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Jumping Jackson

US Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson, who has been at the centre of a growing scandal over allegations that she used a pseudonymous email account to avoid public oversight, has resigned from her post.

The Mail makes explicit the link between her standing down and Chris Horner's ongoing litigation, which is expected to force the emails into the public over the next few weeks. The story in the Guardian is rather different:

Jackson's departure had been anticipated as part of the usual changeover for a second term. But the last four years were tumultuous.

The split is interesting. Saying that Jackson's jumping was "anticipated" is spin rather than straight reporting. Back in November, nobody was saying one way or the other (see for example here):

Sources close to the Obama campaign were split on whether Jackson will stay for another term. Practically speaking, getting a new EPA administrator confirmed in another Obama term would be a Herculean task. Bob Perciasepe, the agency’s deputy administrator and chief operating officer, is widely rumored to be a top choice to move up if Jackson leaves.

I can't find anything firm to suggest that opinion had hardened against her since. So, let's just say that Obama's decision was probably made a little easier by the decision that the secret email account had to see the light of day.


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Yeah, the mails will be interesting, but of course Jackson won't be held to account.

She should be. I've got $10 that says the sooper-sekret emails are full of collusion with notorious greenie orgs, both arranging to sue the EPA do do what they want to anyway, and about the war on coal. Bonus would be data manipulation, but those probably won't see the light of day.

Which everybody knew anyway, but as the lawyers like to say "It doesn't matter what you know, what matters is what you can prove."

Dec 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM | Unregistered Commentermojo

Welcome back Your Grace!

It would have been nice to know if Obama had been on her Christmas email list but I imagine he can press the "Nuke it" switch and magic them away in the national interest.

Dec 28, 2012 at 8:46 PM | Registered CommenterDung

The emails could be merely embarrassing or contain a smoking gun involving some kind of criminality. If the latter, she's leaving to stay one step ahead of the posse.

It's also possible she was invited to leave. The deputy rumored to be replacing her was probably the one running the department, anyway. He's green nitpicking bureaucrat with many years experience in government and environmental NGOs. A career greenie, you might say.

Dec 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

Secret email accounts from just one of O'Bumble's minions. Imagine the 10's of thousands of others out there. Let's sic the Chinese Hackers on them, as the US Press happens to be the other side of the email chain. When everything this Administration does is compatible with what "the other side" would do, when will someone stand up and say "O'Bumbles is on the other side."

Dec 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM | Unregistered Commenterdfbaskwill

Oddly the Guardian showed no interest at all in Jackson use of a different e-mail name to avoid public investigation , which is strange given they claim to be so hot on this type of thing and you have to wonder if they would have been more interested if this person had pushing something they did not approve off.

Dec 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterKnR

Back in the Clinton days, it was a kind of parlor game to play variations of "if a Republican had even tried doing that ..."; as in, "if a Republican administration had even tried pulling the personal FBI files of staffers working for the previous Democrat president," or, "if credible evidence arose that a Republican president had brutally raped a woman ..."

The rejoinder, of course, goes without saying: "...that Republican not only would be impeached, he'd be behind bars." And indeed Clinton was impeached, though the sale of rocket technology to the Chinese and the commingling Teamster funds with the Democratic National Committee both were far worse offenses than getting fellated by an intern.

Dec 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterJBirks

"I can't find anything firm to suggest that opinion had hardened against her since. So, let's just say that Obama's decision was probably made a little easier by the decision that the secret email account had to see the light of day."

You are cleverer than than that. Basic politics says she has done her job and now can you dump her - take one for the team. The new candidate will receive a "shit storm" from the house, but it is too late!

Dec 29, 2012 at 2:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

Carol Browner is probably the replacement ...Not much "hope for change" here.

Dec 29, 2012 at 2:29 AM | Unregistered Commenterwilbert

Carol Browner is probably the replacement ...Not much "hope for change" here.

Ah, no. Browner should already have a congressional subpoena coming her way. Confirmation would be impossible, but funny as hell.

Dec 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM | Unregistered Commenterintrepid_wanders

A highly intelligent lady, with a good scientific background, with a hive of conflicting ideas and driven out by the Chicago kid - no doubt.

Dec 29, 2012 at 8:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

"Saying that Jackson's jumping was "anticipated" is spin rather than straight reporting."

