High energy costs will be legacy of retiring EPA chief

01/07/2013
The regulatory activism for which Lisa P. Jackson long will be remembered hit full stride in her first year as administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. On Dec. 7, 2009, she made the final finding that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases endanger public health by contributing to atmospheric warming. The Supreme Court had ruled in April 2007 that the GHGs represent "pollutants" under the statute but left to EPA the determination that they posed threats to public health warranting regulation under the Clean Air Act. Late in the administration of George W. Bush, the EPA had drafted a finding of public endangerment, which went nowhere. Under Barack Obama, t...
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