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Ousted EPA administrator vows to “stop the construction of any new coal plants in Texas”
Hotair ^ | 08/06/2012 | Rob Bluey

Posted on 08/06/2012 11:20:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Al Armendariz's big mouth cost him his job as a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Now that he's working for the Sierra Club, Armendariz appears even more opinionated about the industry he once regulated.

In his first comments since resigning from EPA in April, Armendariz unloaded on the coal industry, called President Obama the most environmental president ever, and attacked the state of Texas for fighting the EPA in court. He also addressed the controversy surrounding his comments comparing the EPA's philosophy to the brutal tactics used by the ancient Roman army to intimidate its adversaries.

Armendariz's most pointed comments to the Texas Tribune came on the subject of coal. He's spearheading the EPA's Beyond Coal campaign in Texas, which, according to Armendariz, basically amounts to destroying the industry.

TT: What made you decide to join the Sierra Club?

Armendariz: The coal industry is destroying communities, it’s poisoning our air and our water and our land. And it’s damaging our climate in Texas. And I am very concerned about what climate change is going to do to this state, and I’m very concerned about the role of the coal industry in causing climate change. I wanted to join an organization with a track record of success in taking on the coal industry, and I wanted to join an organization that I felt I could contribute to, and contribute to additional success. And I found that in the Sierra Club and in the coal campaign.

TT: So you’re going to be working with the Beyond Coal campaign. What does that mean you’ll be doing exactly?

Armendariz: I have a small handful of objectives. The first is to stop the construction of any new coal plants in Texas. And also to stop the expansion of any additional coal exports from Texas ports [to] overseas. The second objective is to work on the transition … to clean renewable sources of energy. And the third objective is to work really with all of the stakeholders in the state to further the development of renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar and geothermal.

TT: If we shut down coal plants, we still obviously have to get power. Is natural gas part of the solution?

Armendariz: My principal objective is to replace our use of coal with renewable energy sources like wind and solar and geothermal, with efforts at energy efficiency to reduce demand. If we’re going to use natural gas to replace some of the existing coal capacity, I think we should use it as little as possible. And if we’re going to use it, I do think it is incumbent on the natural gas industry to assure the highest standards of protection to the air and the water of the communities that live near the natural gas fields.

When he asked by the Texas Tribune about America’s natural gas boom — thanks to oft-maligned fracking technology — Armendariz, not surpringly, voiced alarm as well. It would seem he wants to rely solely on renewable energy, which accounted for approximately 9% of U.S. energy consumption in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. See chart below.

Can the United States produce enough electricity from wind, solar and geothermal? According to the government’s own data, wind accounted for 1.20% of energy consumption in 2011, solar was at 0.16% and geothermal was slightly better at 0.23%. Those numbers are minuscule compared to coal’s 20%, and yet Armendariz is now on a warpath to destroy the coal industry.

Interestingly, Armendariz said in the interview he enjoyed good relations with the energy industry as an EPA administrator. That would contrast sharply with his comments in the video that surfaced earlier this year describing the EPA’s approach:

I was in a 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. It was 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’d 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.

Armendariz later apologized and resigned. Texas Tribune didn’t ask him about his comments directly, but did wonder why he skipped a U.S. House hearing this spring. Armendariz said it wouldn’t have been productive in light of his registration in April.

Another interesting tidbit: Armendariz said it was unfortunate the state of Texas wouldn’t work in “partnership with the EPA”. Attorney General Greg Abbott took the EPA to court instead, attacking regulations imposed by government bureaucrats at EPA.

Despite some complaints from the environmentalist left that President Obama hasn’t done enough, Armendariz is still high on his old boss. “I think really without hesitation that he is going to go down as the most environmental of any of our presidents,” he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Texas
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1 posted on 08/06/2012 11:20:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

A kool-aid drinking true believer if there ever was one. Not much different than an Al-Qaeda operative.......


2 posted on 08/06/2012 11:25:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: SeekAndFind
Those numbers are minuscule compared to coal’s 20%, and yet Armendariz is now on a warpath to destroy the coal industry.

Yup, that means you'll buy natural gas, the major stockholders in the suppliers of which (I am virtually certain) have ponied up to the Sierra Club.

3 posted on 08/06/2012 11:31:54 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Some folks just need an ass whoopin.

/johnny

4 posted on 08/06/2012 11:34:10 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Shut his power off at his house. See how he likes it.


5 posted on 08/06/2012 11:35:27 AM PDT by yobid (Oh no there goes Tokyo no no Fedzilla......woooo oooo oooo oooo)
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To: SeekAndFind
And also to stop the expansion of any additional coal exports from Texas ports [to] overseas.

Apparently the Sierra Club is not just interested in "protecting" Texas and the United States - they want to control the world.

Who are you putzes to control exports?

