EPA boss exits without applause

We can’t think of any member of the Obama administration who has been more reviled by the farm community than Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jackson announced last week that she will leave her post sometime after the president’s State of the Union address later this month. With the exception of a laudatory statement from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, agriculture leaders have largely been silent in the wake of the announcement.

That’s a departure from much of her four-year tenure, when Jackson and her agency were regularly the focus of a great deal of discussion anywhere farmers and ranchers gathered.

Environmentalists expected the Obama EPA to be far more proactive than under the previous administration. While many in that camp didn’t think Jackson went far enough, she succeeded in heaping on additional regulations that cost the automobile and energy industries billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

Early on farmers and ranchers were worried about the potential impacts of greenhouse gas regulations that were reportedly considered. There was also concern the EPA would clamp down on farm dust as it conducted its regular review of fine and course particulate matter as required by the Clean Air Act. There were also reports that the agency sought to broaden the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, and to extend its regulatory reach.

Read more at Capital Press. 


  1. The environmental movement in this country is a half bubble off plumb.

  2. John Stewart says:

    The qualifier, "more reviled by the farm community", is too narrow a statement "more reviled by the American public" would be more accurate.

  3. They are going beyond what they were intended to do. The air is cleaner than it was 30 years ago with more cars on the road. Every time they can detect a smaller particle they change the standard to what they can now measure. The size of particles comming from vehical exhaust is so small water vapor doesn't attach to it like the larger particles did. So we now have a reduced light hitting the ground which is causing a new set of problem. Also the ever increasing auto emission standards reduce vehicle mileage so we actually need to use more fuel to go the same distance. The extra cost of cleaner auto exhaust has had a large price we are still paying for, not only in increased cost to make. But in increased fuel costs by those who can least afford to pay. Not to mention those jobs that have went over seas.

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