Out the Door, Line on the Left, One Cross Each

Well, this resolved itself before I even had a chance to comment:

The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South Central region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.

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.

I’m with Althouse on this one. The problem with Armendariz’ comments wasn’t that they were controversial or offensive to Christians. The problem was that they were true.

This is how the EPA operates. And to be fair, it’s kind of how it has to operate. There aren’t enough regulators to check on everyone and make sure they are compliant with the law. So they compensate by coming down on the miscreants they do catch like a ton of bricks. That’s the entire basis of preventative law enforcement.

The problem is that the EPA can be very arbitrary in exactly who they come down on. His analogy is dead on: they are crucifying the first five people they run into, making examples of them whether they’ve really broken the law or not. They frequently punish people who’ve done nothing wrong and are known to prefer targets that lack the resources to fight an unjust persecution.

I have no problem with “crucifying” companies that flagrantly break the law and pollute the environment (example: BP, still awaiting prosecution). But I do have a problem with crucifying random businesses to make a point. Armendariz was caught revealing the way the game is played. And that bought him an appointment with the undercarriage of the nearest bus.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    How it “has” to operate?

    BS – the best thing that could happen to the EPA is that it gets gutted and all the envirotards run out on a rail. It needs to stop operating as a rogue agency that wipes its ass daily with the constitution while it appeases the envirotard doom-sayers at every fucking turn.

    The EPA has been unaccountable for its actions since day one, and it needs to stop.

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  2. AlexInCT

    Resigned or not, they shouldn’t let these people off the hook. Demand he testify under oath before congress, then spam that crap 24/7. People need to know that these environutjobs are evil.

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  3. CM

    So they should be going hard on companies violating environmental laws. As you point out Hal, it makes sense to do so given the limitations of policing violations. So good on them.
    Reminds of people bitching about speed camera tickets even though they were speeding. Just because they got away with it the rest of the time, they somehow think they’ve been unfairly picked on when they do get caught. Idiots. Suck it up and adjust your behavior.

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    If this wasn’t an e(r)ection year no one would have ever known what this ass-hat said TWO fucking years ago.

    And as for BP… except for a public wrist slap they are PAID IN FULL. Just check Obozo’s coffers.

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  5. AlexInCT

    Wait, weren’t BP and the EPA quite cosy with eachother? I recall reading this I swear.

    BP was Obama’s biggest donor, and still remains amongst the top ranked. I assume that would buy you lots of favors from the EPA, IRS, FCC, NPR, or any other such arm of government that leftists would turn against their enemies.

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