The Met Office's climate model was said to have "predicted" the past 15 years of no global warming - after the event - because the flat temperature was within its range prediction error,

Dec 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM | Registered CommenterMartin A

She's jumped ship... (rodents do come to mind) - the lady is what we call a quango queen... and it would seem, not a particularly competent one (are any of them?).

The lady has a well developed taste for intrigue and decidedly antidemocratic activity. She presided over a number of gagging orders on disaffected minions and epic bouts of whitewashing. Her record in her previous post had the eco-zealots positively spitting feathers see here After a stint at Shell, it would seem that most/all of her work has been as a public employee at the politically correct end of self promotion.

She invoked executive privilege to block her work attendance record.
She has supressed an assortment of inconvenient scientific reports.
She pushed through numerous arbitrary "rules" which only had very tenuous mandate in law - relying on procedural blackmail to attempt the imposition of compliance.

In short, she seems to be the epitomy of high handed, self regarding, politically ambitious bureaucrat. Quite bizarrely though, Ms. Jackson has been publicly supportive of non conventional gas exploration and production - whilst simultaneously appointing conniving creeps like Al Armendiraz to attack the projects with bureaucratic ambushes... There's contradictions littered all over the shop in all this which require resolving :-)

I suspect that the shredders are a 'buzzin at the EPA. Although the release of 12,000 emails "to/from her pet dog" at a rate of 3000 per week apparently starting 14th Jan 2013 might have her and her cronies getting a bit squeaky-bum.

Meanwhile, back here in the UK our own Environment Agency who transparently aspire to the heights of EPA-dom tell us via the state broadcaster :

The exact course that the UK's climate will take is still uncertain, and scientists say we need more powerful computers and better climate models to improve how we predict our future weather.

Despite this, the Environment Agency is starting to prepare for a change in our weather patterns.

It really is time for a bonfire of the quangos

Dec 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM | Registered Commentertomo

"To lose one senior advisor (RIce), Mr Obama, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two (Jackson) looks like carelessness."

Dec 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

Dec 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM | tomo

With the imminent separation of the Welsh region of the EA we will soon have four separate Environment bodies in the UK; opportunities for eco-nuts to make their mark have never been greater. As usual with these kinds of bodies, there are some good people in there doing beneficial things at the sharp end (my work brings me into contact with some of them); it's the policy makers that are the ones to watch.

Dec 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveS

"As usual with these kinds of bodies, there are some good people in there doing beneficial things at the sharp end (my work brings me into contact with some of them); it's the policy makers that are the ones to watch."

"Policy makers": negate and therefore all the 'good work' is undone.

Moreover, this is the reason the whole edifice [EA and indeed the EPA in the States] needs deconstructing, because it is hopelessly compromised and duplicates jobs and is full of climate change bent lunatics who will brook no interference - in prosecuting their driven agenda.

Dec 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.


I too deal with the footsoldiers of the English EA (mostly ex NRA folk) and concur that the entire organisation isn't entirely rotten.

What I can say is - in the non-job stakes in (comfortably overstuffed and over-rewarded) middle and upper officialdom they're right up there. I think we have a reasonable expectation of a certain level of competence and honesty and we are being comprehensively disappointed in that expectation. The U.K. doesn't have a monopoly of arbitrary,self aggrandising, aggressively blithering jobsworths but it's one of the fields we are surely world leaders in. Process and status is everything, delivery doesn't even make it onto the agenda. If you can't make it - fake it - what are the legions of in-house PR folk for?

I've had to watch a government department hose £600,000++ on trying to impose an willful irrational outcome on a £160 water licence over 3 years and know of several other similar situations. They have failed to do heir jobs properly (wild understatement) and now have had to bring in the external consultant "Fire Brigade" to do what they failed to do in the first place - so the taxpayer gets double-tapped for a second hefty bill - something people visiting BH are quite familiar with I think - in the UEA scandal.

In a large organisation, some political maneuvering is inevitable - but the complete absence of any actual accountability or consequences for folk perpetrating repeated and serious failures just isn't on. The procession of failed clowns waddling off from public institutions with their pockets brimming with gold or given "gardening leave" also has to be stopped.

We all make mistakes - but to repeatedly screw up and be rewarded every time? The ecosystem of public servants badly needs to be adjusted with the addition of a few predators or a cull.

Dec 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterTomO

Will the bonfire of the quangos cause global warming? The public must know...

Dec 29, 2012 at 9:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

I think Chris Horner did a great job with this.

