E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority

E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority

By ; Published: December 27, 2012

Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a four-year tenure that began with high hopes of sweeping action to address climate change and other environmental ills but ended with a series of rear-guard actions to defend the agency against challenges from industry, Republicans in Congress and, at times, the Obama White House.

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Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

 Ms. Jackson, 50, told President Obama shortly after his re-election in November that she wanted to leave the administration early next year. She informed the E.P.A. staff of her decision on Thursday morning and issued a brief statement saying that she was confident “the ship is sailing in the right direction.” Continue reading “E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority”