EPA: Hey, sorry about that whole “crucify” thing, we’re all about being ethical

posted at 10:41 am on April 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The EPA has scrambled to contain the damage from the clip highlighted by Morgen Richmond this morning, which went viral yesterday, showing an EPA administrator bragging about crucifixion as a means to impose the EPA’s will on American subjects, er, citizens.  The EPA’s Richard Armendariz apologized late last night for his remarks, and the EPA rushed to assure people that they are all about “ethical enforcement”:

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. …

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.”

Sure they are.  Why, just ask the Sacketts about the EPA’s idea of “ethical enforcement.”  They ruled that the land that the Sacketts bought were wetlands after the Sacketts starting building a house on residential-zoned land even though it had not been classified as such beforehand, and then refused to allow them to access the court system without paying tens of thousands of dollars each day that they delayed the EPA’s mandated abatement.  The Supreme Court hit the EPA with a unanimous smackdown on a process which could only be called a financial crucifixion of the Sacketts, and a lesson to everyone else — just as Armendariz described in the video.

Don’t count Senator James Inhofe among the easily impressed with this apology and endorsement of the EPA’s approach to enforcement:

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe is not buying the mea culpa offered by the EPA official who bragged about the agency’s “crucify them” enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies.

“His apology was meaningless,” Inhofe told The Daily Caller in a Thursday morning interview.

“You’re going to treat people like the Romans crucified the church? Get real,” he said.

According to Inhoffe, Obama-appointed Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz’s claim in his apology that the agency is focused on “fair and vigorous enforcement” isn’t supported by the facts.

Inhofe appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to talk about his intent to investigate the EPA, and to tie Armendariz’ comments to Barack Obama’s war on domestic oil and gas production, especially gas:

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday blasted an Environmental Protection Agency official’s claim that the agency was using a “crucify them” strategy against oil and gas companies, calling it a part of President Barack Obama’s “war on domestic energy.”

“Let’s keep in mind, this is all a part of Obama’s war on domestic energy,” Inhofe said on “Fox & Friends.” “He’s the one who said that we have good natural gas and it’s plentiful and all of that but we’ve got to stop hydraulic fracturing. This is the war on hydraulic fracturing.”

It’s more than a war on hydraulic fracturing, or on energy production.  It’s a war on liberty, waged by bureaucrats who want to crucify people like the Sacketts in order to pacify the rest of us.  The apology won’t fool anyone.


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They must know this is bad to apologize so quickly.

There must be more out there.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Unfortunately the only solution is to vote these bums out. And hopefully Mittens will have the stones to get rid of the EPA once and for all(or at least not stand in the way of the GOP Congress defunding them).

Doughboy on April 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Sorry about the word crucify but certainly not about their intent!

bluemarlin on April 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

When we “crucify” five people from the EPA, maybe they will get the point.

It’s about time we eliminated their entire agency from existence…or cut their budget by about 75%. Let’s see how much crucifying they can do with that amount of money.

Marcus Traianus on April 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

They’re apologizing for the choice of words and for “offending” people. Not for the sentiments they were expressing.

Shump on April 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Anything that hurts America and her people is top priority for this administration. And he has the nerve to run for office again.

NJ Red on April 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

“I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,”

..liberal translation: ” I can’t believe I got caught exposing our agenda”

Baxter Greene on April 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Marcus Traianus on April 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I would love love love for Palin to run the EPA. What a hoot!

NJ Red on April 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This government has become the enemy of its own citizens.

Cicero43 on April 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I love that Inhofe keeps using the “war on x” imagery. It’s throwing all that over-the-top nonsense back in their faces.

Someone somewhere is going to say “why does he keep saying there is a war on everything… oh… riiiiggghhhttt.”

And hopefully the light bulb will pop off.

