WH Power: Daley departure a victory for EPA

“I want you to know that you’ve got a President who is grateful for your work and will stand with you every inch of the way as you carry out your mission to make sure that we’ve got a cleaner world.” 

~Barack Obama

“What are the health impacts of unemployment?”

~Out-going Chief of Staff, Bill Daley

Joel Gehrke
The Washington Examiner
1/11/2012

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson is having a good week in White House politics, as a major obstacle to her regulatory powers resigned as President Obama’s chief of staff, and then the president held an EPA pep rally the next day assuring Jackson of his commitment to her agenda.

Bill Daley, Obama’s outgoing chief of staff, temporarily canned EPA coal emissions regulations in 2010 because they would damage the economy. “What are the health impacts of unemployment?” he said while arguing against the Utility MACT rule.

Jackson considered resigning when her new regulations were trumped by Daley’s concerns about their potential to destroy jobs. A former EPA administrator, Carol Browner, had already resigned as a White House environmental policy adviser before Daley eliminated her position.

Daley apparently lost the internecine conflict over the new regulation in December, when Jackson announced the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) at a children’s hospital in December, despite growing opposition from Republicans and reports that the EPA hid the damage that the new rule could inflict on the electric grid…

The article continues at The Washington Examiner.

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