Vortex Tools follow-up article: After last week’s firestorm over a 2010 video where he called to “crucify” the oil and gas industry, EPA official Al Armendariz turned in his resignation on April 30th, 2012.
In my last post, I covered the heated comments between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the oil & gas industry in April 2012. These include Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher‘s 4/5 comments that “We must cut the EPA’s legs off”; the EPA’s 4/18 air pollution ruling for fracking wells; and, of course, the release of Al Armendariz’ self-admitted “crude” 2010 example of how, like the Romans crucifying the first five people they saw in a new town, the EPA needed to flex its power to get the oil & gas industry to commit to better practices.
My closing comment was: “Well, April’s not over yet. Maybe we’ll have a few more heated comments between the EPA and the oil & gas industry before the month is out.”
Today, the last day of April, the news came in: EPA official Al Armendariz has resigned.
In his resignation letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Armendariz noted that his resignation stems from not wanting to be a distraction to the EPA’s goals: “I have come to the conclusion that my continued service will distract you and the agency from its important work.”
From there, his comments and the reactions are standard:
- Armendariz stated that his comments “do not in any way reflect (his) work as regional administrator.”
- The EPA and the Obama administration continue to state that Armendariz’ opinions do not represent the views of the EPA or the White House.
- Many Republicans and oil & gas sector supporters believe that Armendariz — appointed by President Obama in April 2009 — does reflect the views of the EPA and the White House (namely to unfairly target the oil & gas industry).
- The EPA has declared that the Armendariz scandal will not deter them from their practices.
- Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) has declared that Armendariz’ resignation will not stop his investigation into the EPA’s policies.
So really, it’s the same old story: One side tries to pin the scandal on a lone fall guy while the other tries to take the comments of that one person as the standard for an entire organization. The truth is probably somewhere midway, but hey, this is politics. Who needs the truth when you can further your agenda?
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