EPA Official explains his department’s “philosophy of enforcement”

This video of Al Armendariz, EPA’s Region VI Administrator provides a very clear view into the mind and intentions of at least one high-ranking EPA official – Armedariz states that he is responsible for 150 EPA agents and for enforcement activities across five states.

While answering a question in a public meeting, Mr. Armendariz likened his “enforcement philosophy” to the methods employed by Roman legions to control populations of defeated countries.

… Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they’d go into little Turkish towns 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 … You make examples out of them.”

Interesting that YouTube pulled the first example of the video included below. I have had to go out and find another copy of it for Coalblog readers.

With this type of incendiary and provocative view, it is clear that Armendariz sees the role of government regulators as confrontational and necessarily opposed to the work being done by industry. His view of the government/industry relationship is that of tension and animus, rather than a cooperative effort to see natural resources extracted/harvested in the most efficient, clean, and effective manner possible.

Armendariz’s words give a very succinct explanation why our nation’s fossil fuel industry is facing so many challenges.

Update: This PJ Tattler article gives a better idea of Armendariz’s background and past activism.

26. April 2012 by Jason Hayes
Categories: Energy, EPA, Jobs, Marketplace Information, Policy, Regulation | Tags: , , , | 3 comments

Comments (3)

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  2. This is nothing new, and nothing localized. The government must be always placed in a position of submission to the people, not the other way around. When the same people who are supposed to be working for you have the legal right to tax your money, it automatically puts them in a position that will inevitably lead to rebellion on the part of the citizens, and abuses of power on the other end.

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