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  • VIDEO: EPA Official Compares Agency Enforcement to Roman Crucifixions

    A video surfaced on Wednesday showing a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his agency’s philosophy with respect to regulation of oil and gas companies to brutal tactics employed by the ancient Roman army to intimidate its foes into submission.

    EPA’s “philosophy of enforcement,” said EPA’s Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, is “kind of like how the 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’d run into, and they’d crucify them.”

    “That town was really easy to manage for the next few years,” Armendariz added.

    His comments are indicative of the “EPA’s war on fossil fuels,” claimed Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) in a news release on Wednesday.

    Inhofe reiterated the remarks in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon. Armendariz’s comments, Inhofe said, “give us a rare glimpse of the Obama administration’s true agenda.” The region over which Armendariz has authority includes Inhofe’s home state of Oklahoma.

    “It’s one thing to create regulatory certainty and fine or punish a company for breaking the law,” noted Heritage’s Nick Loris in reaction to the video, “but it’s another to target a specific industry and create a regulatory stranglehold on America’s access to affordable and reliable energy.”

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    48 Responses to VIDEO: EPA Official Compares Agency Enforcement to Roman Crucifixions

    1. WJConservative says:

      Time to downsize and rid America of these agencies.

    2. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX says:

      Just remember – these are all UNELECTED officials; we have no way to vote them out of office…..

      • Jack says:

        Once we get rid of Obama, and Harry Reid, then we just shut down the EPA. Thousands of scumbag bureaucrats will be out of work real fast.

      • Carol, UP of MI says:

        Correct! It is not the laws they are enforcing but the bureaucratic regulations that have grown out of the laws. Time to do more legal challenges to rules and to the "crucifixion" mentality.

      • phil says:

        One way to get them out of office is to vote their Boss out of office….

      • We vote in the politicians that serve us and they select the officials and they also could vote to abolish the EPA and any other wasteful agency if we only vote wisely and do our homework before just pulling a lever that has a D or R before it, if we all do this, these politicians will do our bidding and not theirs but they grew fat, lazy and greasy so now is the time to vote out who we think are just in it for themselves.

      • GamerFromJump says:

        When the soapbox and the ballot box are unavailable, that leaves but one thing…

        Perhaps the solution is to go into the EPA offices, find the first five guys we run into, and crucify them.

    3. James Painter says:

      Holy crap! We actually pay this creep to ruin our economy, This guy is the high school geek who now has the power to beat on the jocks. You can see it bring tingles up his legs when he talks about screwing big, evil non-green energy.

    4. evilpa says:

      The Congress needs to get the regulatory agencies UNDER CONTROL! They are crucifying the energy people, now its the farmers, and not letting their kids work on the farms, its the EPA telling people they can't build a home on the land they have purchased, it's ridiculous. Laws & regulations should be made by Congress, over a long period of time, so everyone understands what they are and how they will be affected, not by some dolt sitting in an office justifying their job and forcing their political view down our throats. Also, every regulations should have to do a cost analysis to see how much it will cost the government to put it in place, and how much it will cost a citizen who is affected by it to comply. Anything over $1 is out! Take all the regulations compare them against the rule, throw them all out and start over!

      • Lloyd Scallan says:

        evilpa – This is the words of Obama, not this lackey. Everyone must understand this.

    5. Bobbie says:

      we had no idea what hydraulic fracturing was until Heritage brought it up!!

      get rid of the EPA! they admit their threats and the EPA ARMINDAREZ analogy says it all! Crucify the EPA!
      EPA has shown nothing but corruption. Obama's best friend! Make examples of the Armandarez EPA!! How dare Obama AND HIS government side with ignorance and threats intentionally holding back all of America into financial submission for the greed of government who go to great lengths to prove a falsity paid by hard working American dollars. If the elected are immune, rid the unelected! Use this guy and his desire to crucify on TV! This President is chief speculator! America has lost trillions because of his speculations!

      Thank you for truth, Mr. Inholfe!

    6. actsnow says:

      How Obama and his entire administration get away with this is very puzzling.

      • Ron says:

        Congress isn't doing their job so Obama can do anything he chooses.

      • Lloyd Scallan says:

        This is Obama, not his "entire administration" and they are not "getting away with it" they are following his instructions and with his approval. Until we all understand this, we will not be able to stop this.

      • desperado49 says:

        about the same way the California Air Resources board gets away with driving business out of Cal. Dont believe me? check out killcarb.org and the state of California businesses

      • Winston Smith says:

        Because the stupid sheeples of this country voted him in.

    7. Joe Stickney says:

      archaic epa comparing to recorded history must think they were eye witnesses

    8. JaaDee says:

      Wow, this guy is upholding the tyranny of the ancient Roman Empire as an example of good governance? They also had management tool in which for certain infractions in the military they would take one in ten members of the army and cut their throats…..it was called decimation. Is this also good governance?

    9. JoeKidd says:

      Of course Armendariz thinks like this — the guy who appointed him (Obama)? actually thinks he’s Caesar.

    10. Joe Kidd says:

      Of course Armendariz thinks like this — the guy who appointed him (Obama)? actually thinks he’s Caesar.

    11. Chas says:

      There are ways to remove unelected scum from office.

    12. Michael says:

      It's literally impossible to get all violators.
      The enforcement needs to send a message and be visible.
      If you want their work to go down more like normal law officers then they should be better funded with more legal tools at their disposal.
      Don't you think whole crucifixion criticism just comes off as disingenuous coming from the Heritage Foundation, an ideological group that works to slash EPA budgets and stifle environmental protection measures?

    13. Gman says:

      I agree with that philosophy, lets go find 5 EPA officials and crucify them , then they will be much easier to get along with for the next few years.

