The Republican-led House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigation grilled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson on the agency\u2019s balance between environmental gains and economic outcomes Sept. 22. The subcommittee asserted that EPA\u2019s proposed rules on power plants and other pollution sources cause economic harm. \u201cIt\u2019s a 1970s illusion that there\u2019s no economic impact,\u201d Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA) told Jackson. \u201cWe\u2019ve been playing this game in California long enough. There\u2019s a cost both ways.\u201d Many committee members swear that agency rules eliminate jobs. A calm Jackson under oath countered that cleaner air has economic and health benefits\u2014prolonging lives and creating jobs. \u201cThere\u2019s this dance in Washington\u201d where costs are \u201coverestimated with no concern for people,\u201d she said. Power plants, particularly coal-fired facilities, were a main focus of the subcommittee\u2019s concern because representatives fear plant shutdowns in their districts. Yet, pollution doesn\u2019t respect political boundaries, noted Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). \u201cHow long have we been waiting for old, uncontrolled plants to be cleaned up?\u201d Waxman queried. He jabbed at Republicans, alleging that \u201cthe other side of the aisle rejects science\u201d in favor of economic rhetoric. Other Democrats joined in the \u201cscience rejection\u201d stance against Republicans. Jackson estimated she\u2019s appeared as a witness in similar committee hearings a dozen times in the last year. The White House backed off tougher ozone standards early this month that would leave many areas in California unable to comply, but the administration still pursues power plant pollution controls.