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Friday, January 23, 2009

Lisa Jackson Confirmed As EPA Administrator

The U.S. Senate confirmed by unanimous consent the nomination of Lisa P. Jackson yesterday to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AAEA supported the nomination and attended the Senate Environment & Public Works confirmation hearing. Congratulations Administrator Jackson. We wish you the best as you guide America towards a cleaner environment. We will do everything in our power to help you on your mission.

Global warming will be Administrator Jackson's biggest challenge. She will probably oversee the promulgation of regulations to mitigate climate change at the same time Congress considers global warming legislation. AAEA supports a cap-and-trade program, which is currently President Obama's recommendation. AAEA does not support a carbon tax. Neither does the Obama administration. We will be recommending a hybrid program made up of a domestic program and an international treaty or treaties that includes the USA, China, India, Europe and other countries. A competitive and market oriented program should be designed to reduce greenhouse gases while enhancing economies.

Statement by Administrator Lisa Jackson:

"I am honored by the confidence and faith President Obama and the Senate have reposed in me to lead the EPA in confronting the environmental challenges currently before us. As Administrator, I will ensure EPA’s efforts to address the environmental crises of today arerooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming transparency. By keeping faith with these values and unleashing innovative, forward-thinking approaches – we can further protect neighborhoods and communities throughout the country.”
Memo To EPA Employees

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