The EPA is getting blamed for a lot of things these days, but Lisa Jackson says rising gasoline prices are not her agency’s fault.
The EPA administrator insisted Tuesday that upward pressure on gas prices “is not coming from any environmental or health regulation.”
“The standards that we set to protect our health are so often and so inaccurately blamed for increasing prices and economic challenges that I want to make clear that that’s not what is happening right now,” she told a conference hosted by the Energy Information Administration.
Nor is increasing demand for fuel in nations such as China and India to blame for cost spikes, Jackson added — at least not yet.
“What appears to be the most important factor at work is our dependence on imported energy,” she said. “This is what leaves us vulnerable to jumps in prices. When something changes thousands of miles away, the American people pay for it at the pump.”