Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Apple’s Lisa Jackson says the EPA hasn’t changed, leadership has changed
Apple’s Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson has a lot to say about the Environmental Protection Agency. She served as the administrator of the EPA during Obama’s first term, and she now thinks Donald Trump’s administration is causing a great threat to the agency.
“The Environmental Protection Agency is, to me, an extension of the Department of Defense,” she said. “It protects something really important in this country, which is a huge competitive advantage. We have clean air to breathe, water to drink and land to develop and build on.”
“And I just have to say the EPA hasn’t changed. There’s a leadership change, which is beyond politics in my mind. The EPA has been run by Democrats, by Republicans, but has never, in its history that is 40+ years old, been run by someone who seems to be determined to do the one thing that could destroy its credibility, which is not making it transparent.”
Lisa Jackson stepped down from her role as EPA chief in 2012, in the middle of the “Richard Windsor” scandal, when it was discovered she was using the alias Richard Windsor in some EPA email correspondence. Lisa Jackson, who now works for Apple Computers, denies that she used the alias to try to circumvent Federal record keeping laws.