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

(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."

Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks during a ceremony in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
This photo April 17, 2012 file photo shows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson during an interview.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
In this June 15, 2011, file photo Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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