Heartland Institute Experts React to Resignation of EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson

Sam Karnick Heartland Institute
Published December 27, 2012

Lisa Jackson, secretary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told her staff Thursday morning she is stepping down and will not serve in President Obama’s second term.

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“Secretary Jackson played the environmental ‘bad cop’ to President Obama’s more moderate ‘good cop,’ but the result of their tag-team effort has been a huge expansion of the EPA’s power. That’s the exact opposite of what is needed, as a stagnant economy, unnecessarily high energy prices, and higher unemployment are imposed on the nation in service of fictitious crusades such as climate change worries and nonexistent toxin threats. Appointing another bad cop to head the EPA could by itself push the nation into recession.”

S.T. Karnick
Director of Research
The Heartland Institute
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“I met Lisa Jackson at a meeting in Atlanta in April 2011, and I thought she was a fine person well worth knowing. She has a degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, which means she is smart. I simply strongly disagree with her thinking that the burning of fossil fuels causes global warming and the EPA should stop the use of fossil fuels by regulation.

“Unfortunately, her replacement may pose the same problems by attempting to abolish use of our abundant fossil fuels and propel the United States’ economy to third world status.”

James H. Rust
Policy Advisor
Energy and Environment
The Heartland Institute
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