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EPA official’s ‘misstatement’ right on target

May 5, 2012
The Mining Journal

In a way, it is a shame Al Armendariz was forced out of his regional administrator's job for the Environmental Protection Agency. He was just being honest in the comment that got him into trouble, after all.

About two years ago, Armendariz said this in a speech: "My philosophy of enforcement 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'd crucify them. And then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years."

After apologizing for "my poor choice of words," Armendariz resigned. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claimed his remarks "don't comport" with agency policy.

Nonsense. Armendariz merely articulated standard EPA policy, particularly regarding the coal industry.

But while treating a politically incorrect industry with severity, the government hands out billions of dollars to "alternative" energy firms - and doesn't worry if they squander it. It's bad policy, top to bottom.



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