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Lisa Jackson was one of a kind.  Not only was she the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, she is also a black woman.  Jackson stepped down recently after a four year period of leading the nation’s top environmental regulatory agency.   Jackson’s tenure was a consistent battle with Republicans to try to make changes to environmental regulations. The 50-year old Jackson told the president that she wanted to leave next year, informing him of the move right after the election. She issued a short statement on the matter this morning and is mum about what she wants to do after she leaves office. It is being speculated that Robert Perciasepe, the E.P.A. deputy administrator, will head the organization in the interim. As Jackson leaves, many are wondering if President Obama truly has a commitment to improving the environment.   Global warming was hardly a topic of conversation during the recent presidential debates, and the president did not mention the environment as a leading priority of his administration. The president’s position on such matters have disappointed some members of his liberal base, including a few Hollywood stars who went to bat for him back in 2008.   The president’s efforts to push forward with a cap-and-trade bill were stalled in the Senate, and were replaced by smaller efforts, such as the Clean Air Act. The president praised Ms. Jackson in a statement: “Over the last four years, Lisa Jackson has shown an unwavering commitment to the health of our families and our children,” the president said. “Under her leadership, the E.P.A. has taken sensible and important steps to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink, including implementing the first national standard for harmful mercury pollution, taking important action to combat climate change under the Clean Air Act, and playing a key role in establishing historic fuel economy standards that will save the average American family thousands of dollars at the pump, while also slashing carbon pollution.”    

Obama’s EPA Chief Stepping Down

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Lisa Jackson was one of a kind.  Not only was she the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, she is also a black woman.  Jackson stepped down recently after a four year period of leading the nation’s top environmental regulatory agency.   Jackson’s tenure was a consistent battle with Republicans to try to make changes to environmental regulations.

The 50-year old Jackson told the president that she wanted to leave next year, informing him of the move right after the election. She issued a short statement on the matter this morning and is mum about what she wants to do after she leaves office.

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  1. I love Lisa, not very many african american women are in the Presidents cabinet. Regardless of the backlash, African American women are not afraid t fight for what they believe in, they understand and know the importance of the environment, its effect on our health, so that we are able and can get up to go to work. The environment must be protected as ordered by the Lord, or we are doomed. As you are already witnessing, climate change, global destruction. I am so sadden by her leaving, I truly hope she was not forced out, for African American women gains have not been many in the cabinet or staff at the white house. May God Bless you Lisa

  2. Bye! That is what the republican's wanted you to do anyway, do you not see that? This is why they made things difficult for you.

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