Did EPA chief Jackson resign in protest over the Keystone pipeline?

posted at 6:31 pm on January 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The eventual completion of the full-length Keystone XL pipeline seems more and more like an inevitability for the Obama administration, as it continues to clear bureaucratic hurdles and TransCanada proposes new routes to work with and not against the greenie-grain — not to mention the clamorous pressure to finally allow all of the undeniable economic benefits doing so would bring about already.

As environmentally innocuous as the pipeline actually is, the eco-radicals decided a long time ago that they’d remain dead set against the whole idea on principle, and they’ve managed to turn it into one of the most contentious energy-related issues of the moment (nevermind that terrestrial pipelines are the safest and most efficient way of transporting the oil sands, and the oil is going to extracted whether we do it or China does). The official line is that the State Department’s review is still ongoing, but the dawning realization that this thing is probably happening was apparently not met amicably by a certain high-level Obama official, reports the NY Post (h/t RedState):

EPA chief Lisa Jackson suddenly resigned last week because she was convinced that President Obama is planning to green-light the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, The Post has learned.

“She was going to stay on until November or December,” said a Jackson insider. “But this changed it. She will not be the EPA head when Obama supports it [Keystone] getting built.” …

And Jackson has told insiders that the president will approve the project this time — perhaps as soon as March or April.

Jackson’s spokeswoman, Victoria Rivas-Vazquez, referred back to the original announcement that she wanted to “pursue new challenges, time with her family and new opportunities.”

Let us not forget Jackson’s highly dubious use of an extracurricular e-mail account, and maybe it was just one of several factors, but this looks like a possible sign that the head of the unabashedly zealous independent agency was not at all pleased with the vague direction in which President Obama is planning to take his energy policy in the second term, which could be… at least not bad news? Maybe? Fingers crossed?


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May the rest of her life be as inconsequential as possible.

The EPA is a power-mad, power-grabbing agency.

22044 on January 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

EPA chief Lisa Jackson suddenly resigned last week because…

…20,000 of the emails of “Richard Windsor” will be released on the 14th.

Resist We Much on January 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

More human trash who was upset that she couldn’t cheat to get what she wanted.

Bishop on January 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

The EPA is a power-mad, power-grabbing agency.

22044 on January 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Can we just nuke it until it glows.

chemman on January 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

The woman is a gullible, left wing fool. Once on her way to being an industrial chemist, she was infected with left wing funding and politics and has become ever more radical and fanciful in her beliefs. Whether she left because she committed a crime or because she is protesting … nothing, is inconsequential as both reasons lay at the feet of her delusional belief in junk science and her hatred of industry.

pat on January 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

I sense a football pull coming, while TransCanada flies through the air to a hard landing on the hindquarters.

For those who don’t get the Charlie Brown reference, that means I’ll believe Keystone XL is getting built when oil’s flowing through it instead of being railroaded on the Buffett Express.

Steve Eggleston on January 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Sic the EPA on this administration–they’re all toxic.

vityas on January 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

In order for this story to be true, Lisa Jackson would have to be a principled environmental wacko who actually believes the shit she spews about the environment. She is not. She is a political hack and authoritarian fascist who would have applied those innate traits to any agency her benefactor — jugears — had appointed her to. It just happened to be the EPA. She quit because her corruption could no longer be covered up.

Rational Thought on January 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Can we just nuke it until it glows.

chemman on January 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

I like that idea.

22044 on January 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

The EPA is a power-mad, power-grabbing agency.

22044 on January 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Can we just nuke it until it glows.

chemman on January 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Now there is a genuinely happy thought… ;)

SWalker on January 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

No one in dc ever ‘resigns’ and is gone? They just get new jobs at taxpayers expense someplace else. Think the benghazi four that left and are still on the payroll?

jarrett probably has a nice job for jackson at more the pay someplace? Gotta keep it in the family don’t we?
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letget on January 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Let all the eco radicals resign in protest. Please

Grunt on January 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Four more years…
Or more…

Electrongod on January 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Is “extracurricular” an obscure synonym for “extremely illegal”?

RoadRunner on January 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I’m sure she resigned honorably as a protest of the pipeline. It had nothing to do with her “Richard Windsor” email alias.

nogooddeed on January 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

EPA chief Lisa Jackson suddenly resigned last week because…

…20,000 of the emails of “Richard Windsor” will be released on the 14th.

