Senator: Jackson 'One Of The Few At EPA That Was Honest,' 'Hope That's Not The Reason For Her Departure'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | December 27, 2012 | 1:21 PM EST

Regarding the announcement that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is stepping down, Sen. James Inhofe praised Jackson's honesty - and expressed concern that it was the cause of her departure.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), made the following statement regarding Jackson's announcement:

"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.

Inhofe also took the opportunity to warn of the impending "regulatory cliff." And while he stressed the need to replace Jackson with an appointee who would address this problem, he said he is not optimistic:

"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."

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