Washington Nearsider on April 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

EPA: Hey, sorry about that whole “crucify” thing, we’re all about being ethical

If that were the case, than the EPA would stop doing bogus research.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Obama’s executive agencies seem to make the best case for supporting Romney without a word even being said. But then Romney says something, and I’m unsure again …

besser tot als rot on April 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

One of the first orders of business for the GOP controlled Senate next term should be to pass the REINS Act. It passed overwhelmingly in the House in December and would pass overwhelmingly in the Senate as well. Wonder why a bill with broad support wouldn’t come up for a vote in the Senate?

It is a simple piece of legislation:
All rules that will have an economic impact of over 100 million a year need to pass both the House and the Senate by a simple up or down vote. No filibusters.

This would apply to all executive agencies that Congress has outsourced their lawmaking responsibility to.

The next step would be to put these agencies in their place of only enforcing and recommending laws.

The EPA, OSHA, etc. should not be writing, passing, and enforcing the laws. Congress needs to take back their authority and responsibility in the lawmaking process!

weaselyone on April 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Obama’s executive agencies seem to make the best case for supporting Romney without a word even being said. But then Romney says something, and I’m unsure again …

besser tot als rot on April 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

WTF does this have to do with the EPA again?

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Tell me again why the GOP has not budgeted these clowns down to the size of a 7-11 store?

michaelo on April 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

It has nothing to do about being offensive. He obviously felt he was among friend to say what he did.
The real issue here is a powerful govt. agency that delights in burning somebody to the ground and laughs about it.
They deliberately destroy people as policy.

He feels his mission is to crush people with the weight of his agency.
That is the perfect example of unchecked govt. power.

NeoKong on April 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Eliminate the agency.

forest on April 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Leave it to the dems to use a biblical term i.e. “Crucify” against its people. They are always on the wrong side.

skeeterbite on April 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Apology not accepted by me.
In the “crucify” clip, he said that ” this is what I say to my staff …”
What he said is EXACTLY how he operated. And was damn proud of it.

Jabberwock on April 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

“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. …

Nothing like adding insult to injury. Does anyone really think this hack would publicly say something like that if there wasn’t a general attitude within the EPA that encouraged that attitude? Of course he wouldn’t. A fish rots at the head first and this one stinks to high heaven.

RadClown on April 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

besser tot als rot on April 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I hear ya’. Just ask yourself if Romney would appoint that guy to any position in his administration.

I think not. He was too good of a business man for that.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The EPA, OSHA, etc. should not be writing, passing, and enforcing the laws. Congress needs to take back their authority and responsibility in the lawmaking process!

weaselyone on April 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

they pass regulations… that is until some one in Congress thinks it would be a great law and that is how it becomes one.

regulations are not the same as laws.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Just some more of that “do as your told”…….”or else”.

GarandFan on April 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM

April 17, 2012 – EPA issued cost-effective regulations, required by the Clean Air Act, to reduce harmful air pollution from the oil and natural gas industry while allowing continued, responsible growth in U.S. oil and natural gas production

http://www.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/

So much for the Oil and Gas boom in ND and PA. The wheels of progress grind to a halt. The historically low Natural Gas prices will double within the next couple of years.

weaselyone on April 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

As far as I’m concerned they can take their apology and stick it where the sun don’t shine. I’d like to see them highlighted in another thread. A thread about unemployment or overcrowded jails.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I wasn’t offended. Actually, it was nice to hear an honest powerwhore for once.

bernverdnardo1 on April 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Trickle Down Corruption

Bridge2Gravina on April 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

The EPA’s Richard Armendariz apologized late last night

Dont you love these leftwing lunatics? When they get caught with their pants down, they simply believe words will make it OK again. NOT! The EPA’s job is to destroy business, this has always been the case, and always will! The EPA, amongst many other federal agencies needs to be deleted.

TX-96 on April 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

So much for the Oil and Gas boom in ND and PA. The wheels of progress grind to a halt. The historically low Natural Gas prices will double within the next couple of years.

weaselyone on April 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

really? You do know that the EPA passes this crap just so the oil and gas companies (and drilling comps) go to them with a waizer of liability for MONEY!

