FORTUNE -- For people who didn't know much about Lisa P. Jackson before Tim Cook announced Tuesday that he had hired the former head of the EPA as Apple's (AAPL) first vice president for environmental initiatives, here's a briefing:
Jackson issued a statement:
"I'm incredibly impressed with Apple's commitment to the environment and I'm thrilled to be joining the team. Apple has shown how innovation can drive real progress by removing toxics from its products, incorporating renewable energy in its data center plans, and continually raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry. I look forward to helping support and promote these efforts, as well as leading new ones in the future aimed at protecting the environment."
And so did Greenpeace, long a thorn in Apple's side:
"Apple has made a bold move in hiring Lisa Jackson, a proven advocate with a track record of combating toxic waste and the dirty energy that causes global warming, two of Apple's biggest challenges as it continues to grow. Jackson can make Apple the top environmental leader in the tech sector by helping the company use its influence to push electric utilities and governments to provide the clean energy that both Apple and America need right now."
Jumps to 4th place in the latest Greenpeace survey of electronics manufacturers
Apple (AAPL) has come a long way in the eyes of the environmental activitsts at Greenpeace since they painted Steve Jobs as a hypocrite for promising "a greener Apple" in May 2007 and delivering an iPhone the next month laced with bromine, chlorine and phthlates.
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That green glow around Apple (AAPL) didn't last long. Only three days after the company gave over the front page of its website to proclaim itself "bursting with pride" over boardmember Al Gore's Nobel, the environmental activists at Greenpeace have attacked Steve Jobs for failing to make his cellphone as green as his competitors'.
In a slick video posted on YouTube (and pasted below the fold), the organization paints Jobs as MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 15, 2007 5:53 AM ET
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