The EPA is a a government-funded Gestapo operation beholden to destroying property rights, hammering capitalism, and destroying free enterprise. Now, thanks to Senator James Inhofe, we have an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official named Al Armendariz–on video– providing confirmation.
Sen. Inhofe wrote the cover endorsement to my book, Eco-Tyranny. He has a been a tireless warrior in the battle to save this nation from the radical intentions of the green agenda, and has now presented us with an EPA official, named Al Amendariz, conjuring up his inner Stalin to blast the oil and gas industry.
“[O]il and gas is an enforcement priority, it’s one of seven, so we are going to spend a fair amount of time looking at oil and gas production,” Armendariz says in the video.
The top-ranking EPA official goes on to explain his philosophy of policy enforcement [emphases added]:
I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff…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.
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, and there is a deterrent effect there.
And, companies that are smart see that, they don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point that it’s time to clean up.
And, that won’t happen unless you have somebody out there making examples of people. So you go out, you look at an industry, you find people violating the law, you go aggressively after them. And we do have some pretty effective enforcement tools. Compliance can get very high, very, very quickly.
That’s what these companies respond to is both their public image but also financial pressure. So you put some financial pressure on a company, you get other people in that industry to clean up very quickly.
“So, that’s our general philosophy,” he adds.
Since his comments have been exposed, Armendariz has issued a (lame) “I’m sorry” statement. However, would the EPA official have apologized for his contemptuous crucifixion declaration if he had not been caught on tape? Of course not; his statement was made two years ago. Armendariz’ mindset is a perfect representation of eco-tyranny.
The EPA, which was conceived by Executive Order in 1970, has grown to become the Left’s favorite weapon of choice to hammer capitalism, bash free-markets, and dismantle America. As I explain in Eco-Tyranny, the green agenda is sworn to punish any individual, business, or corporation who attempts to garner a profit through the sale of a natural resource. The oil and natural gas industry provides Americans with a product vital to the pursuit of happiness, presents a valuable investment for its shareholders, and directly employs 3.3 million people in the U.S. alone.
The EPA has become an official government-sponsored Gestapo operation, and, as I state in Eco-Tyranny, needs to be dismantled, before they do the same to our country.
Here’s a link to the video
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