Exciting new EPA enforcement method revealed: Single out a few offenders and crucify them

posted at 8:41 am on April 26, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

Well it’s not new exactly, just new to the intertubes, but it certainly explains a lot. From the Foundry via Weasel Zippers:

This clip actually originated from Sen. James Inhofe’s office so thankfully the GOP is already on this. A little more background from the Senator’s press release:

Not long after Administrator Armendariz made these comments in 2010, EPA targeted US natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.  In all three of these cases, EPA initially made headline-grabbing statements either insinuating or proclaiming outright that the use of hydraulic fracturing by American energy producers was the cause of water contamination, but in each case their comments were premature at best – and despite their most valiant efforts, they have been unable to find any sound scientific evidence to make this link.

Probably the most offensive thing about this clip, aside from the crucifixion analogy, is the implication that the EPA singles out potential offenders to make an example of on a random basis. To be sure, fostering fear through arbitrary, and unduly punitive enforcement actions can be an effective means of ensuring broad compliance. But it’s not exactly in line with the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

Expect to hear much more about this.

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tullius on April 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

That’s just a minor detail, not knowing anything about the Romans beyond their crucifying their enemies.

He doesn’t have to know the real whys and what fors. He’s just not stupid enough to know that it’s a signal for all his fellow totalitarians that he’s doing his part to advance their real intentions.

PatriotGal2257 on April 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Crude words but I agree with the sentiment.

If we had minimal regulation with clear rules, parameters and lines for business to funtion within and then smashed the businesses and the CEO’s who broke those rules, the free market system would be a better, more efficient system.

As it is now, there is no distinction between the regulators and the regulated. It’s a giant, corrupt circle jerk.

rickyricardo on April 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The Nazi and Bolshevic Party funtionaries did this also on a much larger scale. Both sides did it in the civil war in China.

burt on April 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I was incensed by this video clip until I saw it. Now I have to say, conservatives had better be careful with this one or they are going to see it backfire on them. Badly.

This dude is not claiming authority to go after oil companies unilaterally. He is basically saying, “I don’t have enough agents to enforce the law, so what I have to do is find some high-profile case and prosecute it to the fullest extent of the law, so that the rest of the industry takes note.” Gosh durn it, that sounds downright conservative when you think about it. Isn’t that a way to save money? Why are we for harsh enforcement of law anyway? Isn’t it because we believe in disincentivizing evildoers?

If the law is bad, change the law. But don’t blame the EPA for trying to enforce bad law.

JoseQuinones on April 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Nice islamic revisionist history, I see:

muslim Turks were victims of Romans, yabada yabada. Fact is islam was not invented yet, and the Turks ancestors were still thousands of kilometers away living in a dirt pit.

The little inconvenient fact is that muslims conquered Constantinopole 1400+ years LATER raping and killing and converting anyone in sight, and they are still occupying it after 600 years.

Why even bother – if a moron of this magnitude can occupy a position above a janitor… oh wait.. there is another one in the White House with the same brilliant intelligence and education.

Rookie on April 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

You notice, also, how with all of Obama’s recent rhetoric how he never mentions the fact that both – government involvement of student loans and the unchecked, unregulated increase of tuition costs at universities and colleges – never get mentioned in his speeches…

This is why these people are so dangerous… When they make up their own history, make up their own data, deliberately misstate the facts, and fearmonger – using a willing & compliant conspirator in the media… You only need a few well placed individuals to cause a lot of damage… Ayers & Dorn are not far away from their goal, to destroy this country, they just realized that it takes time and well-positioned disciples who can do more destruction than any bomb. The truth can get lost, and so can the people. Slavery didn’t just appear. Neither does nazism, socialism, or communism.

This election is by far the most important than any we have seen in the past 30+ years. These people are no different than the Bolsheviks with people – like this guy in the video above – making up their liberal secret police. Put aside any concerns some of you may have about Romney & make sure to get out & vote this November. Nothing could be worse than a 2nd term of this president, ruling with unions and executive orders galore!

Danny on April 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

This clown will be packing soon.

Amazingoly on April 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

So now we have video evidence of what the people at the EPA think their job is. We have seen other evidence, like committing Lawfare attacks on private citizens and companies all over the country.

This guy is yet another reason to punt The Emperor Zero into the dustbin.

dogsoldier on April 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Look on the bright side: at least he isn’t mouthing the party line about some “all of the above” energy policy. The truth. How refreshing that someone comes out to the public about what fascists these people are.

totherightofthem on April 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

JoseQuinones on April 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Then why is the EPA wasting resources on nonsense like this, unless their agenda is something other than “strictly enforcing the law”?

This is only one of hundreds of examples that could be cited. Morgen Richmond cited three others in this very post.

Thanks for playing, moby.

jaime on April 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

You know who makes examples out of people? Fascist and Communist states, that’s who. That’s where Obummer is taking us, my friends. And if we don’t smack these people down hard, and right now, well then we deserve what we get for sitting back on our arses while our freedoms are eroded one by one. And if you won’t vote for Romney because he’s not everything you dreamed about in a Republican/conservative candidate, then stupid is as stupid does. Don’t come crying to me afterwards when they come to take your family and your property away.

Pilgrimsarbour on April 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

@JoseQuinones Nonsense! He’s talking about going after individual property owners. Listen closely to the analogy; it’s all about going after the little guy in order to force compliance from the general population. There’s no Big Oil in view here. The individual is the most vulnerable of all targets. The average citizen/property owner does not have the resources to combat the federal government, so he has no choice but to buckle under to squirrely little arseholes like this guy. Aggressive enforcement of idiotic laws gives him his greatest pleasure in life.

Pilgrimsarbour on April 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Yeah, all right. He does say the word “companies” at the end, but I think that’s an after-thought in his all-encompassing scheme of enforcing compliance. The analogy holds more for individuals who do not have the resources to resist.

Pilgrimsarbour on April 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Using the environment as an excuse to wipe out democracy. It’s that simple.

MaiDee on April 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I’ll be completely honest here. If I had to deal with this little turd in person, I would be hard-pressed to restrain myself from slamming his smarmy little face in my desk drawer a few times. The fear he wants to instill in his “subjects” is the same fear he needs to feel whenever he makes any regulatory decision. Being a petty, trifling tyrant needs to become a hazardous occupation again.

Nom de Boom on April 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Where do the libs think the electricity for their little electric cars will come from? Oh, that’s right…they don’t think, they “feel”.

RonRon on April 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Using the old Northeast Mafia tactics similar to a protection racket . Break some legs then the rest will fall

in line. The little twerp in the video hardly appears to be anything but a jewelry salesman. There’s a real deception

with these commie libs. they look cute but are cutthroat bastards. They all have that Trevon cutsie look the media

adorns them with.

Texyank on April 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Rome’s Bureaucrats Better than the EPA’s at Increasing Prosperity!A comparison, with graphics, of how Rome’s takeovers left areas prosperous, whereas Obama/Government interference has the opposite effect. For example, PAX ROMANA vs POX OBAMA. In conclusion — Rome knew how to create wealth. And, despite the fact that Roman soldiers had little qualms about inflicting pain, I would also argue they showed more compassion during their crucifixions than the EPA does during theirs.

Mutnodjmet on April 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM

The video is currently blocked. “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge.”

pt on April 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM