Concerning the EPA’s Al Armendariz, I wrote yesterday that:
If this guy holds onto his job — forget the “apology,” which can’t possibly undo Armendariz’s outlook as practiced — we will know all we need to know about the Obama administration’s regulatory mindset. You’ll find it under “T” for “tyranny” (“arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority”).
Well it looks like we know.
From an Investor’s Business Daily editorial last night (bolds are mine):
An EPA official who apparently made good on a threat to “crucify” an oil company to make the entire energy industry “easy to manage” should resign or be fired. So why is the White House protecting him?
EPA regional administrator for Dallas Al Armendariz told a city council meeting in a taped speech two years ago that his “philosophy” of enforcement was to single out an oil company, punish it “as hard as you can,” and make an example of it to scare others into submission.
Besides the Range Resources saga described at yesterday’s post, IBD had this to add:
… “Totalitarian” may seem extreme, but Armendariz said in the same speech his proudest moment in his first year at EPA was to have its enforcers watch “Gasland,” an anti-fracking propaganda documentary financed by the government of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who also opposes all U.S. drilling. Armendariz collaborated with its makers, and got his name in the credits.
But incredibly, the White House, already mired in scandals involving other abuses of power in other agencies, has said Armendariz would stay. “I think he’s apologized, and what he’s said is clearly not representative of either the president’s belief” or EPA practices, said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
In light of the evidence telling another story, the only conclusion is that Armendariz is doing exactly what the White House wants. He just made the error of saying it.
The White House has blocked drilling in U.S. waters, halted the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and sent regulators out like flying monkeys to harass the oil and gas industry. Why it’s protecting this lawless regulator with a grotesque “philosophy” bears investigating, too.
This guy isn’t an “administrator.” He’s an globaloney-obsessed anticapitalist zealot.
The administration’s defense of Armendariz demonstrates that anyone fully aware of this situation who still votes to reelect Barack Obama is a willing co-conspirator in regulatory tyranny (“arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority”), and a co-protector of the surely hundreds if not thousands of others with the mindset of Al Armendariz sprinkled across dozens of federal agencies.