That is how it works… in the real world, we call it extortion.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Let’s hope they keep forgetting there is the internet,video,and YouTube out there plus blog sites like this.May they continue to squat in the woods,s**t and fall back in it.

docflash on April 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Be interesting to see if Blowhard O’Reilly takes up the cudgel tonight. He’ll almost have to, what with Inhofe’s gig on Fox & Friends.

a capella on April 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Unfortunately the only solution is to vote these bums out. And hopefully Mittens will have the stones to get rid of the EPA once and for all(or at least not stand in the way of the GOP Congress defunding them).

Doughboy on April 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Oh…that’s not the only solution. (spit)

Abiss on April 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

they pass regulations… that is until some one in Congress thinks it would be a great law and that is how it becomes one.

regulations are not the same as laws

True, but they do have the same effect as laws.
As an environmental professional I can go to jail for violating the “Clean Air Act”, even if I only violated a regulation that was put in place 25 years after the “law” was passed.

Call it what you want. If it is enforceable by the government and punishable by fines and/or jail, it absolutely should pass through a legislative body.

weaselyone on April 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

“if I wanted America to Fail…”

John the Libertarian on April 26, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Cruci-FICTION!

kozmocostello on April 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The EPA Administrator’s comments reveal far more than the short quip he made. It speaks volumes as to the EPA and environmentalist’s objectives.

I once read where, once trained, an elephant would stay tied to it’s post with but a thin piece of rope, not realizing it could break free with a minimal effort. That’s how this country has become. We’re tied to the weak demands of the environmentalists when in actuality, we could free ourselves from the tyranny if we had the desire. I think it’s time this elephant of a country move and step on these eco terrorists.

iamsaved on April 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

weaselyone on April 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Not so fast:

The final rules are expected to yield a nearly 95 percent reduction in VOC emissions from more than 11,000 new hydraulically fractured gas wells each year. This significant reduction would be accomplished primarily through capturing natural gas that currently escapes into the air, and making that gas available for sale. The rules also will reduce air toxics, which are known or suspected of causing cancer and other serious health effects, and emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

The oil and gas industry already does this. Its been a long time since I saw a well that burned off the natural gas.

This looks like one of those government feel good regulations.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM

At the very least, that EPA guy needs to be pink slipped.

Voter from WA State on April 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

No Way !
Janet at Homeland Security wants him in TSA to “crucify” little 4 year olds in airports.

Jabberwock on April 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM

True, but they do have the same effect as laws.
As an environmental professional I can go to jail for violating the “Clean Air Act”, even if I only violated a regulation that was put in place 25 years after the “law” was passed.

Call it what you want. If it is enforceable by the government and punishable by fines and/or jail, it absolutely should pass through a legislative body.

weaselyone on April 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

umm that is why they have “waivers”. To get past the regulation, you have to submit a form to the EPA and the other state agencies like a DEC (Dept of Enviro Conservation), to ask for a mandate of waiver. It costs (depending on state and the EPA) anywhere from 250 dollars up to 10K, and they have to provide a bond.

All it is, is a way to get more money out of companies. They don’t just do it to oil and gas, they do it to anyone who has to burn. Oil and Gas companies flare their gas when it is critically high in the tanks… but even that is considered a violation.

Look it up if you would rather not believe me.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Single out a few offenders and crucify them

That is exactly what the SEC does! They do this with a civil lawsuit, since they need to manufacture evidence to make it stick, then they single out low level people in the industry who don’t have the money to fight them in civil court.

Vince on April 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

My comment on the other thread above is to say that every dang agency in the government does this in one way or another. There’s not a lot we can do about it since they aren’t elected.

Vince on April 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM

After we hack and burn down the EPA until it is 1/10th the size that it is now, we need to find management that will fix the wrongs done over the last ten years at least. We need to advertise to find businessmen and land owners that have been screwed by the EPA and have management skills on their resume, and put them in charge.

