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Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizons 126 person crew after an explosion and fire caused the crew to evacuate.
Republican presidential candidates have made the Environmental Protection Agency target number one for their budget axe. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is here with the skinny on that and what’s up here in California.
It’s also the two year anniversary of the BP oil spill, when the “Deepwater Horizon” drilling platform exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11, injuring 17, and eventually spewing 210,000,000 gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
Patt asks Administrator Jackson about the next iteration of the Clean Air Act, which would have set stricter ozone air quality standards for the nation, and which President Obama asked the EPA to stop pursuing this past fall. Environmentalists are now pushing for the stricter rule to be implemented in 2013, when it will be reconsidered as part of a five-year review. With Earth Day just two days away, join Patt as she clears the air with the head of the EPA, Lisa P. Jackson.
Should the EPA crack down harder on industrial pollution even if it hinders economic growth? And what will you do to celebrate Earth Day this weekend?
Lisa Jackson, administrator, Environmental Protection Agency