    14. Pearl Nardini says:

      How do we get rid of these crazies? Surely they are unfit to rule man or beast; they are totally insane. There is no doubt…the inmates are running the aslyum.
      PA Nardini

    15. CarrieRomantos says:

      "That's our general philosophy."

      This Armendariz punk needs to be fired and banned from ever again having a job with the United States government. Period. His cowardly ilk has no business being employed by the citizens of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

    16. Justified says:

      We simply need to mobilize, find out where this Armendariz lives, where he shops and goes to restaurants, and picket his home and his everyday movements. Lets give him a little love, don't you think??

    17. Sicks7 says:

      The EPA is probably the worst agency in our fed…. worse than eric holder and co, worse than the prostitution ring secret service, worse than the ramblin gamblin GSA….

    18. Harry the Horrible says:

      AND there is no way to really fire them thanks to various Civil Service Acts…

    19. Obama does not want to regulate the oil industry, he wants to destroy. Without oil our economy will collapse and make the transition to Socialism or dare I say Communism that much easier.

    20. Lloyd Scallan says:

      This is yet another Obama lackey doing the bibbing of Obama. Does anything really think that this fool
      would be allowed to say this without the direct approval and instruction from Obama? It follows Obama's
      Saul Alinski's teachings to the letter. Whoever disagrees "crucify them".

    21. humnmum says:

      Yes, yes. It's absolutely horrible that an underfunded regulatory agency, tasked with ENFORCING THE LAW, has the temerity to actually do it's job by prosecuting habitually law-breaking corporations.
      The Heritage Foundation: soulless hacks spreading lies to protect rapacious sociopaths since 1973.

      • Bobbie says:

        enforcing laws derived from government with no substance but to create jobs of controlling forces that have no reason costing more than money is a little dangerous, humnmum. Especially hearing the term "crucify" explained in regard to businesses abiding rational, practical, reasonable laws. You seem a little immature to be on this site? Try to teach your mind to think with clarity. It'll come to ya'.

      • Bobbie says:

        what? oh I'm sorry. It's hard to identify those sensitive to the truth since it's never been so pronounce until this President! humm…

    22. Ken Thompson says:

      Real crucifixions to follow…

    23. Charlie says:

      This guy is a "global climate change" clown from the word go.


    24. Lindsey says:

      Do you really think you would want to live in this country if the regulatory agencies weren't protecting you from the pollution these corporations and mining companies put out? You wouldn't have to make that decision – you would be dead from the toxins and pollution long before that. The agencies are purposely underfunded to catch only a fraction of the violators, but the threat has to be there.

      • A laudable sentiment, if only it were true. But I find it extremely difficult to believe that the EPA "catches" squat! What we are seeing is targeted enforcement of vague regulations designed to undermine the energy production industry. What, may I ask, is the point? Oh wait… "Energy prices would necessarily skyrocket". That, and no other, is the point.

        I lived in this country before the EPA existed. We were _*NOT*_ thrashing around like gut-shot hogs in pools of toxic waste. In fact, I liked it better then. Follow the money, Bud.

      • Michael says:

        that is not the issue Lindsey and you know it. It is the fascist and mentally deranged mentality of these people that concerns us. We all know regulations have a purpose if properly imposed, and not for personal vendettas.

        Quit trying to twist this to make it look like people are in love with all corporations and that they don't believe they should be regulated.

    25. gendy says:

      NO NEED TO FIND A CRIME BEING COMMITTED. JUST CRUCIFY THE FIRST 5 COMPANIES/PEOPLE YOU RUN INTO. He just gave direct orders to go after and shut down/crucify any relevant company anyone can find no matter if any law has been broken. Once again…Laws being broken or a crime being committed, not even on the list of priorities. So happy to have, what he perceives as, the power of a tyrant.

    26. Susan says:

      I worry about the future of the United States. My children and grandchildren will be living in a very frightening country. What happened to common sense? Also we should make it mandatory that all elected officials pass a test on understanding the constitution. Hillsdale College is establishing a center for constitutional studies in Washington, DC.

    27. Gary Allan says:

      If I were the Turkish ambassador, I would have some interesting words for Obama before I told him to get his embassy out of Turkey and all his military bases.

    28. Nancy says:

      Let's see now….hmmmmmm. Caesar ordered crucifixions to control the populace… Obama (through EPA) ordered crucifixtion ordered crucifixtions to controle the populace. + the word "czar" (as in unelected, unapproved, president-appointed head of a regulatory agency) is a form of the title "Caesar.

      Could there be some kind of connection?

    29. Amphipolis says:

      Nice anachronism – there were no "Turkish" towns in the days of ancient Rome

    30. Steve mccrone says:

      If obama does not fire him then we will know for sure he approves of this.

      And lets remember the oil companies pay 35% of all they make, not including what they spend on finding oil. So when the demoRats and obozo say they get tax loop holes that is a lie all they do is use the tax code that all companies use.

    31. steve mcfadden says:

      This little nimrod is typical of the arrogant degenerates that are too plentiful in government. I'm for really, really downsizing some federal agencies starting with the epa. I would like to see the epa cut 95% and homeland insecurity 100%.

    32. Swannee says:

      If this was a border patrol agent talking about illegal immigrants these commenters would be falling all over themselves to promote the guy. But it's the poor, put upon, defenseless oil companies….poor guys can't hardly turn a profit. This is laughable. If you break the law, yeah, you should pay. The laws should be enforced and examples need to be made. Only money talks to big oil. Otherwise the BP spill happens regularly. But that was no big deal right? As long as you don't make your living on the gulf coast.

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