6 posted on 08/06/2012 11:37:08 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of NO! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: Carry_Okie

I wonder if Romney and the GOP remember this :

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/294671/under-obama-electricity-rates-are-necessarily-skyrocketing

Barack Obama warned us under his plans, “electricity rates will necessary skyrocket…. Coal-powered plants, natural gas plants, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations, that will cost money, that they will pass that money on to consumers.”

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO OF OBAMA ACTUALLY SAYING IT.


7 posted on 08/06/2012 11:39:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder what they plan to burn to boil the water to create the steam to run the turbines that create the electricity that charges their Priuses?


8 posted on 08/06/2012 11:40:22 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: yobid

Yeah, I like that idea.


9 posted on 08/06/2012 11:40:22 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: cotton1706
Wood, as they are planning to do in Gainesville, FL. the beginning of the great American desert. We may eventually look like Mars.
10 posted on 08/06/2012 11:42:47 AM PDT by Yulee (Village of Albion)
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To: Yulee

So instead of using something that has very few other practical uses, they will use tree, which though a renewable resource, provide food, homes for birds, etc.

For years we’ve been berated by the environmentalists to save a tree, recycle, and now they’re going to burn them all with abandon. We can’t cut down trees for paper. We can’t cut down trees because some birds live there. But we can cut down trees to burn.

If I’m not mistaken, trees are still a carbon product, just as coal and oil are. And the coal and oil we’ll just leave sitting there while we wait for the trees to grow so we can burn them.

Now I understand.


11 posted on 08/06/2012 11:54:31 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Yulee

“Forget” this guy. Don’t mess with Texas! Hands off our state!


12 posted on 08/06/2012 11:54:55 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sabotage of the USA pure and simple. From MOST of our elected officials to the various unbridled alphabet agencies like the EPA it is sabotage.

Our public school systems, thanks to unionized teachers have been for decades sabotaging the minds of children.

Communists professors in our institutions of higher “learning” (indoctrination) are sabotaging our future journalists, lawyers, politicians and giving us a fresh crop of communist teachers for the public schools.

Who do you call to arrest the saboteurs of the country? That’s the nice trick they played on us. NOBODY will arrest them. They control the LEOs and the courts.


13 posted on 08/06/2012 11:55:45 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Liberals hate Texas primarily because we have maintained independence in too many ways to be coerced into the collective.

For example, there are three main interconnected electricity grid networks in the continental USA today: Eastern, Western and TEXAS. We are virtually independent of the other two grids. This makes us able to make independent choices. We are not impacted by the self-induced brown-outs and shortages the environmentalists has foisted onto the rest of America. Something Liberal Collectivists hate.

This is why they attack our ability to expand our capacity at every opportunity. Make no mistake, they fight nuclear an natural gas plants, as well as wind farms in Texas as hard as they fight coal. God has chosen to not give us much in the way of hyrdo potential or they would probably fight us there, too... :-)

14 posted on 08/06/2012 12:24:39 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: SeekAndFind

“Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” —Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria, Head of Stalin’s NKVD.

This is the motto for the 0bama administration, the bureaucracies, and the 0bama campaign.

BTW, Beria was taken out by Kruschev during the scramble for power after uncle Joe’s death. This statement exemplifies the logical conclusion for Leftists and Leftism.


15 posted on 08/06/2012 12:42:40 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: cotton1706

Silly conservative! Don’t you know that electricty magically springs forth from the outlet?

/liberallogic


16 posted on 08/06/2012 12:45:19 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder what his salary is? He was hired for his contacts inside the EPA.

Pray for America


17 posted on 08/06/2012 12:56:02 PM PDT by bray (If you vote for a Communist, what's that make you?)
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To: SeekAndFind
What a moron. And a PC correct moron. Turkey was not "Turkey" until the 20th century. It was not even islamic until the 14th century. And then let's talk about islamic terrorism...

What a dope.

EPA’s “philosophy of enforcement,” said EPA’s Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, is “kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they’d go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they’d run into, and they’d crucify them.”

18 posted on 08/06/2012 1:16:16 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SeekAndFind
We are the Saudi Arabia of coal. We've got more coal than just about anybody else.

This is America. We figured out how to put a man on the moon in ten years. You can't tell me we can't figure out how to burn coal, that we mine right here in the United States of America, and make it work. We can do that.
Barrack Obama--- 2008(?)

In the past, hasn't partial or total memory loss been attributed to Syphilis?

19 posted on 08/06/2012 1:21:31 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: publius911

That, and politics.

You pick the easier one to cure...


20 posted on 08/06/2012 2:00:07 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: SeekAndFind

You know - I believe the American Indians had a very good way of handling such malcontents that willfully undermined their society. They threw them out of the tribe - and off the tribal lands.

Drop this idiot in the middle of the Salt Flats, at least 20 miles from civilization to live his life as he sees fit!


