EPA Chief Who Pushed for New Fuel-Efficiency Standards Steps Down


  • Lisa Jackson Picture

    Lisa Jackson Picture

    EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is stepping down from her post. | December 28, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, one of the key architects of tougher new fuel-efficiency standards, is stepping down from her post.
  • President Obama said in a statement that Jackson played "a key role in establishing historic fuel economy standards that will save the average American family thousands of dollars at the pump."
  • In August, the Obama administration announced strict new vehicle fuel-efficiency standards requiring that the U.S. auto fleet average 54.5 mpg by 2025.

WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, one of the key architects of tougher new fuel-efficiency standards, is stepping down from her post.

President Obama said in a statement that Jackson played "a key role in establishing historic fuel economy standards that will save the average American family thousands of dollars at the pump."

In August, the Obama administration announced strict new vehicle fuel-efficiency standards requiring that the U.S. auto fleet average 54.5 mpg by 2025. The new rules will significantly cut U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by the time they are fully implemented, according to the EPA.

"I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference," said Jackson in a statement.

The EPA said on its Web site that Jackson will leave the administration after President Obama's State of the Union address early next year. Politico.com described her tenure at the helm of the EPA as "roller coaster" and noted "she also leaves with the Obama administration having yet to aggressively address climate change."

A nominee has not yet been named to replace Jackson.

Edmunds says: The new fuel-efficiency standards promoted by Lisa Jackson have been widely described as "uncontroversial," even though political observers note she faced tremendous opposition in her four years at the EPA on many other issues.

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