Resist We Much on January 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Yeah, I’d say that’s 99% of it. The other 1% might be principle, something to do with the pipeline.

petefrt on January 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Sorry for the O/T, but that harpy with high cheek bones is at again? A wonder this gal manages to feed herself?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/its-not-a-numbers-issue-watch-elizabeth-warren-struggle-to-define-middle-class/
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letget on January 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

The pipeline had absolutely nothing to do with her resignation. If it weren’t for the illegal second e-mail account, she would be sticking around to try to administratively hamstring the pipeline as much as possible.

RoadRunner on January 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

I’ll believe Keystone XL is getting built when oil’s flowing through it instead of being railroaded on the Buffett Express.

Steve Eggleston on January 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Me too. I’ll believe it when I see it. Not before.

petefrt on January 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

No

Skywise on January 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say. She’s just one of the many Obamabots I’d love to see the back end of.

RebeccaH on January 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM

she wanted to “pursue new challenges

Hopefully those new challenges include prison.

DAT60A3 on January 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

the vague direction in which President Obama is planning to take his energy policy

Don’t ask him, he probably hasn’t ‘focus grouped’ it yet.

GarandFan on January 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

HIGH-GRADE BS

This is an attempt by Team Barry to make it sound as if it’s inevitable…

…so he can dodge the issue until something else comes alone and blows up in his face like Benghazi…

…then, he’ll whip out the pen, blame “Congress” for not getting the pipeline built, and give it the old executive decision.

Barry has no intention of being the one who gives the final greenlight.

budfox on January 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Richard Windsor could not be reached for comment.

Stu Gotts on January 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Sic the EPA on this administration–they’re all toxic.

vityas on January 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

“…they’re all toxic waste”

There FIFY.

Quartermaster on January 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Damned Nonsense. ‘Richard Windsor’ quit because she’s a damned embarassment and the Obama Admin couldn’t take the added heat.

rayra on January 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

As environmentally innocuous as the pipeline actually is

It’s environmentally and economically beneficial. Same goes for gas fracking. That’s why the red-greens hate them.

forest on January 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I am ready..
bring it on…

QOTD..

Electrongod on January 6, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Not only was her use of “Richard Windsor” illegal but also any other government employee who knew of her use of it are accessories in her illegal activities and they all should be held accountable. How many crooks are we paying salaries to with our tax dollars? Let them all burn in hell.

D-fusit on January 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Is she the one who cornered her subordinate and demanded he stuff the back of her throat with his Californian Thicktailed Chub?

BL@KBIRD on January 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

…cripes!…I don’t watch the news much anymore…so I don’t have to see JugEars…I turn him off if his voice comes on the radio… I just spent 12 hours driving to Chicago and back…and those ears are the first thing I see when I get back? Ruined my day! I have to see him see him everyday…. on Hot Air!
Couldn’t we have had a picture of the EPA Ms. Porker for this thread… instead?
On JugEar threads…can we just have a picture of somebodies a$$hole versus…that turd?…It would be more refreshing!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Get rid of EPA now!

nazo311 on January 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Heh! I do the same with our Australian version!

OldEnglish on January 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Did EPA chief Jackson resign in protest over the Keystone pipeline?

Who cares? As long as her corrupt ass is gone. Girl, don’t go away mad. Just go away.

fitzfong on January 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

EPA chief Lisa Jackson suddenly resigned last week because…

…20,000 of the emails of “Richard Windsor” will be released on the 14th.

Resist We Much on January 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Er, what executive sends 20,000 emails? It’s possible, I suppose, but that would be 14 emails every day for 4 years, without vacations.

Chances are the account was deployed for use by various staff for various unaccountable reasons.

virgo on January 6, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I DESPISE them all!

Gothguy on January 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM

My personal contact told me back when Obama was making noise about the Keystone XL that the pipeline was going to be completed from Texas to the Canadian border no matter what Obama decided.

J_Crater on January 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Richard Windsor was the nom de plume of EPA chief Lisa Jackson, who announced her resignation last month. Why, you may ask, would a federal bureaucrat need an alias? Did she need cover in order to work on her own version of “50 Shades of Grey”? Does a secret identity liberate her to fight General Zod and Lex Luthor?
Or is she, like most users of aliases, trying to hide from the law?
The latter seems closest to the truth. Jackson has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but she has apparently been using unofficial e-mail accounts to discuss government affairs. As a side benefit, such exchanges might have been expected to escape discovery via the Freedom of Information Act. It is against federal law to use private e-mail addresses to discuss the people’s business.