We need to drop all un-legislated regulations written by the EPA, and let Congress know that if they want those regulations that they have to write the legislation to do so, starting with the horsecrap about CO2 being a pollutant.

Then do the same for the FDA, both DOEs, DHHS, etc. I want the ads to say “if you have been screwed by the EPA, we have a job for you…”

We may also have to modify civil-service rules to get rid of communists like Armendariz that have been burrowing in for the last twenty years.

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

All of these government thugs are being outed… like the TSA thugs who practically crucified the little girl who hugged her grandmother (and now there’s another little girl who got the treatment), and the TSA goons who allowed drugs to go through checkpoints in exchange for cash…all these stories of the SS out of control. The mask of respectability is slipping…with our country in such catastrophic debt, and REAL people everywhere scared about their future and feeling crushing financial pain, there’s no better time than NOW to demand an end to this madness…

ellifint on April 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

This looks like one of those government feel good regulations.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM

that is exactly what it is. More BS regulations, that you need money for a waiver to do what you were doing 3 yrs ago.

Stupidity cycle run amok.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

This better make the MSM across the board. If this had happened during the Bush administration, they would be yelling from the roof top.

At the very least, that EPA guy needs to be pink slipped.

Voter from WA State on April 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Don’t hold your breath waiting. I won’t, especially after doing a quick Internet search.

Drained Brain on April 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Endeavor (to)
Punish
Americans

antipc on April 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I would love love love for Palin to run the EPA. What a hoot!

NJ Red on April 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I would love love love to see it wiped out of existence. Right along with the Dept. of Ed.

katy the mean old lady on April 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Note to the upper level management of the EPA. I suggest you get a dictionary and carefully look up the words “You are Fired“. I suspect they will soon become very important words in your lives.

SWalker on April 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

They must know this is bad to apologize so quickly.

There must be more out there.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I’m sure there is more. The Sackett’s are just one of many stories of EPA thuggery. They are attempting to move on from this as quickly as possible. Before we get day after day of the EPA going out after legitimate businesses and homeowners just trying to live their lives.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The apology won’t fool anyone.

This. Because we’re not stupid.

redwhiteblue on April 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

we’re all about being ethical fair

Because what could be more fair than arbitrary abuse of power?

Kenosha Kid on April 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Stupidity cycle run amok.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Do y’all still burn off a lot of gas up there?

Some of the new fields in ND are pretty new and may not have the infrastructure yet to capture waste gas.

It doesn’t take much to make capturing those gasses cost effective.

That’s why the linked regulation is so dumb. Its already being done for profit.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Save Social Security! Take the EPA’s budget.

Marcus Traianus on April 26, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Job #1 – Abolish the EPA.

Tim_CA on April 26, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Not to worry, the EPA is ethically trying to figure out a way to resurrect the ban on dust that’s raised while farming. Removing the pitter-patter of kids little feet running about the farm doing their chores was a first step. Next will be soft, broad clothed, coverlets for the livestock’s feet to reduce the dust even more when they plod about the pasture.

iamsaved on April 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The thuggish Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendarizs should have been FIRED BY NOW !!

An investigation should be launched to see if criminality is involved with the practices outlined by Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz !!

BigSven on April 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Do y’all still burn off a lot of gas up there?

Some of the new fields in ND are pretty new and may not have the infrastructure yet to capture waste gas.

It doesn’t take much to make capturing those gasses cost effective.

That’s why the linked regulation is so dumb. Its already being done for profit.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

they use to.. until the EPA came in and said it was a waste of gas. HELLO WTF are we suppose to SEND IT? SO what they do now is have a permit to re-inject into the formation via a UIC well. But occasionally they still have to flare, due to certain gases and the formation overloaded.

The if there is a flare, the oil/drilling/gas companies have to call a flipping EPA or environmental moron up to “watch” the flare happen. I will admit, flaring is flipping cool!

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

iamsaved on April 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Not too long ago, I would have castigated some one for posting something so goofy. With this administration however…

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Dismember the EPA, HUD, IRS, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Interior, and defund the United Nations. All good places to start saving money.