Dec 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM | Registered Commentershub

I suppose it's possible that she was frustrated by Obama's failure to grasp the "essential goodness" of imposing carbon taxes.

I think too much is being made of this departure. Second terms always bring a shuffle of cabinet heads, some regimes more than others. A lot of it may be driven by the discovery that FAR more money can be made outside the government.

It might be worthwhile to consider that goofy policies not enforced can assuage their promoters and simultaneously do no damage. Only real problem is getting the word down the ranks that although there is a policy that CO2 for example is a "pollutant" no-one is to initiate any action on that basis alone.

Here in the colonies we have to maintain our pluralities by giving lip service to some of the most obvious nonsense. Doesn't it work the same in the UK, or can your politicians be trusted to always say what they believe?

Dec 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM | Registered Commenterjferguson

jferguson. No of course not. But what do they believe ? My MP can't tell the difference between a string quartet and a string vest. He thinks Muffin the Mule is an illegal sex act and that Canaletto is a pasta dish.

Most of them are bloody idiots but good at finding renumerative jobs that affect the world we all have to live in.

What to do ? I have no idea.

Dec 29, 2012 at 11:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Crawford

Two questions:

(1) Does the FOI case regarding said emails still proceed despite Jackson's termination of office/tenure?

(2) Does the US President still have the power to issue full Presidential Pardons before he leaves office as, for example, Gerald Ford did for Richard Nixon?

Dec 30, 2012 at 1:13 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

She should have stuck with playing drums.

The Blues ain't nothing but a woman. Helen Humes, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Jump Jackson.

Dec 30, 2012 at 1:54 AM | Registered CommenterHector Pascal

Horner's tweeting about some very interesting emails. Despite this being known, looking for oneself at EPA inside emails written to and by 'Richard Windsor' leaves you with the feeling - 'this is not right'.

Dec 30, 2012 at 2:06 AM | Registered Commentershub

michael hart

(1) I can't see why not - people still "in post" will be in there.

(2) I'd be astounded if it weren't the case - didn't Bill Clinton pardon a bunch of folk?

IF (big if) there is evidence of highly inappropriate / criminal behavior we run into the problem of who's going to prosecute. I've a big pile of stuff detailing wholesale English Environment Agency malfeasance. The police took the reassurances of the perpetrators without investigating and the responsible CPS public prosecutors actually physically share desk space with EA prosecution lawyers - go figure.

The EPA have deliberately trod on a lot of toes (Al Armendiraz spectacularly so) for political / ideological reasons - however it's inevitably going to be played as "nasty, polluting Republicans" going after honest, saintly defenders of Bambi. That is - unless the amazing typing canine has been really misbehaving and less than discreet - in which case Bazza might well have to use the pardon...

On balance, I think for a variety of reasons Ms. Jackson will end up getting a hefty political reward as some kind of bigwig pol in New Jersey - governor/senator or somesuch. I hope I'm wrong.

edit: toddles off reluctantly to Twitter to look at Horner stuff, popcorn in microwave.

Dec 30, 2012 at 2:22 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Is it not possible that the emails are a long litany of the whining (whinging?) of an intelligent person caught in an untenable situation where those things which she might want done are constrained for reasons from on high or conversely that she is driven to do things with which she disagrees?

She certainly wouldn't let her hair down on the official channel, but might via a back channel.

If her thoughts are as I suspect, and the Richard Windsor files under examination, her embarrassment could be sufficient to require her to beat a retreat, hasty or otherwise.

I've seen nothing to suggest that a president does not continue to have the power of the pardon which actually can be exercised at any time in his presidency, but more visibly at the end of his term(s) when a few controversial types may be sprung.

The FOI inquiry might or might not continue following her departure. It's hard to believe that its pursuit isn't at the discretion of the Attorney General, although I have no certain knowledge of this. My guess is that it will be dropped - a guess mind you, only a guess.

Dec 30, 2012 at 2:42 AM | Registered Commenterjferguson

Chris Horner has some interesting tweets on the scandal, and notes that Jackson's deputy and others copied on "Richard Windsor" emails are mostly unlikely to be nominated to succeed her (presumably since there would be serious difficulties in the confirmation hearings):

[Tom Nelson on Horner's tweets and the EPA scandal]:

US EPA scandal

Dec 30, 2012 at 3:18 AM | Registered CommenterSkiphil

Ms. Jackson a paradox. I always link to the YouTube vid of her stating that there have been no know cases of water pollution in the USA from fracking, when encountering the usual Greenie lies about it.