21 posted on 08/06/2012 2:58:13 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me guess, he complains about power plants and power usage, but faithfully pays his power bills. And, he has an air conditioner not only in his house, but his car too.


22 posted on 08/06/2012 3:34:29 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: cotton1706
But we can cut down trees to burn.

When people in England first started to use coal, it was considered an inferior fuel to wood; those who could afford to heat their homes with wood would do so, but there weren't enough trees in England to heat everyone's houses. Coal was nasty, but it worked well enough for working-class people.

Today, not only have the technologies for extracting energy from coal have gotten much cleaner and more efficient, but the fundamental reason for switching to coal in the first place still remains: it would be impractical to produce enough wood to satisfy the energy needs which are presently satisfied with coal.

23 posted on 08/06/2012 3:58:00 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: 5thGenTexan
We are not impacted by the self-induced brown-outs and shortages the environmentalists has foisted onto the rest of America.

Uh....'scuse me? We've had brownouts west of San Antonio twice this summer. That was done under the auspices of ERCOT of Texas.

Something Liberal Collectivists hate.

We have a ton of Liberals of our own in Texas. I don't go to Austin, but I've seen plenty in Fredericksberg and Boerne, and they breed like rabbits.

24 posted on 08/06/2012 4:23:41 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: 3Fingas

Indeed, why can’t theses people just leave us alone? If they want to shut down their state with repressive regulations let them, but leave mine alone.

Indeed from now on if your not going to do it to China, don’t try to do it to Texas!


25 posted on 08/06/2012 5:06:31 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Sarajevo

The real trick is figuring out how to drive the little bastards out of the State.


26 posted on 08/06/2012 5:11:29 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Monorprise

+++++ “The real trick is figuring out how to drive the little bastards out of the State.”+++++

So True (I just divorced the Klingon, it worked she moved to MD)

TT


27 posted on 08/06/2012 5:16:07 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: Red Badger

And a bunch of them need to be treated like AlQuaida.


28 posted on 08/06/2012 6:32:37 PM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t like coal? Don’t use electricity.

These Luddites should have to pay about 3X the going rate for electricity just to give them a bit of an advance look at what their policies would bring us nationally if we allow them to be fully implemented.


29 posted on 08/06/2012 6:34:54 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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I'm guessing Armendariz is Bruce Nilles' girlfriend?

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30 posted on 08/06/2012 8:11:05 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kinda like Obama>>> Has this b!tch ever done a useful day’s work in his life?


31 posted on 08/06/2012 10:12:25 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: SeekAndFind
Armendariz is now saying openly what the Obama Administration wants for our future, as well. These leftist enviro crazies would be much happier if they could engineer a world with a much smaller human population and they, as the anointed green elites, could then live in worship of Mother Gaia.
32 posted on 08/07/2012 3:39:38 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Carry_Okie

The gas industry is to the Sierra club as Chamberlin is to Hitler or France is to Islam.


33 posted on 08/07/2012 6:33:23 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: SeekAndFind
The coal industry is ... damaging our climate in Texas

I keep thinking that sooner or later they will stop lying or the media will stop repeating the lies or the people will see through the lies. But except for a minority of the people who have a clue, it is getting worse. The lies get bigger, the media gets more compliant and the people drink the koolaid.

34 posted on 08/07/2012 6:37:39 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the face of the Obama II regime.

Wake up, people.


35 posted on 08/07/2012 6:39:43 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: SeekAndFind

When his firing came down, I was a little sad for him. You see, it’s not hard to take a comment out of context and pillory someone unfairly.

But then he opened his mouth again, and all manner of foul fascist communist garbage began to rain down.

And now, I am delighted he was fired, and sad he will ever work again, anywhere.


36 posted on 08/07/2012 6:43:54 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: palmer
The gas industry is to the Sierra club as Chamberlin is to Hitler or France is to Islam.

So it might appear.

38 posted on 08/07/2012 6:57:34 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: palmer

Post 36 has a faulty link. Please use post 37.


39 posted on 08/07/2012 6:59:28 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Monorprise

Oh, that’s easy - tell them that there are government freebies in Louisiana.


40 posted on 08/07/2012 2:13:53 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: Red Badger
A kool-aid drinking true believer if there ever was one. Not much different than an Al-Qaeda operative.......

I fear these guys, Obama and the government the way it is now much more than I would fear 10,000 Mohammed Attas each armed with a fully fueled 707's. Even the 1970's era Soviet Union at the maximum of its nuclear capability was not as fearsome either.
41 posted on 08/07/2012 7:25:53 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (June 28th, 2012, the Day America Jumped The Shark.)
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To: Yulee

At one time until coal was put into use, there was a joke that they cut down so many trees in England that Judas would not be able to find a tree to hang himself.


42 posted on 08/07/2012 7:29:22 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (June 28th, 2012, the Day America Jumped The Shark.)
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