EPA – Lies, And Damn Lies

EPA Official’s ‘Philosophy’ On Oil Companies: ‘Crucify Them’ – Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens
By Craig Bannister
April 25, 2012

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor today to draw attention to a video of a top EPA official saying the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies – just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience.

Inhofe quoted a little-watched video from 2010 of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies.

In the video, Administrator Armendariz says:
MORE HERE, and worse:

http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/epa-officials-philosophy-oil-companies-crucify-them-just-romans-crucified

Video:

9 Comments

  1. Of course, there is more to this story than Yorkshire reveals. The administrator apologized, and his boss, Assistant EPA Administer backed it up by emphasizing that the EPA is driven to assure “ethical enforceent” of the law. Who can quarrel with that? Only Senator Inhofe, and Yorkshire!

    Here is the complete report of the incident in the Daily Caller:

    “The Obama-appointed Environmental Protection Agency official who explained that the agency uses a “crucify them” enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies apologized for his comments on Wednesday night.

    “I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,” Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller. “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. ”

    On Wednesday morning, Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe highlighted a speech Armendariz gave in 2010 in which he described the manner in which the agency keeps oil and gas companies under their thumb.

    “I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said,” Armendariz said. “It was kind of like how 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’d crucify them,” Armendariz said.

    “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,” he added.

    Inhofe used Armendariz comments to announce that he has launched an investigation into the agency and its handling of three natural gas cases in Parker County, Texas, in Pavilion, Wyoming, and in Dimock, Pennsylvania.

    While Armendariz apologized, EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Cynthia Giles asserted that the agency is still committed to ethical enforcement of the law.

    “Strong, fair and effective enforcement of the environmental laws passed by Congress is critical to protecting public health and ensuring that all companies, regardless of industry, are playing by the same rules,” she said in comments provided to TheDC. “Enforcement is essential to the effectiveness of our environmental laws, ensuring that public health is protected and that companies that play by the rules are not at a disadvantage. The same holds true for companies involved in responsible and safe development of our nation’s domestic energy resources.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/25/epa-official-apologizes-for-crucify-the-oil-and-gas-producers-comments/#ixzz1t94bo5d7

  2. Wagonwheel says:
    April 26, 2012 at 07:45
    Of course, there is more to this story than Yorkshire reveals.

    Of course this fool is walking back his words. But the fact is, he said them. EPA has this scorched earth mindset and his words show it. The only reason he apologized is he got caught and there is a video.

  3. Senator Launches Probe Into EPA’s ‘Houses Could Explode’ Scare Tactics, ‘Crucify Them’ Philosophy

    By Craig Bannister
    April 25, 2012

    Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has launched an investigation into the Obama-EPA’s apparent “crucify them” and “incite fear” strategies targeted at American energy producers. This investigation will look into EPA’s actions towards domestic energy production specifically in light of the agency’s recent efforts relating to hydraulic fracturing.

    Inhofe’s first move was to send a letter of inquiry To EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for answers regarding an emergency order issued by EPA Region 6, which it justified by making unfounded claims that “houses could explode.”

    More here: http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/senator-launches-probe-epas-houses-could-explode-scare-tactics-crucify-them

  4. “Of course, there is more to this story than Yorkshire reveals. The administrator apologized, and his boss, Assistant EPA Administer backed it up by emphasizing that the EPA is driven to assure “ethical enforceent” of the law. Who can quarrel with that? “

    Why should his sputtering attempt to extricate himself from a jam and save his government issued rice bowl, be taken as more indicative of his mindset and ethics than a comment he freely offered when not under pressure?

    The only thing he is sorry for is that he got caught exposing himself.

  5. DNW says:
    April 27, 2012 at 10:23

    The only thing he is sorry for is that he got caught exposing himself.

    But he had TWO YEARS to apologize for this statement and now that it’s public, he’s apologizing for being caught. I’m sure he still believes what he said in those ensuing two years.

  6. YouTube pulls Armendariz ‘crucify them’ video

    Published: 9:50 AM 04/27/2012

    By Caroline May – The Daily Caller

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    The YouTube channel where Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe’s office originally discovered the video of EPA official Al Armendariz speak about his “crucify them” enforcement philosophy has scrubbed the original video and lodged a complaint against Inhofe to YouTube.

    The source and now YouTube complainant, David McFatridge of “Citizen Media for We The People,” is an environmentalist and, according to Inhofe’s office, has eliminated all content related to Armendariz’s speech from his YouTube channel.

    The original video now turns of an error notice that reads: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge.”

    McFatridge’s complaint comes despite the fact that his page reads, “Consider ALL video Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)”.

    Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey told TheDC they are working to connect with a YouTube representative.

    Dempsey also explained that Inhofe’s office covered their bases with their use of the video.

    “In short, the video we cut and posted to our YouTube channel came from a YouTube channel, “Citizen Media for We The People,” that said reuse is allowed and we attributed the site in the description of the video,” he explained in an email to reporters. “Further in our original website post for our media advisory, we also included a link to the original source.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/27/youtube-pulls-armendariz-crucify-them-video/#ixzz1tI8Nrird

    They are still cowards.

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