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EPA's Jackson: 'fighting to make up for lost time'

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Juliet Eilperin in our Post Carbon blog:

COPENHAGEN -- The United States has been "fighting to make up for lost time" in the fight against global warming since President Obama took office nearly 11 months ago, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson said Wednesday.

In the Obama administration's keynote speech at the U.N.-sponsored climate talks here, Jackson said more progress has been made in the last 11 months than what "happened in the last eight years prior" under former president George W. Bush.

Making a pitch to an international community that has demanded bolder action from Washington on climate change, Jackson detailed a list of measures ranging from stricter fuel economy standards to the promotion of renewable offshore energy projects.

But Jackson's biggest applause line came when we said she was "proud" of the EPA's declaration Monday that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare. "That is a decision that has been a long time coming," she said to a packed crowd in the U.S. Pavillion.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | December 9, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Administration  
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