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EPA chief says administration plans further steps to combat climate change

By David Abel
The Boston Globe
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson says the Obama administration plans to take further action to combat climate change. She said the administration plans to further exploit natural gas while also investing in renewable energy, has provided the necessary permits to facilitate offshore wind projects, and lauded Massachusetts for taking a leading role in trying to reduce the dangerous greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson says the Obama administration plans to take further action to combat climate change.

She said the administration plans to further exploit natural gas while also investing in renewable energy, has provided the necessary permits to facilitate offshore wind projects, and lauded Massachusetts for taking a leading role in trying to reduce the dangerous greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere.

“This administration hasn’t backed away from the need to address climate change, carbon pollution, and other forms of pollution, even as we’ve been growing our economy and trying to add jobs,” she said. “That means recognizing early on in this administration that there was real opportunity in making our cars and trucks more efficient, and it has now contributed to us being able to really lower our dependence on foreign oil supplies.”

She said the EPA expects to cut billions of tons of carbon pollution as the result of new fuel economy standards.

In an interview with a Globe reporter after addressing a sustainability conference organized by Boston-based Ceres Coalition at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel on Thursday, Jackson also said she is not concerned that a new Congress or a future president would seek to close her agency, as some Republicans have called for.

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