SouthernGent on April 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

An investigation should be launched to see if criminality is involved with the practices outlined by Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz !!

BigSven on April 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Have you been skipping your indoctrination classes again? Of course everything the EPA does is 100 percent legal and above the board, their part of the government, and the government never does anything illegal.

SWalker on April 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

If you want Romney to have power to exercise and leadership bestowed, then STOP using the snark “mittens”. You think you are wise and funny, but you are really derisive and not helping. If you want Romney to have the respect he will need to correct the overreaching of obama, then treat him with respect now. “Romney”, “Mr.Romney” “Mitt Romney”, but never “mittens”. You are playing into the hands of the mainstream marxist press.

I know that this is hard, for all you that supported the other “better”, “more conservative” anndidates as I did, but get over it and get with the program if you want to change things.

If as you never quit saying that Romney will not change anything (I disagree) than 2016 will be third party time. If you don’t get with the program now, however, then there is a good chance we will not get to 2016.

Old Country Boy on April 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The mask of respectability is slipping…with our country in such catastrophic debt, and REAL people everywhere scared about their future and feeling crushing financial pain, there’s no better time than NOW to demand an end to this madness…

ellifint on April 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

You forgot the GSA upper management that thought spending $800K on clowns and commemorative coins. You also forgot about a Secretary of Defense who thinks nothing about jetting off to California every weekend at $32K a trip. For that matter you forgot the vacation addicted first family who think nothing of sending the first brat off to Mexico on a school trip even though 24 Secret Service agents had to go along.

We are looking at officials completely out of control.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I will admit, flaring is flipping cool!

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Yep. I used to figure distance to a destination at night by the waste gas being burned in different oil patches. Easier than using the stars, and before mile markers.

Dang, I’m gettin’ old.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

And hopefully the light bulb will pop off.

Washington Nearsider on April 26, 2012 at 10:47 A

It takes longer for the lib’s curlyQ bulbs to brighten up.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Are we allowed to actually grab some of these people and actually TAR and FEATHER them…carry them on a rail and display them… in front of the Parrot Press…AND THEN APOLIGIZE????……….why not?

KOOLAID2 on April 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

The media is going to miss their self righteous outburst.

Exxon missed earnings estimates this morning. Thank God.

IlikedAUH2O on April 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Call it what you want. If it is enforceable by the government and punishable by fines and/or jail, it absolutely should pass through a legislative body.

weaselyone on April 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I want to to make something very clear. There is already legal “bodies” who regulate these.. and it is within everyones state. They all also work together as a regulatory party, but are in now way under federal jurisdiction. Go google Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). They are the lead for states doing their own regulations. Ed, put up a thread on how Obama’s signed an executive order that does the EXACT same thing that these state commission do… and in essence will be taking the responsibility away from the states and their land and you will have to go through the feds to get a drilling permit.

Be very leary… I am very disturbed about this.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Be very leary… I am very disturbed about this.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Step by step, slowly and carefully Obama is nationalizing the American Energy Industry.

SWalker on April 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” ~ Maximus Decimus Meridius

Crucify Armendariz. Give him a taste of his own hell.

Roy Rogers on April 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I would assert that there is a whole lot more to this “crucifixion” tact that the EPA administrator spoke about. I have seen enough of these scandals over the years to know that you apologize immediately and often when you want no further scrutiny.

Senator Inhofe, look behind the curtain. Do a better job than Darrel Issa has done on Solyndra and Fast & Furious at investigating and exposing it. (Wow, house leadership is impotent.). Voters must know what this administration stands for.

h a p f a t on April 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Anything that hurts America and her people is top priority for this administration. And he has the nerve to run for office again.

NJ Red on April 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Here all you need to know about the Current Regime:

If it enhances dependency and tyranny they’re all for it.

If it Downgrades Liberty they’re for it.

If it supports Liberty, they’re against it.

