It’s an uneasy feeling when your worst suspicisions are confirmed. That’s exactly what happen when a video of EPA Administrator Al Armendariz in the Region 6 Dallas office surfaced. Alarmingly, EPA’s Armendariz uses a rather crude analogy of how his staff should approach enforcement on energy producers by comparing it to Romans crucifying Turkish villagers.
“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean,” he said. “They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw, and they’d crucify them.”
Manufacturers and energy producers are already facing a litany of overreaching regulations from the EPA which are making it tougher to create jobs and grow. It’s concerning that an EPA official in charge of enforcement would make such a comment about the treatment of job creators. An adversarial approach to enforcement is not going to help our energy security. The aggressive targeting to specific energy producers does not get us closer to a true “all of the above” approach to energy.
Sen. Inhofe has already stated that he is going to begin an investigation into the EPA. Armendariz issued a statement apologizing for his poor choice of words. However, the EPA continues to move forward with harmful regulations which will increase energy prices for manufacturers.