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  • EPA Official Resigns After 'Crucify' Comments Surface

    Regional EPA administrator Al Armednariz resigned on Monday, days after his comments comparing his enforcement philosophy to crucifixions surfaced in a since-deleted YouTube video.

    Armednariz apologized last week, calling his comments “an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws.”

    According to the Associated Press:

    “The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe his approach to enforcement.

    In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

    Republicans in Congress had called for Armendariz’ firing, after Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe highlighted the May 2010 speech last week as proof of what he refers to as EPA’s assault on energy, particularly the technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.”

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    5 Responses to EPA Official Resigns After 'Crucify' Comments Surface

    1. G Jones says:

      If we had any REAL ethics in our justice department this man would be in jail for his abuse of power, and damages caused to businesses and the consumers. This should be a warning of what other appointments may also be doing. Obama has chosen to make congress irrelevant with his appointees abuse of power, as well as presidential mandates. It will take years and cost billions to undo all of his damage.

    2. Chris Rowan says:

      Well, at least he had the integrity to resign. From what I've read about the man, he should never have been appointed to the position in the first place. He had neither the experience nor the qualifications necessary. All he had was ideology.

      • Moth says:

        Too bad Obama doesnt' have the same level of integrity as he lacks the qualifications and is full of ideology.

    3. Bobbie says:

      "to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws?”

      it's words like these people don't think to hear! Potential violations? The epa calls anything a violation to mandate regulations that furthers their agenda. Absolutely no practicality when there's an agenda most of us are fully aware of now! They'll pull anything out of thin air and call it a violation! America needs the epa removed. They cause people time, trouble and interference in personal livelihoods. And their pay scale is way above their worth! The epa is a hindrance blocking America's economic growth.

      I'm sure it was only for public relations Mr. Armidnarez retired as he left too many behind that will continue in a more discretionary fashion. Please remove the existence of the EPA as violators of America's environmental economy.

    4. James Burnham says:

      Resigned? How about reimbursing the companies he "Crucified"? In Obama's administration, they'll probably move him to another agency and give him a bonus and a raise for a job well done while they replace him with an even more extreme "Crucifier".

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