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater Change and a greater Evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder. Frédéric Bastiat

Chip on April 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

You forgot the GSA upper management that thought spending $800K on clowns and commemorative coins. You also forgot about a Secretary of Defense who thinks nothing about jetting off to California every weekend at $32K a trip. For that matter you forgot the vacation addicted first family who think nothing of sending the first brat off to Mexico on a school trip even though 24 Secret Service agents had to go along.

We are looking at officials completely out of control.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

~~~~~~~~~~

Absolutely, completely out of control. Talk about culture of corruption…I hope every rock is overturned.

ellifint on April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Are we allowed to actually grab some of these people and actually TAR and FEATHER them…carry them on a rail and display them… in front of the Parrot Press…AND THEN APOLIGIZE????……….why not?

KOOLAID2 on April 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Well, have you done an environmental impact study, gotten the appropriate permits for feather use, and occupancy license for public demonstrations?

Seriously though, we really do need to make an example of Mr. Armendariz and a few others.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

SWalker on April 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

first we need to de-regulate. second we need to de-regulate.

Did I mention we need to de-regulate?

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Be very leary… I am very disturbed about this.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

You would think letting local folks decide what is best for each state would be a “no brainer”.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The Obama EPA is all about “ethical enforcement” in the same way that the Obama DOJ is all about “colorblind justice.”

AZCoyote on April 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The EPA is just one of a long list of government agencies that need to go away. That’s unemployment I can live with.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

You would think letting local folks decide what is best for each state would be a “no brainer”.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

here is the problem… the locals don’t have a clue and think feds are the answer when they don’t even know about what is around their own state.

I love when they say “let the Feds do this” and I say, you do realize the state already has this.. and then they say “oh”. *facepalm*

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

BHO’s war on America continues…this guy told the truth and has now apologized for it.

d1carter on April 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Right, and what it means to be ethical is subject to their own definition so to them it’s ethical to persecute and crucify legitimate, legal businesses and seek to bankrupt a couple who tried to build a home on land zoned for residential purposes.

smfic on April 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

here is the problem… the locals don’t have a clue and think feds are the answer when they don’t even know about what is around their own state.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Maybe up there. Down here there are a lot of folks knowledgeable about oil & gas. That’s why the “frack-quake” stories didn’t last long. As long as they don’t recruit bureaucrats out of Austin, things here, and in OK work pretty well. LA, not so much.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

BHO’s war on America continues…this guy told the truth and has now apologized for it.

d1carter on April 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Um…. He did not apologize. Not really.

“I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,”

All he said was that he was sorry if his words offended. The fact of the matter is that the EPA practice of thuggery continues and the bastard hasn’t apologized for that. I’m sick and tired of these non-apologies being pawned off as some sort of sign of real remorse be it Mr. Armendariz or Hilary Rosen attacking stay-at-home moms. It’s not the offensive words that are offensive it is the arrogance that the EPA openly admits arbitrary application of the law to force compliance of the entire industry.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The ONLY solution to the EPA’s illegal behaviour is a round or two of very public MASS FIRINGS and a MASSIVE CUT IN EPA FUNDING!!!

Go get ‘em, Inhoff!!!

landlines on April 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

well in Texas it might be different, but overall it is like what I described.

I think we should keep some agencies. Such as the USGS Earthquake/Volcano and Tsunami centers. They do provide a service to the public that does keep us safe, to some degree. I also think there are some EPA inner agencies like safe drinking water that provide a good service, as we all like clean drinking water.

There are some things that are good, but 90% can be tossed out.

upinak on April 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Used to be that moonshiners shot the revenuers.
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BTW, where’s canopfor?

OkieDoc on April 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