It really is time for a bonfire of the quangos
Dec 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM | tomo

These, for starters...

The Adjudication Panel for Wales
The Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee
The Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council
The Advisory Board on the Registration of Homoeopathic Products
The Advisory Committee for Disabled People in Employment and Training
The Advisory Committee for the Public Lending Right
The Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs
The Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances
The Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment
The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments
The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards
The Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
The Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection
The Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites
Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace in England and Wales
The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food
The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes
The Advisory Committee on Organic Standards
The Advisory Committee on Overseas Economic and Social Research
The Advisory Committee on Packaging
The Advisory Committee on Pesticides
The Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment
The Advisory Committee on Statute Law
The Advisory Committee on Telecommunications for the Disabled and Elderly
The Advisory Council on Historical Manuscripts
The Advisory Council on Libraries
The Advisory Council on National Records and Archives
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
The Advisory Council on Public Records
The Advisory Group on Hepatitis
The Advisory Group on Military Medicine
The Advisory Panel on Beacon Councils
The Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate
The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information
An Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committee
An Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales
An Agricultural Wages Committee
The Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
The Air Quality Expert Group
The Airborne Particles Expert Group
The All-Wales Medicines Strategy Group
The Animal Procedures Committee
The Architects Registration Board
The Armed Forces Pay Review Body
The Arts and Humanities Research Council
The Arts Council of England
The Arts Council of Wales
The Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England
The Auditor General for Wales
The Better Regulation Task Force
The Big Lottery Fund
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
The Board of the Pension Protection Fund
The Britain-Russia Centre and East-West Centre
The British Council
The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency
The British Hallmarking Council
The British Library
The British Museum
The British Pharmacopoeia Commission
The British Railways Board
British Shipbuilders
The British Tourist Authority
The British Transport Police Authority
The British Wool Marketing Board
The Broadcasting Standards Commission
The Building Regulations Advisory Committee
Canal & River Trust
The Care Council for Wales
The Care Quality Commission
The Central Advisory Committee on War Pensions
The Passengers Council
The Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency
The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
The Children's Commissioner
The Children's Commissioner for Wales
The Civil Aviation Authority
The Civil Justice Council
The Civil Procedure Rule Committee
The Civil Service Appeal Board
The Civil Service Commission
The Coal Authority
The Commission for Equality and Human Rights
The Commission for Local Administration in England
The Commission for Integrated Transport
The Commission for Rural Communities
The Commission on Human Medicines
The Commissioner for Older People in Wales
The Commissioner for Public Appointments
The Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses
The Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses
The Committee on Agricultural Valuation
The Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
The Committee on Climate Change
The Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment
The Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management
The Committee on Safety of Devices
The Committee on Standards in Public Life
The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom
Communications for Business
The Community Development Foundation
The Competition Commission,
The Competition Service
The Comptroller and Auditor General
The Construction Industry Training Board
Consumer Communications for England
The Consumer Council for Water
The Consumer Panel
The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
The Council for Science and Technology
The Countryside Council for Wales
The Covent Garden Market Authority
The Criminal Cases Review Commission
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee
The Criminal Justice Consultative Council
The Crown Court Rule Committee
The Dartmoor Steering Group and Working Party
The Darwin Advisory Committee
The Defence Nuclear Safety Committee
The Defence Scientific Advisory Council
The Design Council
The Diplomatic Service Appeal Board
The Director of Fair Access to Higher Education
The Disability Employment Advisory Committee
The Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
The Distributed Generation Co-Ordinating Group
The Economic and Social Research Council
The Electoral Commission
The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The English Tourist Board
Equality 2025
The Ethnic Minority Business Forum
The Expert Advisory Group on AIDS
An Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards
The Export Guarantees Advisory Council
The Family Justice Council
The Family Procedure Rule Committee
The Family Proceedings Rules Committee
The Farm Animal Welfare Council
The Film Industry Training Board for England and Wales
The Financial Reporting Advisory Board
The Financial Services Authority
The Fire Services Examination Board
The Fuel Cell Advisory Panel
The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group
The Gaelic Media Service
The Gambling Commission
Gangmasters Licensing Authority
The Gene Therapy Advisory Committee
The General Chiropractic Council
The General Dental Council
The General Medical Council
The General Optical Council
The General Osteopathic Council
The General Pharmaceutical Council
The General Social Care Council
The General Teaching Council for Wales
The Government Hospitality Advisory Committee for the Purchase of Wine
The Government-Industry Forum on Non-Food Use of Crops
The Government Chemist
The Great Britain-China Centre
The Health Professions Council
The Health Protection Agency
The Health and Safety Executive
The Health Service Commissioner for England
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons
Her Majesty's Commissioners for Judicial Appointments
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation for England and Wales
The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England
The Historic Royal Palaces Trust
The Homes and Communities Agency
The Horserace Betting Levy Board
The House of Lords Appointments Commission
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
The Human Genetics Commission
The Human Tissue Authority
The Immigration Services Commissioner
The Imperial War Museum
The Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact
The Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy
