Lisa Jackson speaks

Too bad we’re not hearing more from Lisa Jackson these days.

Both supporters and cautionaries alike want to know more about how the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator — formerly the head of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection — will move forward.
Last Friday, in what was touted as her first public appearance as EPA chief, she spoke to a national conference of environmental justice groups meeting in Manhattan.

Lisa Jackson testifies Jan. 14 in Washington before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on her nomination. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

NY Times staffer Mireya Navarro wrote about it on the Green, Inc. blog.

Navarro wrote that Jackson “assured the audience that the new president understands urban issues and the concerns of low income communities who feel disproportionately affected by pollution and other environmental problems. She pledged ‘a listening ear and a heart’ and a commitment to address climate change ‘based on sound science.’ “

Jackson also said that as long as Obama is “committed to the idea that you don’t have to choose between environmental protection and the economy, we have a leg up on the previous administration.”