Ousted EPA administrator vows to “stop the construction of any new coal plants in Texas”

posted at 12:36 pm on August 6, 2012 by Rob Bluey

Al Armendariz’s big mouth cost him his job as a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Now that he’s working for the Sierra Club, Armendariz appears even more opinionated about the industry he once regulated.

In his first comments since resigning from EPA in April, Armendariz unloaded on the coal industry, called President Obama the most environmental president ever, and attacked the state of Texas for fighting the EPA in court. He also addressed the controversy surrounding his comments comparing the EPA’s philosophy to the brutal tactics used by the ancient Roman army to intimidate its adversaries.

Armendariz’s most pointed comments to the Texas Tribune came on the subject of coal. He’s spearheading the EPA’s Beyond Coal campaign in Texas, which, according to Armendariz, basically amounts to destroying the industry.

TT: What made you decide to join the Sierra Club?

Armendariz: The coal industry is destroying communities, it’s poisoning our air and our water and our land. And it’s damaging our climate in Texas. And I am very concerned about what climate change is going to do to this state, and I’m very concerned about the role of the coal industry in causing climate change. I wanted to join an organization with a track record of success in taking on the coal industry, and I wanted to join an organization that I felt I could contribute to, and contribute to additional success. And I found that in the Sierra Club and in the coal campaign.

TT: So you’re going to be working with the Beyond Coal campaign. What does that mean you’ll be doing exactly?

Armendariz: I have a small handful of objectives. The first is to stop the construction of any new coal plants in Texas. And also to stop the expansion of any additional coal exports from Texas ports [to] overseas. The second objective is to work on the transition … to clean renewable sources of energy. And the third objective is to work really with all of the stakeholders in the state to further the development of renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar and geothermal.

TT: If we shut down coal plants, we still obviously have to get power. Is natural gas part of the solution?

Armendariz: My principal objective is to replace our use of coal with renewable energy sources like wind and solar and geothermal, with efforts at energy efficiency to reduce demand. If we’re going to use natural gas to replace some of the existing coal capacity, I think we should use it as little as possible. And if we’re going to use it, I do think it is incumbent on the natural gas industry to assure the highest standards of protection to the air and the water of the communities that live near the natural gas fields.

When he asked by the Texas Tribune about America’s natural gas boom — thanks to oft-maligned fracking technology — Armendariz, not surpringly, voiced alarm as well. It would seem he wants to rely solely on renewable energy, which accounted for approximately 9% of U.S. energy consumption in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. See chart below.

Can the United States produce enough electricity from wind, solar and geothermal? According to the government’s own data, wind accounted for 1.20% of energy consumption in 2011, solar was at 0.16% and geothermal was slightly better at 0.23%. Those numbers are minuscule compared to coal’s 20%, and yet Armendariz is now on a warpath to destroy the coal industry.

Interestingly, Armendariz said in the interview he enjoyed good relations with the energy industry as an EPA administrator. That would contrast sharply with his comments in the video that surfaced earlier this year describing the EPA’s approach:

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 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. And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there.

Armendariz later apologized and resigned. Texas Tribune didn’t ask him about his comments directly, but did wonder why he skipped a U.S. House hearing this spring. Armendariz said it wouldn’t have been productive in light of his registration in April.

Another interesting tidbit: Armendariz said it was unfortunate the state of Texas wouldn’t work in “partnership with the EPA”. Attorney General Greg Abbott took the EPA to court instead, attacking regulations imposed by government bureaucrats at EPA.

Despite some complaints from the environmentalist left that President Obama hasn’t done enough, Armendariz is still high on his old boss. “I think really without hesitation that he is going to go down as the most environmental of any of our presidents,” he said.


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b-b-but… without coal, what’s going to power the Austin Volt Village?

DarthBrooks on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

and how much of our tax money goes to this communist front-group?

Lost in Jersey on August 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

This is the face of the enemy…

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

He should be in a home without power, for four years. Because electricity is civilization.

NaCly dog on August 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Yes!!!

Let’s make our energy costs the most expensive in the world!! That’ll show those third world idiots how to do it.

Slightly O/T – This morning my local NPR station did a segment on the Curiosity rover. They did 1 minute on how great it was for research and 3 minutes on how we needed to make sure we didn’t ruin the Martian environment.

BacaDog on August 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

They won’t be happy until we are all getting around like this:

http://pedalcloud.com/

Bishop on August 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

this guys needs ‘liberating’.

eco-tyrant. this guy would be railing against clockwise windmills if renewable windmills were the only power on earth.

orbitalair on August 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Screw him and his greenie buddies.

