The EPA is supposed to protect the environment, not crucify industries that which it dislikes. But as the sensational video that recently surfaced shows, all too often the agency does the latter.
If the problem began and ended with EPA Region 6 administrator Al Armendariz, then dismissing him would be enough to solve it. Unfortunately, Armendariz merely used more colorful language to describe an approach that has driven the agenda of President Obama’s EPA.
That’s why Congress must stand up to these unaccountable bureaucrats.
Armendariz is the EPA regional director who oversees Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It’s a region our country relies on heavily for oil and gas production. But Armendariz seems unconcerned about the economic impact of launching a crusade against oil and gas companies.
“My philosophy of enforcement,” he said in a now infamous video “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. And then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”
The Armendariz approach is the opposite of how regulators should behave. They should try to protect our health and safety while allowing businesses to succeed and expand. They shouldn’t crucify.