If you read the full text and apply context, what the hell is wrong with what Administrator Armendariz says?
[His enforcement philosophy is] 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 would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there. And, companies that are smart see that, they don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point that it’s time to clean up.
All in all, this snippet sure makes for a good headline about that SOCIALIST OBAMA REGIME but there’s really nothing to see here. That is, unless you believe those poor, defenseless Oil & Gas companies require protection from the fiercely anti-Corporate, public-good-interested and incredibly powerful EPA.
Knowing that the EPA is astonishingly understaffed and apparently mired in a bureaucratic no-man’s-land where practical improvements in public health and safety are slowed and mitigated by pro-business and political team-player sentiments, I’m all for Administrator Armendariz’s crucifixion-deterrence model. How about you?