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Good riddance, Lisa Jackson

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Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 8:04 p.m.

Lisa Jackson is an object lesson in the manifest dangers of Leviathanism.

Ms. Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is resigning in the new year. She took the reputation of the long-thuggish EPA to new lows, foisting new, damaging and ideologically based regulations on the nation, often by dictatorial fiat, with little transparency (think of her secret email accounts) and with no basis in science.

Jackson's mission never was to protect or to better the environment but to use environmental regulations to reorder, if not browbeat, American society into the service of the state through the creation of a national industrial policy that, as history has repeatedly shown, implodes under its own hubris.

Think of Jackson's mission to destroy the coal industry and coal-fired electric utilities while rewarding bogus “green” energy. Think of new vehicle mileage standards designed to reward other government cronies.

And Jackson's “legacy” might be even worse if a still-to-come EPA study of fracking in oil and natural gas extraction proves to be the hatchet job many expect it to be.

The massive-cost-to-little-benefits mantra of Jackson's EPA played no small role in retarding economic activity and, with the cudgel of punitive actions held ever high, it injected the kind of perpetual uncertainty that sends a loud and clear message of “Why bother?” to investors and entrepreneurs.

Here's to never seeing the likes of a Lisa Jackson at the EPA again. Sadly, however, we know we will.

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