After nearly four years of battles against Republicans over her proposed environmental regulations, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson has tendered her resignation. Jackson was instrumental in raising the federal fuel efficiency standard bar to 54.5 mpg by 2025, notes Reuters.
Jackson took on carbon dioxide pollution
Under Jackson’s leadership, the EPA finally named carbon dioxide as an environmental pollutant that would fall under the umbrella of the Clean Air Act. This led the EPA to devise a new regulatory body geared toward limiting carbon emissions.
In a statement to the press, President Obama praised Lisa Jackson for pushing mercury pollution limits, as well as for fighting the good fight against climate chance and slack fuel economy standards.
“Under her leadership, the EPA has taken sensible and important steps to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said Obama.
Gladiatorial combat against the GOP
Republican opposition during Lisa Jackson’s nearly four-year term tended to revolve around GOP claims that Jackson’s attempts to regulate emissions amounted to “massive regulatory overreach” that primarily served to “choke” U.S. economic growth. In her resignation statement, Jackson that she was “confident the (EPA) ship is sailing in the right direction.”
Lisa Jackson’s replacements under consideration
Among the candidates who are under considering to replace Jackson as head of the EPA are current EPA deputy administrator Bob Perciasepe and former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Kathleen McGinty, who also happens to be protege of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
Reports suggest that Jackson, who trained as a chemical engineer, may be considering a teaching position at a major U.S. university.
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