The Independent Board of Visitors for Military Corrective Training Centres
The Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency
The Independent Groundwater Complaints Administrator
The Independent Living Funds
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
The Independent Police Complaints Commission
The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales
The Independent Review Panel for Advertising
The Independent Review Panel for Borderline Products
The Independent Safeguarding Authority
The Industrial Development Advisory Board
The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
The Information Commissioner
The Insolvency Rules Committee
The Integrated Administration and Controls System Appeals Panel
The Intellectual Property Advisory Committee
Investors in People UK
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee
The Joint Prison/Probation Accreditation Panel (now known as the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel
The Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman
The Judicial Appointments Commission
The Judicial Studies Board
The Land Registration Rule Committee
The Law Commission
The Legal Deposit Advisory Panel
The Legal Services Board
The Legal Services Commission
The Legal Services Ombudsman
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England
The Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales
The Local Government Commission for England
The London and South East Industrial Development Board
The London Pensions Fund Authority
The Low Pay Commission
The Magistrates’ Courts Rules Committee
The Marine Management Organisation
The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission
The Medical Research Council
The Migration Advisory Committee
The Museum of London
The National Army Museum
The National Audit Office
The National Consumer Council
The National Consumer Council
The National DNA Database Ethics Group
The National Employers’ Liaison Committee
The National Employment Savings Trust Corporation
The National Forest Company
The National Gallery
The National Heritage Memorial Fund
The National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care
The National Library of Wales /
The National Lottery Commission
The National Maritime Museum
The National Museum of Science and Industry
The National Museums and Galleries of Wales
The National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
The National Non-Food Crops Centre
The National Policing Improvement Agency
Natural England
The Natural Environment Research Council
The Natural History Museum
The New Deal Task Force
The NHS Pay Review Body
The North East Industrial Development Board
The North West Industrial Development Board
The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
The Nuclear Research Advisory Council
The Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Office for Budget Responsibility
The Office for Legal Complaints
The Office of Communications
The Office of Manpower Economics
The Office of the Renewable Fuels Agency
The Oil and Pipelines Agency
The Olympic Delivery Authority
The Olympic Lottery Distributor
The Olympic Park Legacy Company
The Ombudsman for the Board of the Pension Protection Fund
The OSO Board (The International Oil and Gas Business Advisory Board)
The Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate
The Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England
The Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Scotland
The Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
The Parole Board
The Pensions Ombudsman
The Pensions Regulator
The Pesticide Residues Committee
The Pesticides Forum
The Poisons Board
The Police Advisory Board for England and Wales
The Police Negotiating Board
The Prison Service Pay Review Body
The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales
The Public Private Partnership Agreement Arbiter
The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales
The Race Education and Employment Forum
The Race Relations Forum
The Radio Authority
The Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee
The Railway Heritage Committee
A Regional Cultural Consortium
Any regional flood defence committee
The Registrar of Public Lending Right
The Registrar General for England and Wales
The Regulator of Community Interest Companies
Remploy Ltd
The Renewable Energy Advisory Committee
Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries
The Review Board for Government Contracts
The Review Body on Doctors and Dentists Remuneration
The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art
The Royal Air Force Museum
The Royal Armouries
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
The Royal Hospital at Chelsea
The Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the Design of Coins, Medals, Seals and Decorations
The School Teachers’ Review Body
The Science Advisory Council
The Science and Technology Facilities Council
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition
The Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health
The Scottish Committee of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council
The Sea Fish Industry Authority
The Security Industry Authority
The Senior Salaries Review Body
The Sentencing Advisory Panel
The Sentencing Guidelines Council
Sianel Pedwar Cymru
Sir John Soane’s Museum
The Small Business Investment Task Force
The Social Care Institute for Excellence
The social fund Commissioner
The Social Security Advisory Committee
The South West Industrial Development Board
The Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee
The Sports Council for Wales
The Sports Grounds Safety Authority
The Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment
The Steering Committee on Pharmacy Postgraduate Education
The Strategic Investment Board
The Substance Misuse Advisory Panel
The Sustainable Development Commission
The Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board
The Tate Gallery
The TB Advisory Group
The Technical Advisory Board
The Technology Strategy Board
The Theatres Trust
The Traffic Commissioners
The Treasure Valuation Committee
The Tribunal Procedure Committee
The trustee corporation established by section 75 of the Pensions Act 2008
The UK Advisory Panel for Health Care Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses
The UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills
The UK Sports Council
The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
The University for Industry (added by SI 2005/3593)
The Unlinked Anonymous Serosurveys Steering Group
The Valuation Tribunal Service
The verderers of the New Forest
The Veterinary Products Committee
The Veterinary Residues Committee
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Wales Centre for Health
The Wallace Collection
The War Pensions Committees
The Welsh Committee for Professional Development of Pharmacy
The Welsh Committee of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council
The Welsh Dental Committee
The Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board
The Welsh Medical Committee
The Welsh Nursing and Midwifery Committee
The Welsh Optometric Committee
The Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee
The Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee
The West Midlands Industrial Development Board
The Westminster Foundation for Democracy
The Wilton Park Academic Council
The Women’s National Commission
The Yorkshire and the Humber and the East Midlands Industrial Development Board
The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
The Zoos Forum

