EPA "Crucifies" Oil and Gas Companies

Apr 25, 2012

UPDATE: Politico reports that YouTube took down the video clip.

Wow. I thought EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus telling Congress that his agency doesn't look at jobs losses when doing its economic analysis was something, but that's nothing compared to this video of an EPA administrator comparing what he does to ancient Romans soldiers conquering a village. The Washington Examiner's Joel Gehrke reports [emphasis mine]:

Al Armendariz, a regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, explained in 2010 that he understands the EPA policy to be to "crucify" a few oil and gas companies to get the rest of the industry to comply with the laws.

"I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement," Armendariz said during a meeting in 2010. "It's kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they’d go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they’d run into, and they’d crucify them and then, you know, that town was really easy to manage over the next few years."

Armendariz went on to say he believes in hitting oil and gas companies "as hard as you can" to "make examples out of them."

If this is how they view oil and gas companies, I can only imagine what EPA thinks about coal, since they issued a greenhouse gas rule that would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants.

If you think I'm picking on Armendariz and took him out of context, here's the entire nine minute video (the clip above starts at 0:13):

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