An Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator's resignation over his 2010 enforcement comments heightens concerns about the Obama administration's jobs-killing, politically driven handling of energy and pollution issues.Pretty damning - until you see what the Trib left out - what they decided you didn't need to know.
A YouTube video documented Al Armendariz likening his enforcement approach to a tactic of ancient Roman conquest: "(T)hey'd find the first five guys they saw and they'd crucify them. ... And so you make examples out of people ... . There's a deterrent effect there."
It's one thing to make deterrent examples of polluters. It's another to order the regulatory equivalent of summary executions, something at which the EPA has shown it is quite adept.
And Mr. Armendariz's comments are especially troubling because they targeted hydraulic fracturing -- a proven and quite safe way to extract oil and natural gas and on which the nation's prosperity and security increasingly depend.
From Slate.com we can read more of what Armendariz said. I'll highlight what Scaife's braintrust used in their editorial:
It was kind of like how 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.Huh. Look at all that stuff in the middle - all that stuff in between the braintrust's selective quotations. They even try to say his words were not about deterring "examples of polluters."
But that's precisely what he was talking about. It's even in the second half of a sentence the braintrust "quoted."
Here, come closer. I'll show you. They took this phrase:
And so you make examples out of people...Out of this sentence:
And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law.And they took this phrase:
There's a deterrent effect thereOut of this sentence:
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.See the difference?
The Trib doesn't want you to.