Wednesday, October 6, 2010

EPA: Shut it fossil fuel lobbyists

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 11:02 AM

People keep complaining that Congress and the Obama administration haven't done enough about climate change, but, if you pay attention to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's news stream, the truth is a lot is being done. That pisses off big corporations with their wallet in the battle, but the agency's chief isn't planning to take shit from anyone anytime soon.

Here's a snippet from Grist's article, "It's on! EPA's Lisa Jackson whacks back at fossil fuel lobbyists."

Next to Barack Obama, EPA chief Lisa Jackson may now be the favorite target of Big Business lobbyists and their Republican cronies in Congress. Heck, even Democrats in tight races who want to show they're not part of that "cap-and-tax" crowd are piling on. But Jackson's not afraid of the action.

You manhandle the truth: The EPA director knows better than anyone that her agency is now going to take all the fire from the forces that took climate legislation down in the Senate. Last month, at an event marking the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, Jackson took a shot at the "doomsday predictions" of oil and gas lobbyists. Now, in an interview with Politico, she follows up with another punch:

...when I go around the country, people want clean air. They are as passionate about clean air and clean water as any number of issues; they want protection for their families and their children. I meet with individual businesses all the time, and industry has a huge role to play. But I do very much believe that it's time for us to get past this tired dance, where folks inside this Beltway get paid a lot of money to say things that aren't true about public health initiatives that this agency is charged by law with undertaking.

Oh, but there's more ... Read the rest of Randy Rieland's article here.

In case you missed it, here are a couple videos from Lisa Jackson's Earth Day visit to David Letterman's show:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. Additionally, she's on the steering committee for theGreater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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