Members of Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation are adding their voices to chorus of outrage that’s swelling over a 2010 video that’s come to light in which Al Armendariz, an EPA administrator out of Dallas, says that oil and gas companies ought to be crucified like the ancient Romans did Turks after ransacking their villages.
In case you haven’t seen the video yet, which we previously posted, here it is again:
And if you had trouble making out what Armendariz said:
“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said:
“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town 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.”
The video is getting a lot of play now thanks to U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) using it during a floor speech to illustrate how the Obama Administration is gunning for America’s energy producers. Inhofe outlined how the EPA has particularly demonized companies using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas as causing water to become contaminated with no evidence to back up the claim. I suppose that Roman conquerors weren’t overly concerned with evidence about the Turks they nailed to trees, either.
Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District has now taken to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to echo Inhofe’s sentiments and called for Armendariz’s to be fired:
Fleming isn’t the only congressman from Louisiana jumping into the fray. Rep. Jeff Landry, of the 3rd Congressional District, is also calling for Armendariz to be canned—along with his boss, President Obama:
“From issuing an offshore drilling moratorium to subsidizing exploration and production in Brazil to threatening tax increases on domestic energy companies – the President has made his intentions clear: restrict, manipulate, and regulate domestic energy companies into extinction. The video footage of Armendariz is further proof the Obama Administration wants nothing more than to kill our fossil fuel industry.”
“The EPA’s web of regulations and hatred for oil companies does not make America safer; it only causes American job loss and high energy prices.”
“Americans should have no doubt that 4 more years of Mr. Obama in the White House is four more years of extremely high gas prices. So, for the sake of American families and businesses, I am not only calling for the firing of Dr. Armendariz but also that of his boss – President Obama.”
Well, we get the chance to give both Armendariz and Obama their walking papers this November. Let’s hope that happens.
Our economy can’t afford a second term with this kind of hostility toward domestic energy production and I, at least, can’t afford the $9 a gallon gasoline that Obama’s energy secretary recently speculated could be in our future. It’s past time, about three and a-half years past time, for the pink slips to go out.