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Crucify the oil companies! UPDATED

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Last night I was having a quiet evening at home when the doorbell rang. An earnest young woman was gathering signatures for a petition against fracking. To the best of my knowledge there is no fracking in Princeton (and if there was, I would probably support it), so I told her I wasn’t interested.

She insisted that I sign, since the petition was “against the fracking companies in Pennsylvania sending their radioactive waste to New Jersey.” Again I declined, again she persisted. I wished her a good evening and shut the door. She yelled something to the effect of “the evil must be stopped,” and moved on.

She ought to get a job with Al Armendariz’s Region 6 EPA office:
EPA Official Not Only Touted ‘Crucifying’ Oil Companies, He Tried It

The Armendriz video (which appears to have been taken off YouTube late late night) was shot around the same time he was preparing the action against Range. Here’s the highlights of what he said.
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.

And, that won’t happen unless you have somebody out there making examples of people. So you go out, you look at an industry, you find people violating the law, you go aggressively after them. And we do have some pretty effective enforcement tools. Compliance can get very high, very, very quickly.

That’s what these companies respond to is both their public image but also financial pressure. So you put some financial pressure on a company, you get other people in that industry to clean up very quickly.

The former professor at Southern Methodist University is a diehard environmentalist, having grown up in El Paso near a copper smelter that reportedly belched arsenic-laced clouds into the air. (Here’s a profile of him in the Dallas Observer.) Texas Monthly called him one of the 25 most powerful Texans, while the Houston Chronicle said he’s “the most feared environmentalist in the state.”

Nevermind that he couldn’t prove jack against Range. For a year and a half EPA bickered over the issue, both with Range and with the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas drilling and did its own scientific study of Range’s wells and found no evidence that they polluted anything. In recent months a federal judge slapped the EPA, decreeing that the agency was required to actually do some scientific investigation of wells before penalizing the companies that drilled them. Finally in March the EPA withdrew its emergency order and a federal court dismissed the EPA’s case

The video has been pulled but you can watch a snippet at a Fox News report,

found the YouTube with Almendariz’s statements here,

As Steven Hayward explains,

It is important to grasp why this kind of excessive zeal is the rule rather than the exception from federal regulators, and always will be. Armendariz is wholly typical of the regulator mentality, and we won’t prevent future “crucifixions” until we make fundamental changes to revive the rule of law and restore some kind of democratic accountability to the administrative state.

Let the snark flow!

UPDATE, 30 April,
Top EPA official resigns after ‘crucify’ comment

The Obama WH knew offshore drilling ban would cost 23,000 jobs

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

This is wrong every way you cut it,
U.S. Saw Drill Ban Killing Many Jobs

Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn’t trust the industry’s safety equipment and the government’s own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents.

Let’s look at that paragraph again:

In the middle of a recession, and while the Gulf area was in the midst of a crisis, Obama still went ahead with the ban on offshore drilling, even when

Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs

because not only

they didn’t trust the industry’s safety equipment

but also they didn’t trust

the government’s own inspection process

This is the same administration who just placed your healthcare on their hands and insists they can do a better job than you.

Go read the whole article.


Today’s podcast: Obama’s ‘Drill, Baby Drill’? Not Hardly

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Special guest Rick Moran talks about Obama’s latest scheme, and other items in the news.

Prior post:
Drill for cap and trade?

Drill for cap and trade?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time (emphasis added)

The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.

The proposal — a compromise that will please oil companies and domestic drilling advocates but anger some residents of affected states and many environmental organizations — would end a longstanding moratorium on oil exploration along the East Coast from the northern tip of Delaware to the central coast of Florida, covering 167 million acres of ocean.

Under the plan, the coastline from New Jersey northward would remain closed to all oil and gas activity. So would the Pacific Coast, from Mexico to the Canadian border.

The environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska would be protected and no drilling would be allowed under the plan, officials said. But large tracts in the Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska — nearly 130 million acres — would be eligible for exploration and drilling after extensive studies.

The proposal is to be announced by President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Wednesday, but administration officials agreed to preview the details on the condition that they not be identified.

The proposal is intended to reduce dependence on oil imports, generate revenue from the sale of offshore leases and help win political support for comprehensive energy and climate legislation.

I translate that to mean “promise to drill, maybe, sometime, if you suckers pass cap and trade.”

How about the coal industry? Dan Riehl says,

It reminds me of Stupak’s executive order, more than anything else. Obama wants disastrous cap and trade policy, to shut down the coal industry – and one day, maybe, we get to drill for oil off our own coast, eventually, perhaps.

Yup. That’s the ticket.

Mad about you

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

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(h/t Doug Ross)

Exxon [hearts] Obama

UPDATE, 8 August 2008
Via Protein Wisdom commenter SDferr, the new Obama salute:

“You interlace your hands in a circle, the interlacing being a symbol of different types of people coming together and the circle a symbol of unity,” he says.