The people of Texas won’t stand for this delusional BS.

Ragspierre on August 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Wouldn’t it be funny if Mr. Armendariz suddenly found himself unable to purchase any electricity or petroleum products.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

It MUST be renewable! Just like those Li Ion batteries in the Chevy Volt. Oh wait, those aren’t renewable? Never mind.

LeftCoastRight on August 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

He is an idiot. His education in science and economics is no better than his education in ancient history. Ivy League again?

pat on August 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

and 3 minutes on how we needed to make sure we didn’t ruin the Martian environment.

BacaDog on August 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

ROTFLMAO… What environment… Near vacuum, check. Hazardous radiation levels, check. No Water, check. What imbeciles.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Now that he doesn’t have to worry about 0bama’s reelection he can be for flexible.

cozmo on August 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I fought regulators similar to this for 25 yrs within local, state and federal agencies. This guy is among the worst from all impressions but without administration support within the EPA his voice would be relatively moot. Hope Texas kicks his scrawny, worthless A$$.

koaiko on August 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Why is this guy not in jail yet? Bubba-Joe the 7’2″ inmate says he’s pretty.

Archivarix on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I am so thankful for Abbott helping our state in court against bho/team/epa/etc! And Abbott is winning a great number of suits, IIRC! bho/team hates TX almost worse than any other state and he has done his best to show it?
L

letget on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

This is the face of the enemy…

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

+1000

d1carter on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The Sierra Club is a terrorist organization.

The environmentalists and their use of the courts to obstruct the construction of, well, nearly ANYTHING is one of the areas SCREAMING for tort reform.

For these enviro nitwits to try to sue construction out of existence they should have to post a bond equal to that of what the delay is costing the property owner. If they can’t post the bond, they can’t sue. They lose, they forfeit the bond.

wildcat72 on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

He should be in a home without power, for four years. Because electricity is civilization.

NaCly dog on August 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The past 3 years, I’ve lost power to my house, twice in the Summer and once in the Winter.

I wasn’t without power for very long, about a day for the Summer outtages and 3 days for the Winter outtage … but it gives you just a taste of what life is like without it -

and your post is dead-on.

May it be so. Oh, and in a perfect world, may every American Commie live in a Soviet style Utopia.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

We need to crucify all federal government payments to the Sierra Club, and their lawyers.

WhatNot on August 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The EPA Needs to be deleted. Texas better stand up for itself, and I believe it will do so even more forcefully with CRUZ’s help.

TX-96 on August 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Sierra Club is a joke…when I was working to minimize the impact of drift nets off the California coast, the Sierra Club would not back us because the commercial fisherman gave so much money to them…they stated that at a meeting right to our face.

If we could guarantee them more money, than they could afford to back the policy of helping the environment, they were very direct.

So we got the law passed without their help…and then they wanted to take credit.

Just a bunch of environmental whores…

right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

“registration” with the sierra club presumably

t8stlikchkn on August 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I fought regulators similar to this for 25 yrs within local, state and federal agencies. This guy is among the worst from all impressions but without administration support within the EPA his voice would be relatively moot. Hope Texas kicks his scrawny, worthless A$$.

koaiko on August 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Texas and other states need to start ignoring the EPA when their regulations conflict with state law. How many divisions does the federal courts have anyway?

wildcat72 on August 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

And also to stop the expansion of any additional coal exports from Texas ports [to] overseas.

Yeah, like that’s gonna’ happen.

cozmo on August 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

He’s trying to make the world a better place for us all. Those crucifixion victims? A small price to pay for the collective good.

a capella on August 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I wish he would champion the elusive double your mileage carburator instead.

tomg51 on August 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Hey Al, remember when the Dallas superbowl had to buy energy from Mexico because the wind energy had frozen and couldn’t be used?

Al’s just another little jerk that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Eren on August 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

He’s spearheading the EPA’s Beyond Coal campaign in Texas

I thought he quit the EPA? Is this supposed to say “the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal”?

Either way, good luck with that in Texas. We don’t take too kindly to interference from academics with an ax to grind who are too scrawny to actually swing a real ax.

natasha333 on August 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

The Obama EPA. Another reason to vote for Mitt Romney in November.

magicbeans on August 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

As long as natural gas is and looks to remain cheap you won’t find anyone trying to build coal-fired plants anyway.

The process needed to get the coal out of the ground, transported, pulverized, and into whatever’s going to burn it is a hassle and relies on equipment with a lot of moving parts.

