EPA Chief on Daily Show

By far the best line from last week’s Daily Show with EPA chief administrator, Lisa Jackson was when she said:

We have to remind the American people that environmentalism isn’t a spectator sport. You actually have to stand up and demand that we be vigilant in protecting our air and water.

After the audience clapped their approval, Stewart responded, “people enjoy air and water, apparently.”

Jackson asked Stewart what would persuade him to fight for clean air and water? His answer, A feeling.”

Ha! But will it get the job done? I think not.

The Clean Air Act has prevented hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, millions of asthma attacks, and tens of millions of child respiratory illnesses. It has protected the air, water, our children and our families for forty years. The Clean Air Act is under attack in ways that could dilute, delay and even ditch the EPAs ability to update and enforce air pollution standards.

Watch this Daily Show clip, then please answer the question below:

The Environmental Defense Fund’s, Dominique Browning, and Earthjustice’s, Sam Edmondson gave their thoughtful accounts of the episode here and here.

We all need the EPA to continue to do its job in keeping the land, water and air clean. Want to help build a movement that stands up for clean air and protects our health now and for the future? Here’s a chance to get involved online and brainstorm ideas. Come chat with the Moms Clean Air Force and give suggestions about how to rally folks to protect clean air and safeguard our health. You are all invited here. I’ll be there, and I hope you will join me.

What would be the most powerful motivation to get you to support the EPA’s efforts to clean up the water and air?


Gayle J.
Gayle, J7 years ago

Too bad Ms. Jackson doesn't think fracking destroys peoples' water supplies. With her at the helm, I don't hold out much hope for the environment. Another really bad Obama appointee.

Mary M.
mary ,monell7 years ago

I would be motivated to help the EPA if I thought they were serious about making some progress and not just expressing more political rhetoric. I would like to see some action and progress.

Rand Martin
Rand Martin7 years ago

I worked in the oil field many years ago and fracking can damage water supplies. She is a smart women and she will figure it out. I enjoyed her on the show and again on the video. Thanx.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers7 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jane H.
Jane H7 years ago

My take on Lise Jackson is that she has been great!! They are improving fracking I have read.

myra dolgoy
myra d7 years ago

What makes the ceo's think that when there's no more clean air or water their money will somehow provide for them. Gone is gone. Why don't they get it?

Ronnie Citron-Fink

Yes, I totally agree with you about the fracking issue. She is WRONG on fracking. I wrote the Daily Show post a last week after the show, before her fracking bombshell. Here's my take on fracking: http://www.econesting.com/2011/04/20/freaked-about-fracking/
The point of the post above is still that the Clean Air Act is in danger of being gutted, and I feel strongly that we all need to protect the air we breathe.

Liz Amason
Liz Amason7 years ago

Yet, Lisa Jackson is confused about fracking and our water supply:

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda7 years ago

The issue that really got the fossil fuel lobby going is the issue of limiting the amount of Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gases. For that reason alone they want to shut down the EPA.

Marie W.
Marie W7 years ago

I wonder about this woman- she said fracking has no effect???