards to reduce mercury pollution and new fuel economy standards.”

Interestingly, environmental groups don’t think of Jackson as being an environmental defender. Though Jackson passed new air regulations and raised emissions standards, she left some environmental promises unfulfilled.

“Her departure is sure to prompt plenty of hand-wringing in the environmental community, which is already fretting aloud that the need to address global warming will again take a backseat to other administration priorities.”

No word yet on who will replace Jackson, but the Wall Street Journal reports the political realities of Washington, DC, make an existing EPA deputy the most likely choice.

“[T]he smart money among congressional staffers and industry lobbyists is on an internal EPA promotion. Ms. Jackson's deputies have already been confirmed, and it is harder for Senators to reject someone they have already waved through.”

Jackson says she  intends to spend more time with her family.
 

EPA Chief Lisa Jackson to Resign, Conservatives Cheer

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Dec 28, 2012

EPA Chief Lisa Jackson to Resign, Conservatives Cheer

(Image source: EPA)
http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/administrator.html

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN


The head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, is resigning her post after four years on the job.

“Jackson announced yesterday she will step down in January, just after the President’s State of the Union address. The EPA created new standards for air pollution from coal power plants on her watch.”

Jackson oversaw the agency as it became politicized due to debates over climate change, cap and trade and the Keystone Pipeline. The New York Times says Jackson herself drew much of that political fire.

“Ms. Jackson became a favored target of the new Republican majority’s aversion to what it termed ‘job-killing regulations.’ One coal industry official accused her of waging ‘regulatory jihad,’ and she was summoned to testify before hostile House committees dozens of times in 2011.”

The narrative of EPA vs. business has been fairly widespread in the media during Jackson’s tenure. For instance, billionaire industrialist Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg, Jackson’s departure will be good for his gas business.

“I think that that’s potentially a very encouraging thing because she’s seemed quite negative on all forms of hydrocarbon.”

And Fox News business reporter Stuart Varney goes even further, saying Jackson is absolutely anti-business.

“It would be a victory for American business if the new person at the EPA was clearly in favor of business, in favor of economic growth — in contrast to Lisa Jackson who hates business.”

Jackson is also under fire -- and under investigation -- for allegedly conducting EPA business over a fake email account with the alias Richard Windsor.  Even with all that, President Obama has spoken well of Jackson’s work. The Los Angeles Times reports...

“At the White House, Obama praised Jackson for her ‘unwavering commitment to the health of our families and our children.’ He said she had been instrumental in implementing standards to reduce mercury pollution and new fuel economy standards.”

Interestingly, environmental groups don’t think of Jackson as being an environmental defender. Though Jackson passed new air regulations and raised emissions standards, she left some environmental promises unfulfilled.

“Her departure is sure to prompt plenty of hand-wringing in the environmental community, which is already fretting aloud that the need to address global warming will again take a backseat to other administration priorities.”

No word yet on who will replace Jackson, but the Wall Street Journal reports the political realities of Washington, DC, make an existing EPA deputy the most likely choice.

“[T]he smart money among congressional staffers and industry lobbyists is on an internal EPA promotion. Ms. Jackson's deputies have already been confirmed, and it is harder for Senators to reject someone they have already waved through.”

Jackson says she  intends to spend more time with her family.
 

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