“Crucify them” ex-EPA official now working for Sierra Club

Tell me again that there is no links between the EPA and the extreme green industry.

Former EPA Region 6 Administrator, the fellow who famously described the EPA’s enforcement policy of “crucifying” noncompliant organizations, has officially joined the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

A former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official who resigned earlier this year for comparing his work to crucifixion has found new employment with a leading green group.

The Sierra Club on Friday announced that Al Armendariz would be joining the group’s “Beyond Coal” campaign next month as a senior representative. [...]

Armendariz stepped down as EPA’s Region 6 administrator in April after a video surfaced of him comparing his work enforcing of environmental laws to the way ancient Roman conquerors used terror to keep order.

“It is kind of like how the Romans used to conquer the villages in the Mediterranean — they’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere and they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then that town was really easy to manage for the next few years,” Armendariz said during a 2010 meeting in Texas.

Senator Inhofe’s comment following this announcement appears spot on. It does appear that there is a very close relationship between this administration and the extreme green industry. In fact, the Sierra Club’s representative, Bruce Nilles, openly states in their News Release that Armendariz has “worked closely with the Sierra Club for many years.”

“This is an exciting day for clean energy and public health supporters in Texas,” said Bruce Nilles, Senior Campaign Director for Beyond Coal campaign. “Al has worked closely with the Sierra Club for many years, as an environmental scientist and professor. He understands the critical importance of developing clean energy to create jobs, protect people and protect air and water.”

 

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About Jason Hayes

Jason Hayes is the Associate Director of the American Coal Council and Editor-in-Chief of American Coal magazine.

02. July 2012 by Jason Hayes
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