By comparison, gas comes out of a pipe. It’s all cheaper to build and much, much cheaper to maintain, and you’ve got a lot more flexibility in the type of generating unit you can build.

JEM on August 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

ok mr. EPA pontius Pilate what you’re saying is we have to destroy the EPA entirely then…..

don’t worry we’re on it

harlekwin15 on August 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

These EPA people are drunk with power. Every once in awhile some of their antics makes the news and I just shake my head. They are very far from protecting the environment but up to date forming a government within the government.

mixplix on August 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Subsidizing electricity rates for half the country will be Obama’s next great form of wealth redistribution.

We’ll hear stories of elders and children freezing to death in tiny apartments. Heat will become a civil right.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Sidebar:

On this anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, let’s talk nuclear energy … K, Al?

It sure worked fine on August 6, 1945.

Side-Sidebar:

Disappointed that there is not a thread commemorating the bombing. I have no doubt that it saved my dad’s life, and tens of thousands, or more, of other American boys – who would’ve been forced to invade those islands full of pathological fanatics.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

What do you think ‘smart grid’ is/was all about ???

This very thing.

orbitalair on August 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

We’ll hear stories of elders and children freezing to death in tiny apartments. Heat will become a civil right.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

In the socialist Mecca of France, hundreds of elderly people smothered to death during a heatwave some years back because there was no air conditioning and most doctors were in the middle of their government-guaranteed vacations.

Of course, the only time that ever gets mentioned is when people from the South, like myself, travel to Europe or talk to other Southerners who have and the subject of air conditioning comes up.

teke184 on August 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Buckeye Sam so for half the year the north gets free power and no power despite the bill, and the other half the south in reverse…..

if only there was a concept that allowed society to have an organization strive to provide power to people year round and strive to offer as much power as society felt it needed……
you know free to offer goods in a commercial market way like say a “free market” if you will with unfettered access to the mineral wealth they own or lease and all….

harlekwin15 on August 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It’s a religion.

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

The ousted EPA administrator is the one that needs to be stopped…..

Texas will do what it damned well wants too.

The feds be damned.

redguy on August 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

My father in law was training for the first wave. Being an amphib tank commander on Siapan, Tinnian and Iwo-Jima, he would have been in the first wave. Those bombs save his life.

As for the thread, it is more AP’s cup of tea.

Or maybe waiting for the Nagasaki bomb and cover both.

cozmo on August 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

He should be in a home without power, for four years. Because electricity is civilization.

NaCly dog on August 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Naahh. Building homes requires power too. He should be required to live without any of the benefits of electric-powered civilization. Not a single one. And he has to obey all the laws in his locality. But he doesn’t get help from the police, firemen, or emergency medicine, because none of them can do their jobs without electric power.

J.E. Dyer on August 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

There is no use for the EPA. Every state, most counties and most cities of any size implement their regulations already. FEMA can handle the rest and FEMA needs to be the next target as well. 3% disaster loans in the hands of the impacted people can handle the emergency aspects.

DanMan on August 6, 2012 at 1:04 PM

BTW: is this guy actually that Arvid Engen character from the 1980s sitcom Head of the Class?

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0295855/

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Proof, as if there was any needed, that this guy had no business as a public official. Government is not supposed to be run by a bunch of radical zealots put into place to deliberately destroy private industries.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Sierra Club is a joke…when I was working to minimize the impact of drift nets off the California coast, the Sierra Club would not back us because the commercial fisherman gave so much money to them…they stated that at a meeting right to our face.

If we could guarantee them more money, than they could afford to back the policy of helping the environment, they were very direct.

So we got the law passed without their help…and then they wanted to take credit.

Just a bunch of environmental whores…

right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Hasn’t the Sierra Club also been pretty quiet on the issue of birds killed by those giant wind turbines?

Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2012 at 1:09 PM

And he has to obey all the laws in his locality. But he doesn’t get help from the police, firemen, or emergency medicine, because none of them can do their jobs without electric power.

J.E. Dyer on August 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

And lets make him live in a place with snail darters or something so that he can only mow his lawn with fingernail clippers and then only when the protected species are not procreating.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

somewhat sideways of topic…I put one of those 1 ton mini-split units in my master bedroom suite a couple of weeks ago. After having gone 16 days w/o power during Ike I thought I’d try this and see how it does as the main cool at night.

I am saving about 10-15 kW*hours/day from what I can tell running the 1-ton at 76 and dialing the 5-ton in the rest of the house up to 80 at night.

