Jackson to step down as Obama's environmental chief
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Lisa Jackson, who spearheaded the Obama administration's crackdown on carbon emissions, said on Thursday she will step down after almost four years of battles with Republicans and industry over proposed regulations.
Under her leadership, the agency declared for the first time that carbon dioxide was a danger to human health and could be regulated under the Clean Air Act, leading the EPA to develop a new regulatory regime to limit carbon emissions.
Industry groups and Republican lawmakers opposed Ms Jackson's efforts to fight climate change, hauling her in for numerous hearings in Congress, and she faced some pushback from within the administration too. She won praise from many environmental groups, while others complained her EPA was too timid.
It was unclear what direction the administration will take on climate change during President Barack Obama's second term.