|Regional Administrator of the EPA - Al Armendariz|
a.k.a.: "Weasel Boy"
Al Armendariz, Administrator for EPA's South Central Region (Region 6)
Al Armendariz was appointed by President Obama on November 5, 2009, as the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region 6 office in Dallas. He is responsible for managing Agency activities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 tribal nations, under the direction of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
Throughout his career, Dr. Armendariz has spent countless hours volunteering his time with several environmental groups and the Volunteer Center for North Texas. Through this work he has helped address a number of complex environmental and public health challenges, ranging from solid waste landfills to community and tribal priorities.
Dr. Armendariz received his doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health where he was also selected as a Royster Society Fellow. He holds an M.E. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. Al is a chemical engineer by training, with an undergraduate degree from MIT.
The title of today's post? It's a derivative of something which Mr. Armendariz spoke of (on video from 2010) which is getting quite a bit of play today...
Do me one favor before we continue with the story of Mr. A: Take a moment to visualize men, women, and children living in a village. Unfortunately, the village happens to be in the path of a pillaging horde of invaders.
Please keep in mind that this imagery is critical to the story - happy village, men, women, children living their lives and then, from scene Left... The Pillaging Horde arrives.
Next, assume the town's population consists of one hundred people minding their own business. Five men from the village are besieged, taken (by the invading horde), and crucified to invoke horror in the remaining ninety-five living townspeople to guarantee compliance with the Horde's 'New World / Village Order'.
Looping back to the top of this post...
Crucification IS 95% Effective
(At getting a point across)
The 5% of 'crucified / dead townfolk?
No, they don't get it - they learned NOTHING from the Horde.
Well, because they're DEAD of course...
Okay, got it?
Now let's have EPA Region 6 Regional Administrator, Al Armendariz, do his 'Crucification thing'...
Yes, right here, right now, you should begin to fell as if you are one of the 95 - or perhaps, are you one of the 5? Hmm?
We now flash back to 2010 as Al Armendariz, appointee of President Barack Obama, explains to others in the EPA the nuanced methods of Crucifixion and Compliance.
From Forbes: In a talk to colleagues about methods EPA enforcement, Armendariz can be seen 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.
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.”
You don't have to take my word that he actually said this, you can actually listen to HIM. Yes, right here, just clickie the linkie which follows...
The Forbes article continues: And not only has Armendariz talked about crucifying oil companies, he’s tried to do it. In 2010 his office targeted Range Resources, a Fort Worth-based driller that was among the first to discover the potential of the Marcellus Shale gas field of Pennsylvania — the biggest gas field in America and one of the biggest in the world.
Armendariz’s office declared in an emergency order that Range’s drilling activity had contaminated groundwater in Parker County, Texas. Armendariz’s office insisted that Range’s hydraulic fracking activity had caused the pollution and ordered Range to remediate the water.
The EPA’s case against Range was catnip for the environmental fracktivists who insist with religious zealotry that fracking is evil. Range insisted from the beginning that there was no substance to the allegations.
Nevermind that he couldn’t prove jack against Range. For a year and a half EPA bickered over the issue, both with Range and with the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas drilling and did its own scientific study of Range’s wells and found no evidence that they polluted anything.
In recent months a federal judge slapped the EPA, decreeing that the agency was required to actually do some scientific investigation of wells before penalizing the companies that drilled them.
Finally in March the EPA withdrew its emergency order and a federal court dismissed the EPA’s case.
David Porter, a commissioner on the Texas Railroad Commission, wasn’t impressed. “Today the EPA finally made a decision based on science and fact versus playing politics with the Texas economy. The EPA’s withdrawal of the emergency order against Range Resources upholds the Railroad Commission Final Order that I signed concluding that Range is not responsible for any water contamination in Parker County.
Al Armendariz and the EPA’s Region Six office are guilty of fear mongering, gross negligence and severe mishandling of this case. I hope to see drastic changes made in the way the regional office conducts business in the future – starting with the termination of Al Armendariz.”
Yes, the Administration's EPA is looking for people / firms / industries to 'make examples of'.
The implied EPA Region 6 Motto: "Nail 'em hard, nail 'em often, and nail 'em when they're down..."
All to get 'them' to do whatever it is what you WANT them to do (or perhaps, to NOT do - such as developing the Marcellus Shale gas reserves.)
It is amazing to me that it took two years for this video to surface. A government employee using the 'Crucifixion Analogy' to explain how to deal with non-compliant entities?
Fracking idiot. Fracking media. Fracking Administration. Fracking Region 6. Fracking lunatics in the EPA.
But hey, no Fracking in NY. No Fracking way...
Why would NY State want to tap a Natural Resource? Shoot, in parts of Central New York State Natural Gas is so abundant it seeps into well water, making household tap water:
A.) Smell funny,
B.) Look funny, and,
C.) Flammable (NOT funny)
No. Not kidding.