Very quiet and bought with the units and hoses all charged with freon and ready to install. $788 delivered by Fed-Ex, 110v power.

DanMan on August 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Hasn’t the Sierra Club also been pretty quiet on the issue of birds killed by those giant wind turbines?

Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Martyrs to the greater cause.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Great info! Let’s make sure it’s 100% accurate:

“He’s spearheading the EPA’s Beyond Coal campaign in Texas”

should be changed to:

“He’s spearheading the Sierra Clubs’ Beyond Coal campaign in Texas”

shanimal on August 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Naahh. Building homes requires power too. He should be required to live without any of the benefits of electric-powered civilization. Not a single one. And he has to obey all the laws in his locality. But he doesn’t get help from the police, firemen, or emergency medicine, because none of them can do their jobs without electric power.

J.E. Dyer on August 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Yup, take the idiot up to Montana’s Oxbow, give him a 3 lbs rock and nothing else, and shoot his punk ass if he tried to leave.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 1:12 PM

My father in law was training for the first wave. Being an amphib tank commander on Siapan, Tinnian and Iwo-Jima, he would have been in the first wave. Those bombs save his life.

As for the thread, it is more AP’s cup of tea.

Or maybe waiting for the Nagasaki bomb and cover both.

cozmo on August 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

cozmo, God bless your dad-in-law. I hope you can still give him a hug. My dad died in ’90. He was a Corpsman on Saipan and on Iwo. His ship was docked in Portland, OR, on the day of the bombing. It would’ve been headed for Kyushu, that November.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Despite some complaints from the environmentalist left that President Obama hasn’t done enough, Armendariz is still high on his old boss. “I think really without hesitation that he is going to go down as the most environmental of any of our presidents,” he said.

Fixed.

J.H. on August 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

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Side-Sidebar:

Disappointed that there is not a thread commemorating the bombing. I have no doubt that it saved my dad’s life, and tens of thousands, or more, of other American boys – who would’ve been forced to invade those islands full of pathological fanatics.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I have an 86-year-old uncle who, at age 19, was sitting in the Philippines waiting to be part of an early wave to invade Japan when the bombs were dropped. Without them, I’m guessing that my mother would have nothing but 65-year-old pictures of her older brother.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Crucify him! Crucify him! What a moron and a typical idiot liberal. All problems with no solutions.

ultracon on August 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Yup, yup and yup.

If we’re lucky, maybe the Commie will provide the Japanese with a full-on apology, this year.

You just know he’s dying to apologize … and bow.

I better end this post, before my blood starts boiling.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Sorry about your dad.

I see dad-in-law at least once a week.

Dad-in-law’s son is in town for a visit. We will all get together for dinner this evening.

cozmo on August 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

***

Side-Sidebar:

Disappointed that there is not a thread commemorating the bombing. I have no doubt that it saved my dad’s life, and tens of thousands, or more, of other American boys – who would’ve been forced to invade those islands full of pathological fanatics.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I have an 86-year-old uncle who, at age 19, was sitting in the Philippines waiting to be part of an early wave to invade Japan when the bombs were dropped. Without them, I’m guessing that my mother would have nothing but 65-year-old pictures of her older brother.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

My grandfather was an officer training in Australia for the planned invasion when he met my grandmother. If he had gotten deployed, they probably wouldn’t have gotten married and I wouldn’t be here.

teke184 on August 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Armendariz: I have a small handful of objectives. The first is to stop the construction of any new coal plants in Texas. And also to stop the expansion of any additional coal exports from Texas ports [to] overseas.

So if Pontius Armendariz won’t let the U.S. burn its coal or even sell its coal to foreign countries, what should we do with it?

It’s curious why Almendariz is so worried about coal burning in Texas. Texas produces (and consumes) lots of oil and natural gas, but not much coal. Most of U.S. coal is produced further north, and is shipped either by rail or by barge down the Mississippi River, which doesn’t flow through Texas. If Pontius Armendariz tries to shut down coal exports from Texas ports, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana would gladly pick up the slack!

Steve Z on August 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Go to his house and shut his fu#@!ing power off. Then take his car.

Tell him to buy a windmill and a bike and STFU!

Opposite Day on August 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Wood is considered a bio-fuel? Cool! I’ll buy another cord and keep the home fires burning all winter. And I’ll be a smug greenie the whole time. Very cool.

How about trash fires?

theCork on August 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Sorry about your dad.

I see dad-in-law at least once a week.

