In a Town Hall meeting at the UW Fisheries building Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 25, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson told a packed auditorium that President Barack Obama’s push for green jobs and protecting the environment can also help rebuild the economy.
“There are plenty of win-win-win solutions — good ones for our planet, our country, our economy,” said Jackson, who holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane and a master’s in chemical engineering from Princeton.
Jackson reiterated the Obama administration’s commitment to reviving the economy, saying American energy sources such as natural gas are crucial. “Natural gas is here now, while alternative energy sources are still developing,” Jackson said. She added that the two are complementary, but that in developing them, no sacrifices of human health should be made.
Repeating what Obama said in his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, Jackson said America “can’t create an economy built to last by putting our nation in a race to the bottom, a race for the weakest health protections and the most loopholes in our environmental policies.”