By: Edward P. Shallow

Sen. Jim Inhofe  (R-Okla.) on Thursday blasted  an Environmental  Protection Agency  official’s  claim  that the agency  was using a “crucify them” strategy  against oil and gas companies, calling  it a part  of President Barack Obama’s  “war on energy.”

“Let’s keep in mind, this is all part of Obama’s war on domestic energy.”  Inhofe said on Fox & Friends.”  

“He is the one who said that we have good natural gas and it is plentiful and all of that but we have to stop hydraulic fracturing.  This is the war on hydraulic fracturing.”

Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Committee  on Environment and Public Works, had announced  on Wednesday  that he was  launching an investigation  into an EPA  official’s  comments  from 2010  that  were caught on tape,  in which he compared  the agency’s enforcement  policies  to how Romans  used  to “crucify” people.

“I was in meeting once  and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think  it was probably a little crude and maybe  not appropriate  for the meeting but I’ll go ahead  and tell you what I said, “EPA  Region  6 Administrator  Al Armendariz  says in the video (

He continues,” It was kind of, like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean.  They would go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they would find the first five people they saw and they would crucify them.   And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years…So, that’s our general philosophy.”

Inhofe said Thursday that the Obama administration  was trying to put an end to hydraulic fracturing–a technique that he argued was critical for obtaining  natural gas–by using “intimidation” and “threats.”  The Oklahoma Republican also accused the president of trying to appease both the left and the right.

“What he’s doing is saying –trying to make the public believe he is for domestic energy and specifically natural gas and oil and coal, but at the same time, he says that they’re going to take over the regulation of the process called hydraulic,” Inhofe said.  “So it’s an attempt to try to satisfy both sides..  He’s whispering to the left…then he’s saying to the public at the same time that we are for natural gas and all that.”

Amendariz, the EPA official in the 2010 video who is taking heat for the “crucify” comments, has since offered an apology for his remarks.  “I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,” he said.

(Information Politico)

Here are a few comments I found appropriate to the situation:

EPA …Environmental Punishment Agency…sends our jobs to China…and punishes the companies that remain with arcane overbearing rules and regulations.

One individual made the comment that we abolish the EPA and their agenda. Several months ago I proposed we do just that with the stipulation that Congress institute all regulation procedures and regulations. This would enable the public to have input in the matter/

Some think Ron Paul is a nut, but he is the only one who will take the drastic measures needed.

In conclusion, the so called moderate voters who will decide the election better get solidly behind Mitt Romney he represents  our only hope for energy independence./

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