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On February 14, Lisa P. Jackson stepped down from her post as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She will go down in history as the first African-American leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, but we will also remember her as a mom. With her own experience of spending nights in the emergency room with an asthmatic child, she understands from the bottom of her heart the importance of clean air for kids. As EPA administrator, she did for families across the country what we couldn't for ourselves: Lisa Jackson made the air we all breathe a little cleaner.

Moms and families could not have asked for a better champion of clean air and children’s health than Lisa Jackson. She put the first-ever limits on mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fire power plants, and tightened standards on soot in our air. Under her leadership, the EPA recognized that greenhouse gases endanger public health, leading to the first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

Lisa Jackson is truly a super hero mom, and we need to thank her for her outstanding work protecting our families from air pollution. And what would be the perfect goodbye gift? One more clean air win!

President Obama can give Lisa Jackson the best goodbye she could have – finalization of the carbon standard for new power plants. Carbon pollution is dangerous for children because it makes smog pollution worse, which raises the risk of asthma attacks and can permanently damage and reduce the function of children’s lungs.** Last August, the EPA received a record 3.2 million comments in support of limits on power plant carbon emissions. Despite this overwhelming public support, the carbon standard has yet to be finalized into law.

Tell President Obama to celebrate Lisa Jackson's record and thank her for her outstanding service at the EPA by finalizing the carbon standard by signing our petition here.

A mom’s mission in life is to keep her kids healthy and safe. As EPA administrator and a mom, herself, Lisa Jackson made it her mission to try to keep all our kids healthy and safe from air pollution.

Thank you, Lisa Jackson. We will miss you at the EPA.

** Gauderman WJ, Vora H, McConnell R, Berhane K, Gilliland F, Thomas D, Lurmann F, Avol E, Kunzli N, Jerrett M, Peters J. Effect of Exposure to Traffic on Lung Development from 10 to 18 Years of Age: a cohort study. Lancet 2007; 369:571-577

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