Dad-in-law’s son is in town for a visit. We will all get together for dinner this evening.

cozmo on August 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I’ll see him, again.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I’ll see him, again.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

We’ll all meet one day at the great campfire in the sky, what wonder it will be for our mentors to hear us explain the deviations from what they foresaw and the exceeding of their fears we have all met…..

Love is eternal

harlekwin15 on August 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

harlekwin15 on August 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Nice post.

My dad knew that this was where America was headed. He was talking about it in the ’70s. I guess that, all we can tell them is we did our best to delay it.

I’m kinda glad that my dad didn’t see the beginning of the realization of his fears.

Can’t wait to see him. I miss him.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Armendariz: “My principal objective is to replace our use of coal with renewable energy sources like wind and solar and geothermal, with efforts at energy efficiency to reduce demand.”

.
And now, what he really meant:
.

Armendariz: “My principal objective is to disable, destabilize, and ultimately destroy the United States.”

listens2glenn on August 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Despite some complaints from the environmentalist left that President Obama hasn’t done enough, Armendariz is still high on his old boss. “I think really without hesitation that he is going to go down as the most environmental of any of our presidents,” he said.

If you define “environmental” as “anything which retards human progress for any reason or no reason” then yes, the jackboot with the pencilneck is right.

BKennedy on August 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

There are days when one can see some wisdom in the Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot purges of “academia.”

marinetbryant on August 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

He is an idiot. His education in science and economics is no better than his education in ancient history. Ivy League again?

pat on August 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I never heard of a college that taught common sense. Without common sense, no amount of college will help this poor bloke.

timberline on August 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

The coal industry is destroying communities, it’s poisoning our air and our water and our land.

Actually, I’d attribute the first of these to the Sierra Club, and I’ll call BS on the rest.

applebutter on August 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Just a bunch of environmental whores…

right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Nifty little chart you got up there. Isn’t the biomass energy released through combustion? It may be renewable, but it still has a big carbon footprint; particularly carbon monoxide which we are repeatedly told is hundreds of times worse than cabron dioxide in the AGW debates.

Wood is considered a bio-fuel? Cool! I’ll buy another cord and keep the home fires burning all winter. And I’ll be a smug greenie the whole time. Very cool.

How about trash fires?

theCork on August 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Precisely. He’s not concerned about any carbon footprint; he just hates the coal industry.

ss396 on August 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

My principal objective is to replace our use of coal with renewable energy sources like wind and solar and geothermal,

Renewables are 9% of the total. And sind, solar and geothermal are 16% of the renewables. So total of those three is less than 1.5% of the energy produced.

We’ve got freaking windmills chopping up birds and bats all over this part of the state, at least here is west Texas. And those fields of many thousands of windmills are producing only about 1% of the power???? How many more would we need??!

iurockhead on August 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM

sin = wind. Oops

iurockhead on August 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM

sin+sind=wind. Oh, never mind…..

iurockhead on August 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I am so thankful for Abbott helping our state in court against bho/team/epa/etc! And Abbott is winning a great number of suits, IIRC! bho/team hates TX almost worse than any other state and he has done his best to show it?
L

letget on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

letget…I hear what you’re saying BUT I would have to put my state of Arizona as #1 followed by Texas. :o) He cannot stand my state and what we represent. Think Gov Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe.

g2825m on August 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

An Ex-Obama EPA administrator joins the Sierra Club to stop Coal-fired Power? Roll out Captain Renault!

Casper the Friendly Host on August 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM

In other times in our history, tyrants like this guy would have been tarred and feathered and run out of town.

UltimateBob on August 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I will create more renewable enrgy, jsut let me develop 10,00 acres in Texas for solar panel placement. Oh wait I can’t because it would endanger the stripped blue dart road fish population.

jake49 on August 6, 2012 at 2:39 PM

energy, just,& 10,000 correction

jake49 on August 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I have written negative things about the Sierra Club and etc.

I knew mine inspectors who sacrificed their jobs and just about their all to carry out the rules of their jobs. One guy had two little kids and NO money when he went to war with the firm he was inspecting. Treated like a dog at work, into Federal Court to have his pay ordered and then his every action and record under a microscope..fun.

He felt that he had a duty.

However, even he didn’t want to put anyone out of work or cause economic hardship.

IlikedAUH2O on August 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Armendariz: My principal objective is to replace our use of coal with renewable energy sources like wind and solar and geothermal, with efforts at energy efficiency to reduce demand.

Cost per BTU of coal? $.05/kWh.