All of these government thugs are being outed… like the TSA thugs who practically crucified the little girl who hugged her grandmother (and now there’s another little girl who got the treatment), and the TSA goons who allowed drugs to go through checkpoints in exchange for cash…all these stories of the SS out of control. The mask of respectability is slipping…with our country in such catastrophic debt, and REAL people everywhere scared about their future and feeling crushing financial pain, there’s no better time than NOW to demand an end to this madness…

ellifint on April 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Cloward & Piven my freind, all in an effort to demoralize, and judging by many of the comments I have seen (not just here) it`s working.

NY Conservative on April 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

EPA: Hey, sorry about that whole “crucify” thing, we’re all about being ethical

Yeah, like the inquisition.

Speakup on April 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The EPA folks that were on the other side of the Sackett case should see the inside of a jail. if only for a few months. That is the only way to stop this egregious behavior by our administration.

Nobody except Bernie Madoff went to jail for his crime although the SEC had been warned about his scheming a couple years earlier. Losing your job for a “difference of opinion” as to how to do your job is no big thing. Losing your job for criminal negligence or the EPA’s egregious behavior should mean JAIL.

KenInIL on April 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The magnitude of the clean-up job is frightening. And I mean the clean up that must be done at a number of federal regulatory agencies, not just EPA.

Federal agencies are positively infested with cretinous thugs just like this one. They are encouraged when the likes of Lisa Jackson are appointed to run the agencies.

novaculus on April 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I hope Inhofe crucifies Armendariz in a Senate committee hearing.

blammm on April 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Yup. And I’m sorry about the whole “SUKK IT,” you apparatchik fascist thang.

locomotivebreath1901 on April 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

This is the EPA trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Closing pages of :Atlas Shrugged”:

“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade…”

We are a long way from this point. I would say we are only on page 475, the Nationalization of the Copper Mines (or in our case, the Argentinian nationalization of oil fields, abrogating their agreement with Spain. We have a long ugly road to go before we are going to assert the rights of free men again. In fact, given Gibson Guitar, we are still in the mindset that punishment and demonetization of Companies is Good for the Economy, the “environment” and the Nation.

Sorry.

Bulletchaser on April 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

“You’re going to treat people The Peopole like the Romans crucified the church? Get real,” he said.

Fixed it for him.

unclesmrgol on April 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

“I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,”

..liberal translation: ” I can’t believe I got caught exposing our agenda”
Baxter Greene on April 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

They’re trying to pretend this was some kind of slip-of-the-tongue. I heard the tape. The guy didn’t just use the word “crucify” off the cuff as a figure of speech.

He described in detail how the Romans tortured people completely at random in the villages they pillaged in order to terrorize the rest into compliance, and then he expounded on exactly how the EPA was implementing those same practices now.

You’ll never hear a liberal actually explain anything like any normal person would; they’ll never be able to say: “Here’s the word I actually MEANT to use….” It just doesn’t happen. All they do is deny, obfuscate, and accuse everyone who heard them of failing to comprehend how wonderful their intentions are. And there’s a reason for that. Because whenever ever try to clarify a statement, it always ends up even more horrifically inexcusable than it sounded the first time around.

logis on April 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

This government has become the enemy of its own citizens.

Cicero43 on April 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I agree. America was a beautiful idea, but its federal bureaucracy now exists only to torture and punish the people. King George III was nothing compared to these devils.

Herald of Woe on April 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The methodology, for jamming regulations down communities throats, voiced by EPA’s Richard Armendariz is heinous and unacceptable.

At quick blush, his methods appear contrary to the 4th Amendment, also the 1st and 10th Amendments of the US Constitution. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE IN CONGRESS?? Rights are being trampled !!

AS a minimum, EPA’s Richard Armendariz described methods, should spark an investigation into possible criminality of all EPA methodology !!

BigSven on April 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Senator Inhofe, please make sure you also scrutinize the USACE/FEMA nexus that overlaps the EPA in your investigation.

Between creating “natural surges” in long tamed levied farmland flood plains in the mid-west, finding endangered lizards in the desert, wetlands everywhere, potential cultural artifact repositories all over the place we are denying ourselves our own resources.

It’s nucking futz and people need to be held accountable for the arbitrary and intentionally devestating actions of these high priced regulators. Who get pensions in their 50′s btw.

DanMan on April 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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