EPA Is Sorry for the Analogy But Not the Context of Crucifying the Oil & Gas Industries (see update 4/27)


An EPA official used a crucifixion as an analogy to explain EPA’s enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers who in the EPA’s belief have violated their over-reaching mandates. No one should be angry with him for it. He is only describing what the EPA is doing.

In this video Administrator Armendariz says, …And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them…

If you are wondering what Obama’s goals are for oil and natural gas, wonder no more. He pretends he supports natural gas while he makes it impossible for them to proceed. He recently passed an Executive Order [War on oil and natural gas] that will put many large government agencies in charge of their businesses and, fracking, which has driven gas costs down, will be at the heart of their every attack. That should tell you something about whether or not they want cheap gas and why they don’t.

Fox News: …[Senator]Inhofe, though, said he’s launching an investigation. On Fox News on Thursday, the senator said the remarks are “all a part of Obama’s war on domestic energy,” particularly on a process known as hydraulic fracturing — which is used to extract oil and natural gas from rock.

Inhofe noted that the EPA, following Armendariz’ comments, went after natural gas firms in three states and tried to link hydraulic fracturing to water contamination.

“You read his whole statement, and it’s pretty revealing,” Inhofe said. “And I think when he comes out and apologizes for using the word crucify he’s still getting his message across there — intimidation, threats.”

The EPA is defending its enforcement strategy.

Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance, said in a statement that “strong, fair and effective enforcement” is “critical to protecting public health” and making sure everyone is playing by the same rules.

No one needs to hear or read the entire statement. The EPA’s brutal, unfair, and over-reaching approach has never been clearer. Armendariz only stated the obvious.

The EPA’s (Obama administration) rules for coal will not allow another coal plant to be built and they are soon coming out with plans to stifle or destroy existing coal plants. [War on coal and all fossil fuels] The administration’s endless attacks on fracking show where they are on natural gas. Quotes about prices of oil skyrocketing by necessity are the clincher.

Biofuels, solar and wind cannot fill the gap left by the elimination of fossil fuels and we will be a banana republic.