The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 27, 2012

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson resigns

Staff and wire reports
Enid News and Eagle

WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administration Lisa Jackson says she’s stepping down after nearly four years on the job.

Jackson announced her departure in a statement Thursday. She gave no particular reason for leaving but said she was ready for new challenges, time with her family and new opportunities to make a difference.

Jackson’s tenure was marked by high-profile brawls with industry and congressional Republicans over such issues a global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline and new controls on coal-fired plants.

She says she’s leaving the agency, in her words, “confident the ship is sailing in the right direction.”

Jackson is expected to leave after the State of the Union address in late January. Cabinet members looking to move on often leave at the beginning of a president’s second term.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, made the following statement regarding the EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stepping down:

"Lisa Jackson and I disagreed on many issues and regulations while she headed the EPA, however, I have always appreciated her receptivity to my concerns, her accessibility and her honesty. She was one of the few at the EPA that was honest with me.She stated that the endangerment finding would be based on the U.N. IPCC, a science which was totally discredited in Climategate.She also had the courage to answer honestly when I asked her if passing Cap-and-Trade in the United States would lower world wide CO2 emission, and of course she answered no. While so many other Obama Administration appointees don't tell the truth, she did, and I hope that is not the reason for her departure.

“I truly wish her the best and thank her for her service in state and federal government. This provides President Obama with an opportunity to appoint an EPA Administrator who appreciates the needs of our economy. I have recently highlighted the regulatory cliff, which has been delayed, but which would further slow our nation's economic growth. Although I take a skeptical view, this appointment would provide this administration an opportunity to change its regulatory course."