Coming together, here it is:

Star Trek deja vu from Baldilocks:

The Enterprise is hijacked by an insane doctor and his fanatical followers in an attempt to find paradise.

Beam me up, Scotty!

Spock: “One.”

Bald dude with cauliflower ears: “We are one.”

Spock: “One is the beginning.”

(Photos via Darleen)

Obama: The One. The aid to orgasm

By the way, did you know that Obama-couples are now using “Yes we can!” as an aid to orgasm? Personally, I would think that “Yes, I did!” makes more grammatical sense, but then I… well, mustn’t brag. (Via Extreme Mortman, and the Economist, both of which are as bemused as I was.)

do you really want people to be thinking about donuts?.
Mmmm donuts…


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New time at NowLive, Baldilocks saves the Obama school, and other morning items

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Today’s 15 Minutes on Latin America at NowLive: The Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Please note the new time: 2PM Eastern.

Save the neglected Obama school in Kenya! Juliette Ochieng has decided to save the Obama Kogelo Secondary School, which has been neglected by the annointed – who, as Neoneocon‘s commenter puts it, is following Clinton’s example of

On all issues, he tried to present an image of a man taking positive action. That he actually took little or no action was of no consequence.

Juliette, who takes action, is starting a non-profit. Go to her blog and scroll down, and contribute.

Since his inflated ego has gotten him so far, Obama’s now saying that inflating your tires will save as much gasoline as “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.” Hear for yourselves:

John Hinderaker of Power Line (h/t Larwyn) sat down and did the numbers:

Just for fun, I did the math. Properly inflating your tires can improve gas mileage by 3%. Of course, many people already keep their tires properly inflated, and many more are at least close to being properly inflated. Let’s be generous and assume that one-half of the total possible savings would be realized if we all inflated our tires properly; that’s a net gain of 1.5% fuel efficiency.

Americans drive approximately 2,880 billion miles per year. If we average 24 mpg, we use around 120 billion gallons of gasoline in our vehicles. If, through perfect tire inflation, we improved our collective fuel efficiency by 1.5%, that would be 1.8 billion gallons. A barrel of oil produces around 20 gallons of gasoline, so the total savings available through tire inflation is approximately 90,000,000 barrels of oil annually.

How does this stack up against “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling?”

ANWR: 10 billion barrels
Outer Continental Shelf: 18 billion barrels (estimated; the actual total is undoubtedly much higher, since exploration has been banned)
Oil shale: 1 trillion barrels

So, on the above assumptions, it would take only 11,308 years of proper tire inflation to equal “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.”

Alfonzo has a new video, The Vote Reaper, martial arts and Kentucky Fried analogies included:

Speaking of Kentucky Fried, Kentucky Fried Chicken has opened up in Fallujah. Chew on that one, Harry Reid.

Update on the blog move:
The blog move has gone very well, and there are only two minor kinks to be worked out: my favicon doesn’t show, and Memeorandum’s no longer picking up my posts. I appreciate your patience and all your support, and thank you for each time you visit, read, link to, blogroll, and tell your friends about this blog. Please also subscribe to the new feed,

Obama (finally!) Reaching Out to American Muslims through the Chicago political machine:

In contrast, Obama’s point person is Mazen Asbahi, a longtime Chicago lawyer with heavy involvement at the grassroots level of the Muslim community there.

(h/t the Baron)


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Obama: Offshore drilling is "a gimmick"

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

While China, Cuba, Venezuela and Brazil do their outmost to drink our offshore milkshake, Obama’s saying that offshore drilling is “a gimmick”:

Obama, who wants to keep a moratorium on offshore drilling, will argue that McCain is offering a “gimmick” similar to the gas tax holiday proposal.

In Las Vegas this afternoon, Obama slammed McCain’s energy proposals, arguing that they are “gimmicks” that may poll well but do not provide immediate relief. Obama said that he supports McCain’s $300 million battery prize but that alone would not be enough.

In the same speech, Obama proposed a “stimulus package”, “another round of rebate checks to the American people”, and, the biggie:


Not gimmicks, no siree….

After all, green jobs may help bring down the price of arugula.

But hey, there’s good news on energy policy coming from the Dems: Maxine Waters‘s spokeperson claims that she didn’t really mean it when Waters talked about nationalizing the oil industry. As Betsy says,

At least we’re still at the point that even someone like Waters has to pretend that she doesn’t really want to socialize American industry.

One has to wonder what Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has to say next. Here’s what he was saying last week:


Meanwhile, the Brazilians oil exploration may mean that their recent discoveries may all be connected and form one big oil field. How’s that for a gimmick, Obama?

While we wait for the senator to answer that question, let’s ponder the No Zone again: