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EPA Official Touted Crucifying Oil Companies

From Forbes:

EPA Official Not Only Touted ‘Crucifying’ Oil Companies, He Tried It

Christopher Helman
April 26, 2012

Confirming what many in the industry long suspected, a video surfaced Wednesday in which Al Armendariz, an official at the Environmental Protection Agency, promotes the idea of crucifying oil companies. Armendariz heads up the EPA’s region 6 office, which is based in Dallas and responsible for oversight of Texas and surrounding states. The former professor at Southern Methodist University was appointed by President Obama in November 2009.

In a talk to colleagues about methods EPA enforcement, Armendariz can be seen saying, “The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

Notice how we only hear the Left’s real plans when they are talking with their "colleagues" and fellow travellers.

And not only has Armendariz talked about crucifying oil companies, he’s tried to do it. In 2010 his office targeted Range Resources, a Fort Worth-based driller that was among the first to discover the potential of the Marcellus Shale gas field of Pennsylvania — the biggest gas field in America and one of the biggest in the world. Armendariz’s office declared in an emergency order that Range’s drilling activity had contaminated groundwater in Parker County, Texas. Armendariz’s office insisted that Range’s hydraulic fracking activity had caused the pollution and ordered Range to remediate the water. The EPA’s case against Range was catnip for the environmental fracktivists who insist with religious zealotry that fracking is evil. Range insisted from the beginning that there was no substance to the allegations.

In fact, after all these years the environmentalists have still not been able to produce one piece of proof that fracking contaminates groundwater. Not one.

The Armendriz video (which appears to have been taken off YouTube late late night) was shot around the same time he was preparing the action against Range.

What a shock that Obama’s guardians at Google would purge this from YouTube.

Here’s the highlights of what he said:

The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.

And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there. And, companies that are smart see that, they don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point that it’s time to clean up.

And, that won’t happen unless you have somebody out there making examples of people. So you go out, you look at an industry, you find people violating the law, you go aggressively after them. And we do have some pretty effective enforcement tools. Compliance can get very high, very, very quickly.

That’s what these companies respond to is both their public image but also financial pressure. So you put some financial pressure on a company, you get other people in that industry to clean up very quickly.

The former professor at Southern Methodist University is a diehard environmentalist, having grown up in El Paso near a copper smelter that reportedly belched arsenic-laced clouds into the air. Texas Monthly called him one of the 25 most powerful Texans, while the Houston Chronicle said he’s “the most feared environmentalist in the state.”

Never mind that he couldn’t prove jack against Range. For a year and a half EPA bickered over the issue, both with Range and with the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas drilling and did its own scientific study of Range’s wells and found no evidence that they polluted anything. In recent months a federal judge slapped the EPA, decreeing that the agency was required to actually do some scientific investigation of wells before penalizing the companies that drilled them. Finally in March the EPA withdrew its emergency order and a federal court dismissed the EPA’s case

Oh, well. On to the next target.

After an outcry emerged over the video on Wednesday, Armendariz apologized for his statements Wednesday night, reportedly saying: “I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words. It was an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws. I am and have always been committed to fair and vigorous enforcement of those laws.”

He ought to resign as well. His comments in the video are proof that facts and science don’t matter to him, that he’s already made up his mind that the industry he has regulatory power over is evil. When you lose faith in the impartiality of regulators every action they take is tainted

By that standard there would be no one left at the EPA.

Which, come to think of it, wouldn’t be so bad after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “EPA Official Touted Crucifying Oil Companies”

  1. jaw1607 says:

    There were not any Turkish towns when the Romans went into Asia Minor, the Turks did not arrive there till about 1000 years later. Did not Reagan say something to the effect that it is not that Liberals don’t know anything, it is just that everything they know is wrong.

    • Petronius says:

      We also have to be careful about comparing Nerobama’s rule to the Roman Empire as we run the risk of being grossly unfair to the Romans.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It is an interesting parallel.

      However, the thought that keeps marking up the carpet of my mind is that “the most militant people I’ve ever met never served one day in the military”. That’s as true an axiom to me as I can come up with. In my days in the military, people were often given the benefit of the doubt, not slammed immediately with some heavy-handedness and, if that did happen, many forces would often come out of the woodwork to defend the “guilty” and try to get it rectified.

      Not so in the civilian world with so many angry liberals grinding their axes. It’s an odd juxtaposition where they preach “tolerance” and “understanding” for a murderer or those who get abortions or perform them, while a business that provides actual general welfare type things like electricity, cheap/simple transportation, and so many other things…like plastic for example and they want to “crucify” them. And not so much for “killing mother gaia” but for setting an example and put fear into others.

      Another form of bullying or the mark of a real ego problem or both. Sometimes I wonder if there’s something in the water but I always come back to the conclusion that it was the events of the 1960’s that causes us all this angst. There’s never been a shortage of idiots but these days, idiots get appointed to positions of great power and they ignore the “great responsibility” part of it, or they bastardize that to think it means “responsibility to mother gaia and a population on earth that includes me and about five other people so we never run out of food, and don’t trample on the marigolds”.

    • DoctorRock says:

      Rusty is spot on, and there’s a point to be made here. Yes, bullying is wrong, but defy Nature at your peril. There are those Mother Nature have designated as prey. She says, “Chase them, and have fun!” Decency aside, we have to
      share this world with saps, but nevertheless they should never be in positions of power. In this video I see a creep who no doubt was tormented to no end by his contemporaries, and is now getting even. On occasion, this is right and good, as in the fabled “Ugly Duckling”, but I’m not seeing that here – big government wasn’t a part of The Ugly Duckling. In the rough-and-tumble world we call “The World”, the functional types learn what it is to hit, and be hit. Somebody screws up, you don’t have to “crucify” them. Were that the case, I’d expect this twerp to fall on his sword for the dishonor he has brought upon The House of Obama. But this has been the case, and the narrative for all of this administration. The very fact that this asswipe was put in such a position is an affront to The Wisdom of God. I’m old enough to know that that never works,
      and will in fact end badly for all involved. And when we delight in that eventuality, Mother Nature will smile as well.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    But … but …. oil is a completely natural product of the earth, biodegradable and everything.

    Rope, tree, problem solved.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Rope, tree problem solved….Yeap! Or…………Remove the EPA from any and all government functions. Another words………gone!

  4. BigOil says:

    These radical leftists all seem to think the same way. ‘Uncle Joe’ Stalin used to put a couple heads on pikes in the town square to get everyone in line. It proved to be effective.

    Interesting how an unelected bureaucrat dweeb like this guy lets a little power go to his head. Now he can get revenge for all the sand he had kicked in his face as a kid.

    More evidence how we desperately need to get back to imposing constitutional limitations on the federal monster – before it is to late.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    Military families are being targeted by the Obama regime and being blocked so they can not get “Relief for Families of Victims” of the Beirut bombings. Sad and Pathetic! Remember this in November veterans and families of all veterans!


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