What they tell you:
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says she’s stepping down after nearly four years on the job.
Jackson announced her departure in a statement Thursday. She gave no particular reason for leaving but said she was ready for new challenges, time with her family and new opportunities to make a difference.
Jackson’s tenure was marked by high-profile brawls with industry and congressional Republicans over such issues a global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline and new controls on coal-fired plants.
She says she’s leaving the agency, in her words, “confident the ship is sailing in the right direction.”
Jackson is expected to leave after the State of the Union address in late January.
… and what they don’t:
[...] the timing was no accident. She claims to have told President Obama shortly after his re-election she planned to leave in early 2013, but her announcement went public just days after the Justice Department agreed – as a result of a lawsuit filed by CEI – to begin producing 12,000 emails from her “Richard Windsor” alias account. The emails relate to the war on coal Jackson was orchestrating on behalf of President Obama outside the appropriate democratic process.