EPA Boss Quit Over Keystone XL
Lisa Jackson left post because Obama is changing his position: insider
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 7:44 AM CST
Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks during a ceremony in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Here's the latest on the eco-drama going on in DC: Lisa Jackson, who last week left her post as the head of the EPA, apparently stepped down because President Obama is now planning to change course and throw his support behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, reports the New York Post. It talks to an insider who says she originally planned to stay on through the majority of 2013, but decided she "will not be the EPA head when Obama supports" the pipeline—which Jackson reportedly told sources could happen as soon as March.

Foes of the pipeline maintain that the process of extracting oil from Canada's tar sands will generate more greenhouse gas emissions than the production of conventional oil does. Jackson herself didn't give a political reason for resigning, and her rep continues to insist Jackson is just seeking new opportunities and more family time: "The idea that her decision was made based on anything else is entirely false."

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gomer99
Jan 2, 2013 1:47 PM CST
Hey....... Obama supported the pipeline all along. He is just a lying POS that needed the tree huggers for the election. Why is anyone surprised ?
right2dave
Jan 2, 2013 11:02 AM CST
Greenhouse gas emissions? China and India emit more pollution in week than the US does in a year. As these other economies grow we kill ours so that we feel better about ourselves. What a bunch of liberal suckers.
FrankSlide
Jan 2, 2013 10:57 AM CST
To sum it up in one sentence: This northern leg of Keystone xl will lower WTI price (Western Canada Select is trading at over $30 discount to WTI), provide Gulf Coast refineries with a stable supply of the quality of oil that Hugo Chavez wants to redirect to China, provide construction employment for 1000s, pay tax revenues to the various states it crosses (ie Montana expects $63 million in taxes from its 281 mile stretch -equating to 1800 jobs at the average household income of $35 thousand in that state), provide US oil companies with opportunities they don't have in countries where the oil production is state owned, provide investment, financing, insuring, employment, supply and contracting opportunites for US individuals and companies who wish to contribute to the $40 billion dollar investment required (500 thousand bbl/day at $80 thousand per bbl) to produce the oil to fill the line, and provide a source of oil that no US soldier has ever died trying to secure.