Dec 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Poynton

The excuse the EPA provided for having two emails - is looking bogus.

One can understand email senders. They have to send it to your 'Richard Windsor' address. One can understand if you use the Windsor address to send emails - that is the whole point of having the extra channel for communication.

Why would you sign off emails yourself 'Richard Windsor'?

There appear to be at least two passages signed off by a Richard Windsor. One reason to think of, is to completely get rid of the 'Lisa Jackson' moniker from these communication channels, i.e., complete FOI computer search evasion.

If the same thing was done in all emails sent and received via these channels, ... brilliant, I must say.

Dec 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM | Registered Commentershub

In other news the Met office has predicted 2013 to be a record breaker

Better buy a new pullover then.

Dec 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterMorph

@Jeremy Poynton

In Ms Jackson's case I've been aware of her fracking statements for a while - but it induces cognitive dissonance.... , I think confirming the absence of duplicity is what's required. Can the same person who backed Al Armendiraz and no doubt other like minded but as yet unexposed activist public employees be trusted?

It wouldn't be the first time a public employee has said one thing in public - and been doing something entirely different behind the scenes.

Your list of quangos is pretty long.... I'd be happy if a selection of the worst offenders were dealt with. Trouble is, the parasites will be looking to play The Shell Game as has already been mooted with The Environment Agency getting married to Natural England and has already happened with British Waterways. The Fake Charities should simply be cut adrift and public funds at every level prohibited from being given to "charity". Then there's the issue of the rash of "not for profit" peculation schemes where public assets - mainly housing have been hived off and teams of the usually ex municipal "executives" are blissfully rewarding themselves bonuses and spouting PC twaddle.

Dec 30, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Unregistered Commentertomo

From Morph's link above, Met Office are predicting 0.57 deg C anomaly for 2013. [+/- 0.14, I'm guessing that's a 2-sigma range.] For comparison, the article offers, "Last year is ranked the warmest on record, having been 0.54 degrees above the long-term average, while 2012 is ranked the ninth warmest, with a rise of 0.45 degree Celsius." That's not quite right -- it was 2010 which had an anomaly of 0.54 deg C; 2011's figure was 0.40.

To satisfy the prediction "It is very likely that 2013 will be one of the warmest 10 years in the record", all it will take is that 2013's figure be above 0.438. Given last year's La Niña vs. the current neutral ENSO conditions, that seems likely even without any predicting -- while this year's average to date is 0.45, the average since April is 0.51 which would place it 4th highest.

Dec 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM | Registered CommenterHaroldW

Cross post from Unthreaded on 28th December.
The Met Office must be right....

