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Lisa Jackson
A list of potential replacements is already circulating

The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa Jackson, has announced this week that she will step down from her position. The move comes after Jackson has fought hard against Washington politicians and lobbyists.

Jackson fought significant pushback from Republican lawmakers opposed to her efforts to fight climate change reports Reuters. She was also brought in front of Congress for multiple hearings during her tenure, and even fought dissension within the EPA.

President Obama thanked Jackson for her service and praised her work on several causes including assistance in setting up new fuel economy standards in the United States.

"Under her leadership, the EPA has taken sensible and important steps to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink," Obama said in a statement.

Jackson said in a statement she was "confident the (EPA) ship is sailing in the right direction."

Jackson is expected to step down from her cabinet position after President Obama delivers his State of the Union address in early 2013.

Source: Reuters

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By FITCamaro on 12/28/2012 11:15:51 AM , Rating: 3
So right now we don't have clean air or water? And we didn't 5 or 10 years ago either?

Yeah we just constantly need more and more oppressive regulations. The economy and people's lives and property be damned. We're greedy capitalist pigs who need to be shown the way of the light right?

By Motoman on 12/28/2012 12:21:31 PM , Rating: 3
There have to be reasonable regulations - otherwise we'd have raw sewage still being pumped in to our waterways, along with untreated manufacturing byproducts and so on and so forth.

But the EPA really has started nuking the fridge lately, with BS like E15 and whatnot, and a 4-gallon purchase minimum, etc.

We need to smack the BS out of the EPA, but retain the portions that are actually reasonable.

By Mint on 12/29/2012 7:29:50 PM , Rating: 2
If Mick wrote articles with the purpose of informing instead of pushing his agenda, you wouldn't be so against E15.

E15 is not a mandate. It's simply a certification for another fuel option. Corn ethanol is no longer getting subsidies, either, and while I don't support its use, I don't see a need to ban it either. The 4-gallon minimum is only going to stop stations from offering it, so I don't see why you care.

By Motoman on 12/30/2012 7:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
You're catastrophically wrong.

Imagine you ride a motorcycle. Or a scooter...or you're just trying to fill your 2.5 gallon gas can for your lawn mower.

Blender pumps, which is what pretty much everyone is putting in these days, retain a lot of fuel in the hose system after the last purchase. If the person behind you bought E15, and you're trying to put just a couple gallons in your motorcycle, you'll never get the 93-octane premium you paid'll get 2 gallons of E15. Which will destroy your motorcycle motor. Or scooter, or lawnmower, or whatever.

The 4-gallon minimum is the EPA "fixing" that problem by mandating, Marie Antoinette-like, that the people shall eat at least 4 gallons at a time, to dilute whatever was left in the hose system.

The problem being, of course, that the motorcycles, scooters, gas cans for lawn equipment, etc. are frequently not going to be able to accommodate a 4 gallon purchase.

Ergo, the simple act of letting E15 into the market guarantees blown motors. It's very existence is an act of abject stupidity...and the 4-gallon minimum is just another expression of that bottomless idiocy.

By JediJeb on 12/31/2012 11:59:23 AM , Rating: 2
And if someone only has $4 to put gas in their scooter how will they be able to do that with a 4 gallon minimum purchase? I haven't figured that one out yet.

By Motoman on 1/1/2013 12:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
They can't. Even if they wanted to, it's a physical impossibility.

This is why the E15 thing, especially when considered with blender pumps, is so maniacally retarded.

The gas tank on a scooter frequently holds about a gallon. Many motorcycles have gas tanks that are well under 4 gallons. And if the person ahead of you bought E15 (or E85), that's what you're going to get in your scooter or motorcycle.

...which, in time, will blow up, because you've been running too much ethanol through it. And who's going to foot the bill for repairs? The manufacturer is off the hook - they specified no ethanol over 10%. Is the EPA going to pay for all these repairs, because it was their policy that guaranteed widespread engine destruction?

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