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The Replacements: EPA Administrator Edition

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson receive a brief from Rear Adm. Mary Landry during a survey of the Deepwater Horizon incident. April 30, 2010. Photo by PO3 Cory Mendenhall, PD.

With a number of key appointees resigning in President Obama’s second term, it’s time for everyone’s second favorite parlor game – who are the replacements?

Yesterday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced that she will resign her position shortly after President Obama’s State of the Union address next month. Under her tenure, the EPA enacted the first-ever greenhouse gas standards for vehicles, cuts in mercury and other toxic pollution from power plants and a tighter limit on soot. She has pressed for limits on emissions form coal-fired power plants and on the dumping of mine waste into streams and rivers near mines. While many in the environmental community have praised her advocacy, many Congressional Republicans and business groups have gone so far as to suggest that Jackson was waging a “war on coal.”

In a statement, President Obama praised Jackson:

Under her leadership, the EPA has taken sensible and important steps to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink, including implementing the first national standard for harmful mercury pollution, taking important action to combat climate change under the Clean Air Act, and playing a key role in establishing historic fuel economy standards that will save the average American family thousands of dollars at the pump while also slashing carbon pollution.

With Jackson’s departure, here are some top picks of whom President Obama might enlist as next EPA administrator.