It’s not too often that a government agency compares its own tactics to that of the ancient Romans – especially when it comes to the practice of crucifying several residents of a village in order to gain control over its entire population.
Yet that is exactly how EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz described his agency’s strategy of targeting oil and gas producers.
Armendariz, who resigned Monday, was head of oversight in Texas and surrounding states. HE was quoted as saying, “The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”
Armendariz’s rhetoric is not only shocking, it clearly validates what the EPA’s critics have been saying all along about the agency’s attitude toward energy companies. I think it’s time for the agency to start working on policies that are appropriate for the 21st century.