EPA – the “environmental purity agency”
Dr. Marvin Folkertsma’s recent article describes the EPA as an Orwellian force in this nation’s government. In the article, Folkertsma discusses their “all-encompassing .. expansion of governmental power,” their increasingly strict regulatory regime, and their development of “a rich Newspeak vocabulary to vilify their enemies.” He continues by suggesting that we,
Consider Anthony Downs’ portrayal of bureaucratic types that he outlined in his public administration classic, “Inside Bureaucracy,” published a half century ago. The purely self-interested officials included climbers, who “seek to maximize their own power, income, and prestige,” and conservers, who “seek to maximize their own security and convenience.” Neither type gives a whit about the betterment of their bureaus or society as a whole. More interesting are zealots who are religiously committed to a narrow policy or program; advocates, who work on behalf of their organizations; and statesmen, whose motivations extend to the broader concerns of society or the nation. These types are found in all organizations, but the point in this context is that EPA officials talk like statesmen but act like zealots. Which means that absolutely nothing should stand in the way of their policy goals; only the mission matters, nothing else.
This type of zealotry cloaked as statesmanship can be easily seen in the actions and words people like former EPA Region 6 Administrator, Al Armendariz. Armendariz was forced to resign his position with the EPA (and – not surprisingly – now works for the Sierra Club) after publicly describing his department’s philosophy of dealing with fossil fuel companies.
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.”