Met office rainfall report: In terms of temperature and sunshine the year [2012] as a whole is set to be unremarkable, both being around normal. However, overall 2012 is set to be cooler than 2011, but warmer than 2010.

Met Office 2013 forecast ….. This is consistent with the Met Office forecast statement that 2012 was expected to be warmer than 2011, but not as warm as the record year of 2010.

Dec 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

Morph - Is that in the same series as Spring and early Summer 2012 will be drier than average - issued March 23rd ??.

Dec 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterRetired Dave

Lisa Jackson was always in it for the long term: When speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus at the CBC White House Briefing on Commerce & Energy, on July 22, 2010, she said: “I spend a lot of my time trying to get an 18,000 person agency to focus on a few things, because we only have eight years and there are so many important issues that face us, but one of them is air quality and water quality.”

Jackson boasted at a “40 years of EPA” celebration at Harvard, about the fact that: “the lead author of Massachusetts vs. EPA, came to work at the agency she once sued – to see through the work she sued it to do.

Lisa Heinzerling, who with my colleagues here today including Gina McCarthy, Bob Perciasepe and Bob Sussman helped EPA follow the science and follow the Supreme Court to finalize our endangerment finding on greenhouse gases last year.”

She is a political activist and In a speech at the EPA Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in January this year, 2012, she said: “There is something else we at the EPA owe to Dr. King and his legacy. It was the Civil Rights Movement that helped give rise to other movements in our history. The marches and demonstrations for equality and opportunity showed how effective those kinds of grassroots efforts could be on a wide range of issues. And environmentalism followed in the footsteps of the Civil Rights movement"

Also in January 2012, at the National Council for Science and the Environment's National Conference on Environment and Security, she praised attendee Gro Harlem Brundtland for her years of work on sustainability and environmental issues. A former vice-president of Socialist International, Brundtland's 1987 Report was the blue print for Agenda 21.

Also at the NCSE, Lisa Jackson revealed her future vison.

"As Rio+20, the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit, approaches in June, we have a chance to learn lessons, build partnerships and put in place innovative strategies that can reshape the economic and environmental future of our entire planet.It is the rarest of opportunities to truly change the world, and make a difference that will benefit billions of people."

Expect her to turn up in some UN role, perhaps a WEPA, (World EPA)?

Read more here:

Dec 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterDennis A

Dec 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM | Jeremy Poynton and that List.
Some of the bodies on that long list are more troublesome than others, by a simple test. They are troublesome if they have powers to detain, question, conduct hearings, impose punishments or generally act as pseudo-judicial bodies.
In theory, there is a structural separation of powers. Some of these bodies straddle that separation and make complications which ought be vanquished. Many social problems exist because the trained, professional investigators, questioners, prosecutors, judges, etc are bypassed and the work is commonly done by lesser people, often people with a cause and often with little knowledge of the importance of admissable, high quality evidence.
The solution is simple on paper, but horrendous to contemplate in its execution. Tentacles run everywhere.

Dec 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterGeoff Sherrington

"To lose one senior advisor (RIce), Mr Obama, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two (Jackson) looks like carelessness."

Lady Shrapnell, I believe. "The Importance of Being Green"

Dec 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM | Unregistered Commentermojo

Dec 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM HaroldW

The heat is on and I am getting a whiff of books at Gas Mark 4

Take a look at last year's MO punt:-

How does 0.47, 0.50, 0.51 = an average of 0.51? And has now morph into 0.52!

I have always had a great deal of respect for the MO but I am becoming more and more convinced that straws are being grasped.

Lord Beaverbrook has also raised an apparent "reverse pass" re their Decadal Forecast.

Dec 31, 2012 at 9:27 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

There is a very interesting year ahead I do trust the holder of the pen is true!

But why should I ever doubt?

Because I can and I will!

Jan 1, 2013 at 1:08 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

She is a political activist ...

Sorry, but this isn't a problem. How do you think people get these jobs in the first place? So long as she is an honest political player, that's all you can expect. Do you honestly think any other party anywhere is going to appoint nobodies with no known track record to such an important – and hugely political – job.

Actually George W. did do that, when he though that FEMA would be a sinecure for a talentless mate (Mike "Heckuva Job" Brown).

The next Republican president will likely appoint a long-term Republican to the position. George W. appointed a former Governor (Christine Whitman) as well as a technocrat.

I don't like Lisa Jackson, but that she is political is hardly a sin in a political position.

Jan 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterMooloo

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