Environment NJ praises Obama’s choice of Jackson to head EPA

Environment New Jersey today issued a release praising President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Lisa Jackson to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Itrepresents a 180 degree turnaround for the United States on the environment," spokesman MattElliot said of the former dircector of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. "While President Bush has stifled new environmental protections and unraveled old ones, Lisa Jackson has for the past three years been working to make New Jersey a national leader on some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time."

Elliot cited Jackson's work on the Global Warming Response Act and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

"In October, Gov. Corzine finalized a fifteen year energy plan for the state that sets the strongest clean energy goals in the nation," said Elliot."Lisa Jackson was a leading voice making sure the governor’s energy plan put renewable energy and energy efficiency first, ensuring new power plants that rely on dirty technology like coal and natural gas take a back seat in New Jersey's energy future.

"As a result, New Jersey’s energy plan calls for New Jersey to meet 30 percentif its electricity needs with renewable energy by 2020, and to reduce total electric use in the state by 20 percentby 2020, though a massive statewide green jobs effort to make over 3.7 million homes and businesses more energy efficient," Elliot added.

Environment NJ praises Obama’s choice of Jackson to head EPA