Obama picks friend of development lobbyists for Environmental Protection Agency head

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Obama picks friend of development lobbyists for Environmental Protection Agency head

Stephen Lendman wrote:

[Lisa] Jackson will be the new EPA administrator... The public deserves better...

Before becoming governor Jon Corzine's chief of staff on December 1, Jackson was New Jersey's top environmental official as head of the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). At best, her record was mixed, but for critics it was poor to dismal.

According to the Washington-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), it "should disqualify her from serving as the next head of the US Environmental Protection Agency. In many instances, Jackson embraced policies at DEP echoing the very practices at the Bush EPA which Senator Barack Obama condemned during the presidential campaign."

DEP employees called her "politicized" and accused her of suppressing scientific information, issuing gag orders and threats against professional staff members who objected, and acting against the environment, not for it. "Little of what occurred during her 31-month tenure" qualifies her to be Obama's EPA administrator. "Under her watch, New Jersey's environment only got dirtier, incredible as that may seem." Other criticisms of her stewardship included:

-- DEP malfeasance endangering public health;

-- rising water pollution levels;

-- the contamination of drinking water supplies and poisoning of wildlife with no cogent state response;

-- the gross mismanagement of the state's hazardous waste clean-up program; and

-- one of her first administrative acts [in New Jersey] was to appoint the lobbyist for the New Jersey Builders Association as her assistant commissioner to oversee water quality and land use permits; Jackson later convened an industry-dominated task force to rewrite DEP policies and relax pollution enforcement; her entire tenure was marked by closed-door deal-making with polluters and lobbyists; she can now do nationally what she did to New Jersey.

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Whatever happened to the theory, often repeated on babble, that Obama will be right-wing on foreign policy and left-wing on domestic issues?

500_Apples

M. Spector wrote:

Whatever happened to the theory, often repeated on babble, that Obama will be right-wing on foreign policy and left-wing on domestic issues?

It appears to be a repudiated theory.

The realist in me knew that there would be some right-wing, bush-like appointment. What is surprising me is the extent to which Obama is colouring his entire cabinet in that manner. Defense, State, Treasury, Environment, Education and on a related note those ignorant hacks he sent to harass NASA officials. There is not even one major cabinet appointment that cheers me up. There was a physics nobel prize winner at the minor position of energy, that`s all.

Unfortunately, people keeping up with the social sciences and humanities tend to have an abysmal record of admitting they`re wrong when their ideas are disproven. I suspect Obama will keep being considered a left-wing hero for some time. 

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Obama Nominates Superfund Polluter Lawyer To Run DOJ Environment Division

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President Barack Obama has nominated a lawyer for the nation's largest toxic polluters to run the enforcement of the nation's environmental laws. On Tuesday, Obama "announced his intent to nominate" Ignacia S. Moreno to be Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division in the Department of Justice. Moreno, general counsel for that department during the Clinton administration, is now the corporate environmental counsel for General Electric, "America's #1 Superfund Polluter"

 

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Interesting considering General Electric has its fingers deeply in BC's IPP pie.

ennir

Great cartoon, thanks M.Spector.

I heard he appointed a past governor and dear friend of Monsanto to head up the department of agriculture.

It appears to me that Obama is the sucker punch of all sucker punches. I wonder when people will understand that he was never any more than a creature created to fulfill their hopes and dreams, that there will be no change except change for the worse.