1. NEW JOB

    Apple Hires Former EPA Administrator

    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson addresses the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior December 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama and cabinet secretaries from his administration are scheduled to address the conference, which included breakout sessions on topics like 'Protecting Our Communities: Law Enforcement and Disaster Relief,' 'Building Healthy Communities, Excellence in Education and Native American Youth,' and other subjects. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Apple announced Tuesday that it hired Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator during President Obama's first term, to be the company's senior environmental adviser. Jackson, who will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook, said in a statement that the company has been "raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry." Jackson oversaw many of the Obama administration's boldest environmental policies, including implementing rules that forced automakers to double fuel-efficiency standards. Apple has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint and is looking to rely more on renewable energy sources.

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