Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will step down after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address early next year. A supporter of stringent climate change legislation, Jackson often bumped up against industry, Republicans in Congress and, at times, the Obama White House, The New York Times reports.
Jackson's departure comes as many in the environmental movement are questioning the president's commitment to dealing with climate change. After his re-election, and a campaign in which global warming was barely mentioned by either candidate, President Obama said that his first priority would be jobs and the economy and that he intended only to foster a "conversation" on climate change in the coming months.
No EPA successor to Jackson was immediately named, although it is expected that Robert Perciasepe, the agency's deputy administrator, will take over at least temporarily. Jackson's creates another second-term staffing decision for President Obama. He recently nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. The Defense secretary and CIA director posts are still open.
Via The New York Times.