My letter to EPA Adminstrator Lisa Jackson and her response
Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 09:42 PM
In February 2009, I sent a letter expressing my support to the administrator of the EPA, Lisa P. Jackson. Here is the letter I sent:
Dear Administrator Jackson,
I am the Student Congress and National Honor Society president at Bergenfield High School in Bergenfield, N.J. As I come from your home state of New Jersey, I am greatly humbled to have you as our new administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Your accomplishments as commissioner of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection will certainly have continued successes as you have taken the helm of our nation’s EPA. I am confident that in the coming weeks you will make the most appropriate actions regarding the California waiver and regulation of carbon dioxide emissions as per the Clear Air Act. Not taking serious action would be detrimental to society, America’s political image and science. I am pleased that you have swiftly revisited these matters already, which have been neglected under the previous administration. My generation will now finally see an EPA that will help combat climate change and other issues. A planet that is in peril needs governmental officials like yourself. Under the guidance of your agency and President Obama’s administration, Americans like myself look forward to the agency’s renewed sense of commitment in protecting the nation’s environment under your leadership for years to come.
Charles S. Ferrer
On April 14, I received a letter addressed from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Instantly, I became humbled to have received a response from Lisa Jackson. Here is her reponse letter to me:
Thank you for your letter and for your kind words of support. I appreciate hearing from young people like you who take an active interest in the future of our environment.
I am priviledged to lead an agency made up of more than 18,000 professionals across the country who are committed to protecting the American people and the places where they live, work, and play. We are striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, manage chemical risks, clean up hazardous-waste sites, and protect America's water. I hope that you will take the time to learn about these and other important EPA initiatives on our Web site, www.epa.gov
For 39 years, EPA employees across the country have worked to create a better future for all Americans. With the help of citizens like you, we have been able to protect the land, make our air healthier, and ensure cleaner water across the county.
Again, thank you for writing. President Obama has said that protecting the environment is not just a challenge, it's an opportunity -- an opportunity for all of us to help ensure our nation's healthy and productive future.
Lisa P. Jackson
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