17 Responses to Lisa Jackson defends Obama’s environmental record on the Daily Show
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson thinks President Barack Obama deserves more credit for his environmental record.
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Here’s more from the Politico:
This is a president in his State of the Union who said, amongst all the other big issues, ‘But we’re not gonna sacrifice the clean air and healthy water that is part of being American.’ It’s a president whose continuing resolution negotiations knocked out every one of those riders that would have stopped EPA.”The embattled EPA chief also lamented how controversial her agency has become in Washington.
“I sometimes call it the fact-free zone,” Jackson said of Washington. “Outside Washington, 95 percent of the American people say they want government “” they see one of the roles of government as protecting their air and their water.
“And yet, time and time again, we’re having to go onto the Hill, oftentimes with people who privately tell me, ‘Hey I’m for the environment.’ And then they say, ‘But”¦,’ and the ‘but’ is a set of talking points from industry that really is short-sighted.”
Obama has taken heat from the left after his administration failed to shepherd a cap-and-trade bill through a Democrat-controlled Congress and after the EPA delayed several major environmental regulations that were fiercely opposed by industry.
But Jackson insisted that the EPA’s latest rule delay “” a decision Monday to stall a controversial air toxics rule for boilers “” didn’t come at the direction of the White House.
“And I can say unequivocally that no one in that White House is saying to me, ‘Don’t do a boiler rule,'” Jackson said. “EPA pulled the boiler rule because when we do it, it’s going to be right. It’s going to withstand court challenges because we also know they’re coming.”
Jackson is a “glass is half full” person, as any EPA Administrator must be.