Almost lost amid the over-done Kabuki in Washington, D.C. recently was news that Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is stepping down. An Obama loyalist, Jackson has been at the tip of the spear in implementing the President’s war on coal, his obstruction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and countless other regulatory and administrative control measures that choke economic development while appeasing a major constituency of the left, radical environmentalists.
With many other members of President Obama’s cabinet wrapping up their service as his second term begins it would be easy to assume that Ms. Jackson is doing the same. However, we can’t help but wonder if Ms. Jackson is being forced out for using a private e-mail account under the alias “Richard Windsor” to conduct official business. After being sued to release the e-mails, the Justice Department has agreed to release over 12,000 e-mails at a rate of 3,000 per month beginning on January 14th.
Secret e-mail account? An alias? What sorts of things was Ms. Jackson corresponding about that couldn’t be done via an official epa.gov e-mail address? Did she mistakenly believe that the President had named her Director of Central Intelligence instead of Environmental Protection?
Rightfully so, this matter is being investigated by the House of Representatives through the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Right here in Colorado, a coal state that’s been impacted by Ms. Jackson’s actions, our congressional delegation on both sides has been silent on the rather glaring dodge of public scrutiny displayed by Lisa Jackson and the agency she leads. Perhaps as these e-mails begin trickling out, they will take notice.