J_Crater on January 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I terrorize libe threads. I visit centrist threads and get in debates. I am in a war elsewhere on a related issue, the EPA. The New york Times ran an article commenting that President Obama’s EPA rules were just grenades passed to him by President Bush. A lib took that and ran with it to show a “pro energy” posture bu President Obama.

IlikedAUH2O on January 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Previous EPA Administrators Handed Rulemaking ‘Grenades’ to Obama, William Reilly Says

On Dec 17, 2010, The NYT wrote:

“At a time of unprecedented rancor over the costs and benefits of U.S. EPA rules, the Obama administration has far less leeway than the agency’s critics in Congress suggest, according to the man who led the agency under George H.W. Bush.
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Many of the most costly new regulations were left behind by the George W. Bush administration, William Reilly told an audience at the National Press Club yesterday. Some of the rules were ordered by Congress but were never put in place, forcing EPA to settle with environmental groups. Others have court deadlines from when the last administration’s policies were rejected in court.

“They’re like little hand grenades that have been rolled out there by previous administrators, and now they’re ticking,” Reilly said. “They’re very difficult, and some of them quite expensive, rules.”

Reilly, who is also co-chairman of the presidential panel investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lent his support to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, describing her as “exactly the right person for the job” as EPA catches up on the unfinished rules. He was giving her the Peter A.A. Berle Environmental Integrity Award, which is given out by the Century Foundation and several environmental advocacy groups.

In his speech, Reilly became the latest of several Republican-appointed administrators to mourn the disconnect between the nation’s environmental laws and the politics that surround EPA’s efforts to implement them. That has been a recurring problem since the agency’s creation in 1970, but it has become worse in recent years, said Bill Ruckelshaus, who was EPA’s first administrator under Richard Nixon and returned to the post during the Ronald Reagan years.

When it comes to the environment, the American people tend to be “ideological liberals and operational conservatives,” Ruckelshaus said last month at Harvard University during a conference that celebrated the agency’s 40th birthday.

IlikedAUH2O on January 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Since this thread has not got a troll:

Here is one shot at comments made by me and another conservative:

As for “President Obama and his administration are actively pursuing policies that make energy more expensive for consumers and businesses” I call BS. What energy? Nat Gas? It’s cheaper than coal. Solar/wind? Obama is the one supporting the subsidies so consumers can install these technologies cost-effectively. Oil? My money is in this. And I’m short.

Solyndra makes me yawn. And Volts are awesome. Compare their y1-y2 growth rate to the Toyota Prius, currently the darling of fuel efficiency aficionados. Oil price . com = yawn more. Boring. Any investment in any sector of the economy creates jobs.

You can’t grasp the big picture, not even a little bit. “

IlikedAUH2O on January 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Paging Richard Windsor…pick up the courtesy phone.

Philly on January 6, 2013 at 10:41 PM

…20,000 of the emails of “Richard Windsor” will be released on the 14th.

Resist We Much on January 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Fact or wishful thinking?

oldleprechaun on January 7, 2013 at 3:57 AM

Beautifully orchestrated. NY Post spackles expertly over the slime. She leaves seeminly all the more principled. Truth is her cover was blown. She became the devil, well potential felon we knew (about).
Now we’ll have to wait til the next “Richard Windsor” marxist mole is dug up.
The O makes Carter’s subversive behavior almost palpable. And makes Nixon’s crimes look like child’s play. His fifth column may be the end of this greatest of nations.

onomo on January 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

If Jackson felt her Windsor knot getting uncomfortably tight, her first survival instinct might be to preserve her eco-cred for some lefty think tank or “movement.” The pipeline story would do that, and help to obscure the actual scandal in the process.

Barnestormer on January 7, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Barnestormer on January 7, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Exactly right. She was forced out before the emails are released. This is a face-saving cover story and resume enhancer.

Mr. Arkadin on January 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Maybe dear leader sees some revenues he can grab if the pipeline is completed.
There are some eco nuts protesting in court the shipping of coal from Montana to China. They don’t like the mining of the coal, either.

Kissmygrits on January 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

…gullible, left wing fool.

pat on January 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

That is redundant.

woodNfish on January 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM