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Lisa Jackson, MS Biography

Former Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Burning natural gas for baseload power is like burning your antique furniture in the fireplace. There are so many other things you can use it for that are more constructive (including paints, fertilizer, plastics, antifreeze, dyes and medicines). The problem with moving the industry [electric power generation] to renewable resources, though, is that renewables aren’t cost-effective yet. But if we grow the industry right, then we can make sure we [the US] dominate the manufacture of renewable energy components…

I believe nuclear power does have a role in our future energy mix, but like most Americans I want to know where any nuclear waste is going to go before approving any new plants.”

“Q&A with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson,” St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 8, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Vice President, Environmental Initiatives, Apple, June 2013-present
  • Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Jan. 2009-June 2013
  • Chief of Staff, New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, Dec. 2008
  • Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2006-2008
  • Recipient, Cabinet Member of the Year, New Jersey Conference of Mayors, 2007
  • Assistant Commissioner for Land Use Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2005
  • Assistant Commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2002-2005
  • Former Chair, New Jersey Ozone Transport Commission
  • Former Vice Chair, Environmental Council, New Jersey Compliance Committee
  • Former Board Member, New Jersey Governor’s Intergovernmental Relations Commission
  • Employee, US Environmental Protection Agency, 1986-2002
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 1986
  • BS, summa cum laude, Tulane University, 1983
  • First African-American to serve as EPA Administrator
  • Born in Pennslyvania and raised in New Orleans, LA
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Implement a Carbon Cap and Trade System?