Lisa Jackson, today is the first day of the rest of your life

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson appeared to be shouldering a heavy burden as she faced hours of hostile questioning from newly empowered Republicans who are vowing to stop her agency in its tracks on new global warming regulations.

Though new Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton jokingly referred to her new “parking spot” at the Rayburn House Office Building (where the GOP plans to hold many hearings with Jackson as their star witness), the joke fell flat with Jackson, who seemed more than anything to want out.

For example, Rep. John Shimkus, Illinois Republican, asked Jackson point-blank if she believed in the economic precept of supply and demand.

“Do I believe in supply and demand?” she asked incredulously. The back-and-forth was one of many times Jackson restated the questions of her Republican tormentors for effect. Another lawmaker, freshman Rep. Mike Pompeo, Kansas Republican, later blasted Jackson for “making light” of Shimkus’s question.

Tuesday’s hearing was the first time Republicans have held court on the energy panel with Jackson as their witness since the GOP took power following the midterm elections on Nov. 2.

Upton and other Republicans have vowed to bring Jackson before the committee repeatedly.

In terms of substance, the hearing was mostly a rhetorical jousting match in which Republicans lobbed their best talking points at Jackson, who showed a penchant for feisty retorts as she explained complicated regulatory principles to GOP lawmakers, many of whom were freshman legislators in one of their first hearings.

In Jackson’s defense, the Republican inquisitors did show lapses of understanding of the complicated workings of new regulations Jackson is sprinting to finalize to combat global warming with an EPA-only approach.

For instance, Upton conflated the number of new EPA enforcement agents that will be needed with optimistic estimates about the number of private sector jobs in pollution control industries that would be created by new regulations as companies scramble to follow the rules.

“I don’t know what net increase in inspectors you’re speaking of,” said Jackson, “None of the jobs numbers are public sector employment.”

Chairman Upton got the last word, though, again referring in defiance of Jackson to new EPA inspectors as the locus of any job growth as a result of the regulations, perhaps a sign of who was boss at the Rayburn building.

Democrats meanwhile, took rhetorical shots at the GOP, for instance with Rep. Ed Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, comparing Republican legislation to rein in the EPA to George Orwell’s “1984” and blasting the “Republican thought police.”

The former chairman of the panel, Rep. Henry Waxman, also won a testy skirmish when Sen. James Inhofe was testifying.

  • ChickFight

    The EPA has NO Constitutional authority to make law. Their draconian legislation was shot down by Congress, so now they want unilateral authority to create onerous job killing regulations to ‘save us from ourselves’. Europe’s green scheme has brought ruin upon their economies and yet – the EPA presses ahead. And of course the batty Democrats fail to see the irony in calling Republicans ‘Orwellian’. The EPA is not about clean air and water, but income redistribution and socialism. They are economy pollution.

  • Sproing

    What’s the use. I wanted to post a reply trying to lay out the case against over reacting to yet another Eco-scare promoted by the apostles of the church of earthly salvation but thought to myself, “what’s the use?”. Those who are the followers of this pseudo-religion have long ago closed their ears and minds to any contravening evidence and will refute to their dying days that they leaders just might be a touch over-zealous in their preachings of Earth’s imminent destruction by man. After all man is obviously a scourge on the planet and should be banished back to the days of mud-huts and stone tools.

    Carbon Dioxide is a minor atmospheric gas upon which EVERY SINGLE plant eating animal depends for his or her very existence. Without it all plant life would die as it is at the very heart of photosynthesis upon which plant life depends. Without the plants we would die from a lack of the oxygen they give off as part of that carbon exchange cycle. Yet for all its importance to earthly existence it makes up less then .039% of our atmosphere. That’s less then 4/Th of 1% for those intimidated by numbers. You might be used to seeing it expressed as parts per million (ppm), so in that vein it’s 398 ppm. That would look something like this 398 out of 1,000,000,000 pieces.

    It gets its reputation as a green house gas from the fact that it can and does absorb and retain a portion of the heat generated by the sun’s rays. In that dept. also fall ozone, nitrous oxide, and methane as well as probably a number of others. I found the following information quite enlightening even though the major players mentioned all have an agenda and many have been somewhat discredited by the fallout from last years revelations of results fixing among many of these same scientists. In any case it’s a damning admission in so far as the threat of CO2. By the way, the following came from here:


    not exactly your local warming denier’s website.

    “This is a serious miscalculation. Data published by Dr. James Hansen and others show that CO2 emissions are not the main cause of observed atmospheric warming. Though this may sound like the work of global warming skeptics, it isn’t: Hansen is Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies who has been called “a grandfather of the global warming theory.” He is a longtime supporter of action against global warming, cited by Al Gore and often quoted by environmental organizations, who has argued against skeptics for subverting the scientific process. His results are generally accepted by global warming experts, including bigwigs like Dr. James McCarthy, co-chair of the International Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II.

    The focus solely on CO2 is fueled in part by misconceptions. It’s true that human activity produces vastly more CO2 than all other greenhouse gases put together. However, this does not mean it is responsible for most of the earth’s warming. Many other greenhouse gases trap heat far more powerfully than CO2, some of them tens of thousands of times more powerfully. When taking into account various gases’ global warming potential—defined as the amount of actual warming a gas will produce over the next one hundred years—it turns out that gases other than CO2 make up most of the global warming problem.

    Even this overstates the effect of CO2, because the primary sources of these emissions—cars and power plants—also produce aerosols. Aerosols actually have a cooling effect on global temperatures, and the magnitude of this cooling approximately cancels out the warming effect of CO2. The surprising result is that sources of CO2 emissions are having roughly zero effect on global temperatures in the near-term! “

    • kingfish

      Good post! It’s the sun that’s reeking havoc, not CO2. And if there’s pollution, it’s caused by big corporations who have NOT had to clean up their messes because Congress and the EPA are “bought off” and refuse to make them – another scam on the people. The EPA is too busy attacking FARMERS and closing down energy plants (to increase your fuel prices) rather than look at big business pollution.

      • SuperTalk

        We know where you live. We are taking pictures of you. We are tapping your phones…

        …plus floridating your water substantially and making a new movie where we land Elvis on the Moon, but it’s not a movie… it’s really Elvis and we are really sending him to land on the moon.

      • SuperTalk


        We know where you live. We are taking pictures of you. We are tapping your phones…

        …plus floridating your water substantially and making a new movie where we land Elvis on the Moon, but it’s not a movie… it’s really Elvis and we are really sending him to land on the moon.