#6 LISA JACKSON
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa Jackson has been working in government environmental regulation for more than 20 years and is now Obama's administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Under Jackson's watch, the EPA formally declared carbon dioxide and five other natural gases hazardous pollutants at the 2009 Global Warming Conference in Copenhagen, clearing the way for the federal government to regulate so-called greenhouse gases, raising energy prices, increasing tax rates, inhibiting job growth and over-regulating businesses with endless amounts of red tape. This overreach of government authority is now being justified in order to reduce pollutants that Jackson claims "endanger public health," enabling the EPA to regulate emissions from heavy machinery and factories. Jackson also helped implement the first-ever national emissions limit for vehicles in 2009.
In addition to making the regulation of greenhouse gases a top priority, Jackson has called on Congress to pass clean-energy and climate legislation. The EPA has called for the regulation of greenhouse gases to fall under the Clear Air Act, and Jackson has said that if Congress cannot pass legislation to regulate carbon use, the EPA will administratively take on the task, circumventing Congress and the electoral process altogether.
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