Now admittedly Coal is on the outs; as Natural Gas comes in (with the current supply) at $.04/kWh… but he’s not supporting that.

Solar? $.20/kWh

Wind? $.15/kWh

Geothermal? $.05-$.07/kWh in places with significant geothermal activity. In very rare occasions will it be lower, and without Federal subsides can range $.12 or more.

So you want to work to raise the electric bill of every family in the nation by a factor of 3 or 4?

Good for you, really make those poor people suffer; only by increasing the suffering of the poor can you put coal miners out of work and increase our imports from China.

When did liberals decide to really make the poor suffer? I missed that meeting.

gekkobear on August 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Good luck, pal, marching into Abilene with a short sword and a breast plate and expecting to proscribe anything.

Limerick on August 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

This topic should be a winner for the Romney campaign. He just needs to point out that many people agree with clean energy. However, the liberals that took over the Democratic Party want to narrow your choices to wind and solar only. Natural Gas and nuclear energy are outliers to them, regardless of the amount of CO2 that they produce. It goes to show you that they don’t care about clean energy, just energy that requires huge government funding and huge costs to the American people.

djaymick on August 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

emp attack

solar storms

hackers everywhere

losarkos on August 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

This idiot is trying to mess with my Texas. That is NOT going to work! This is TEXAS we are talking about, not some pansy-a– blue state. Good luck moron, you’re going to need it.

neyney on August 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM

we are doomed without hardening of power grids

losarkos on August 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I’m very SAD to read this Mo-RON is an actual Texan……………Yall couldda sure fooled me!

Katfish on August 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

“I think really without hesitation that he is going to go down as the most environmental of any of our presidents,” he said

No, I think he just going down.

TerryW on August 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

b-b-but… without coal, what’s going to power the Austin Volt Village?

DarthBrooks on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

put the takers on a hamster wheel

burserker on August 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

For wind & solar to be a viable alternative, there would have to
be a solar collection station every couple miles, and windmills on every acre of land, to the point that the windmills would kill all the birds, and the solar collection stations would blind anyone near them.

p51d007 on August 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

It’s time to resurrect tar and feathering to run people out of town.

kens on August 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Now he`s done it….. He`s messed with Texas.

ThePrez on August 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM

b-b-but… without coal, what’s going to power the Austin Volt Village?

DarthBrooks on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

put the takers on a hamster wheel

burserker on August 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Actually, they’re going to put the makers on the hamster wheels so the government and Sierra Club types can continue to get around. Everybody else who bought in on the Cult of Volt will be left undercharged.

Steve Eggleston on August 6, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Wow, what a powerful man.

Is there a place in the Olympics for this powerful man?

Akzed on August 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

If I was a utility – why not just cut off the Sierra Clubs power – they are actively trying to put them out of business. Just don’t provide them power.

Zomcon JEM on August 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Another affirmative action beneficiary with exactly three years of a real job and the rest of the time bouncing around minor government positions and low level academia jobs.

Over50 on August 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

For wind & solar to be a viable alternative, there would have to
be a solar collection station every couple miles, and windmills on every acre of land, to the point that the windmills would kill all the birds, and the solar collection stations would blind anyone near them.

p51d007 on August 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

And what are we suppose to do when the wind does not blow at night? Folks if the ERCOT grid goes black, it will be days before we have electricity. Coal is the cheapest energy and therefore used as base load, 24-7. Coal plants are on-line 24-7. Your cold food will spoil and there will not any store that can restock or even sell you anything. Better stock up on can goods and water.

ptu on August 6, 2012 at 7:11 PM

And what are we suppose to do when the wind does not blow at night? Folks if the ERCOT grid goes black, it will be days before we have electricity. Coal is the cheapest energy and therefore used as base load, 24-7. Coal plants are on-line 24-7. Your cold food will spoil and there will not any store that can restock or even sell you anything. Better stock up on can goods and water.

ptu on August 6, 2012 at 7:11 PM

We see those items as bugs. Envirowhackos see those items as features.

Steve Eggleston on August 6, 2012 at 8:37 PM

My principal objective is to replace our use of coal with renewable energy sources like wind and solar and geothermal, with efforts at energy efficiency to reduce demand

Of course you’ll have to reduce demand – when only using wind, solar and geothermal.

If Barry gets 4 more years, think I’ll sink my savings in a candle company.

GarandFan on August 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Key Phrase:

with efforts at energy efficiency to reduce demand

Energy Efficiency =/= Reduce Demand

John Kettlewell on August 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

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