With a presidential election looming, EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson is hoping for Obama's support as she prepares new regulations on smog, mercury, carbon dioxide, mining waste, and vehicle emissions. The Supreme Court just validated the power of the Agency to control emissions and pollution. According to Jackson, "The only thing worse than no EPA is an EPA that exists and doesn't do its job."
We can only hope the EPA will hold onto its charter as protector of the environment and human health, and put in place stricter laws to preserve wild spaces and stem pollution that is contributing to climate change. It is looking like these decisions are imminent, and will lead to much public outcry over job losses and negative affects on the economy.
The reality is that if these difficult decisions are not made and put into law, mankind will face a very difficult if not insurmountable road ahead in light of climate change and our impact on the planet. Sure, some jobs may be lost as manufacturing and energy plants will be forced to close due to new environmental regulations. But new jobs will come through the creation of a renewable energy infrastructure. This is no time for corporate greed and the protection of wealthy polluters masked under the cloak of job protection and looking out for the working class. And someone has to be the bad guy, Ms. Jackson. We are in your corner.