April 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a, now viral, video brought to wide public attention today by CNS News [see, Craig Bannister, EPA Official's 'Philosophy' On Oil Companies: 'Crucify Them' - Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens] the EPA's Director of Region VI [Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas] Al Armendariz is quoted as being an admirer of imperial Rome's terrorist techniques [such as random crucifixion} as enforcement tools. We must assume that Armendariz wishes to employ equally terrifying tactics in order to establish EPA's total dominance over the American energy industry.
As CNS notes, "In the video, Administrator Armendariz says...''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: It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They?d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they?d find the first five guys they saw and they?d crucify them.... Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.'"
Mr. Armendariz was appointed to the EPA post in 2009, apparently on the strenght of his reputation as being an environmental whack-job. To that end he had the backing of most of Texas' faux environmental community - not a good sign.
Demonstrative of his viewpoint, while a assistant professor at Southern Methodist University he seemed to advocate, in a July 25, 2007 op-ed published by the Dallas Morning News [see, http://lyle.smu.edu/~aja/armendariz-dmn-july2007.pdf] a completely unrealistic policy of reducing "emissions," by 80% in the Dallas area, to meet a fanciful 2009 EPA deadline to reduce the ozone component of the atmosphere by 12 parts per billion [ppb].
"EPA analyses indicate that emissions reductions of approximately 20 percent are required to lower ozone concentrations by 3 ppb. Remember, we need a 12 ppb drop to meet the standard..."
In criticizing Texas' proposed reduction plan as being too timid, Armendariz, suggests that it is not even close to being restrictive enough to meet the new standard, "...for this to happen...[meeting the 2009 standard]...our ozone levels have to drop from the current level of 96 parts per billion to 84 ppb. A drop of 12ppb is substantial - levels of ozone have never dropped this far in a short period of time in any metropolitan area in the History of the Clean Air Act..."
The fact that Armendariz accepts that meeting the 2009 standard would be impossible without draconian measures doesn't seem to dissuade him from demanding that such action should be taken regardless of consequences, hectoring those reading his screed, "Everyone who breathes should contact Steve Page, EPA director of the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards...and Richard Greene, EPA regional administrator...and tell them that it is time for the state to submit a real clean-air plan for our area."
Armendariz has, throughout his career made no secret of his environmental radicalism. We believe this is what led Bryan Shaw, chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to state real concerns regarding Armendariz' entire approach on environmental matter," he has a long history as an environmental activist, I hope Dr. Armendariz recognizes that this position is too important to be used as a podium for environmental activism..." [source, http://www.texasenvironment.org/news_story.cfm?IID=853]
As if to underwrite Shaw's concerns, Luke Metzger, another enviro-extremist and Director of Environment Texas, cheered Armendariz' appointment, stating, "We are thrilled with Dr. Armendariz's appointment...After eight years of the Bush EPA, it's a new day for Texas? environment..." [source, http://www.texasenvironment.org/pr_story.cfm?IID=850]
Armendariz' take no prisoners, damn the economy approach has led him to be called, "the most feared environmentalist," in Texas, "...the genial academic and self-described activist has become the most feared environmentalist in a state [source, In his EPA job, former academic is the most feared environmentalist in the state, http://www.texasenvironment.org/fund/PressClippingsStory.cfm?IID=1019]
All of the above is in keeping with Armendariz' now very public statement advocating a tactical approach to a policy - designed to destroy the production of American energy - which would be akin to the brutality represented by the Roman Empire.
None of this is surprising when dealing with this bunch - Team Obama and his stooge Bolsheviks.
These people are neither democratic nor are they progressive in any meaningful sense. These folks would be at home in just about any totalitarian regime imaginable - they're Stalinists. In actuality these regulators don't give a rat's ass about the horrendous economic, societal and national security repercussions which would accrue to their radical programs.
Armendariz' zealotry has nothing to do with improving the life of the "common man," rather it is keyed towards destroying this constitutionally limited republican democracy and replacing it with an authoritarian, collectivist state led by power crazed fools such as himself.
Indeed, there is a lot riding on the outcome of the November 6 presidential election, don't say you haven't been warned.
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