EPA Enforcers: 'Way Of Life Act' Needed;' 'Individual Change' Isn't Enough

By Craig Bannister | June 5, 2012 | 3:28pm EDT

In preparation for Obama-EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz’s testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) released a video montage of Obama EPA Regional Administrators longing to impose a green “Way Of Life Act” on Americans through the regulatory regime of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Regional Administrators talk of how they plan to “crucify” domestic energy producers, make their businesses “painful every step of the way,” or otherwise compel a green way-of-life.

Recently, Sen. Inhofe uncovered a video of Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies – just as Roman soldiers would crucify random citizens in conquered villages, to make an example of them. Armendariz subsequently resigned under fire for the exposed comments.

“But, it’s not just Armendariz,” Sen. Inhofe’s office warns:

“The purpose of this video is to get to know President Obama’s “green generals” – the regional administrators – who are going into battle for the Obama-EPA, working hard to force a green “way of life act” in regions across the United States.”

In the Inhofe video, EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck claims, “I don’t think individual change is going to be enough” - while Armendariz twice says the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act can be used as proxies to enforce the “Way Of Life Act” he wishes he had.

“I don’t have a Way of Life Act that I can enforce - I’ve got a Clean Air Act, I’ve got a  Clean Water Act, a Safe Drinking Water Act” that can be used to enforce green ideals, Armendariz says.

“[U]nfortunately I don’t have a Way of Life Act I can enforce but at the same time EPA isn’t toothless and we do have certain things that we can enforce with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act - and that’s one of the reasons why (EPA enforcement chief) Cynthia is going to be here tomorrow, she’s gonna go around and take a look at some of the oil and gas facilities in the area.”

Sen. Inhofe’s office says these videos challenge the president’s claim that he favors an “all-of-the-above” energy policy:

President Obama claims to be for an “all of the above” approach to energy as he hits the campaign trail, yet these videos show us the truth: the Obama-EPA is more set on a green “way of life” that is “painful. Painful every step of the way.”

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