Oh, look, another Obama Administration official showing his true feelings about oil companies.
Al Armendariz, a regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, explained in 2010 that he understands the EPA policy to be to “crucify” a few oil and gas companies to get the rest of the industry to comply with the laws.
“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement,” Armendariz said during a meeting in 2010. “It’s 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 and then, you know, that town was really easy to manage over the next few years.”
This is so common these days that it’s hardly surprising anymore. The Obama Administration has staffed itself with lefty ideologues, and they hate both oil companies and corporations in general, so they’re going to attack them at every possible opportunity.
Note that he tries to spin it as going after companies violating the law, but it won’t work:
Armendariz said that by finding companies that are “not compliant with the law and you make examples of them,” the EPA could maximize its enforcement capability with limited resources. He added that “fines can get very high very quickly, and that’s what these companies respond to.”
However, in the example he gave, he spoke positively of the Romans crucifying “the first five guys they’d run into,” with no mention of whether or not they’re guilty of anything… in fact, the context seems to be that they’re just five random people grabbed and crucified.
This entire administration has got to go, plain and simple.