April 30th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

EPA official resigns over 'crucify' remark

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency's office in Dallas has resigned over comments he made in 2010 that became the focus of political condemnation last week.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Monday that she accepted a letter of resignation from Al Armendariz. "I respect the difficult decision he made and his wish to avoid distracting from the important work of the agency," Jackson said in a written statement.
In the letter dated Sunday, Armendariz said he regrets his comments, adding that they did not reflect on his work or the work of the EPA.
The controversy erupted last week when a video surfaced showing Armendariz saying in 2010 that his methods for dealing with non-compliant oil and gas companies were "like when the Romans conquered the villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go into little villages in Turkish towns and they'd find the first five guys they saw and crucify them."

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  1. The Tin Foil Brigade Is Here

    So he resigned because he basically said he would go after the oil companies that refuse to business in a clean manner? He used a cruddy analogy? What, exactly was the offense to the GOP? That he was going after the companies that line THEIR pockets, or that he used the word 'crucify", offending their delicate Christian sensibilities? I'm throwing down the BS flag on this one. Foul!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      You're right, both the gop and the Christians are foul.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. boo boo

    i think what the statment implies that we will into every busness and fine them to get results

    April 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Remember, all energy producers are in some ways out of compliance with EPA regulations. The regulatory process is just that – a process. The agency finds violations of phonebook-thick rules on drilling, mining, pumping, burning, storing and transporting of energy. The energy companies then offer remedies that the agency either accepts or rejects. Disputes often end up in federal administrative law courts. Sometimes there's a cut and dried case of an energy producer knowingly violating the rules and trying to cover it up, but most of the environmental offenses fall under a back-and-forth between the regulators and the regulated.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    It's hard to remember that regulatory agencies are not created to put responsible businesses into bankruptcy ...

    April 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    I TOTALLY agree with the tin foil brigade is here! This is ridiculous. But one thing it does prove, the GOP is getting pretty worried that their popularity is dropping drastically!

    April 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Perhaps he would still have a job had he referred to when the Romans pacified the Jewish revolt of 64AD killing virtually everyone, and robbed/destroyed the temple. Women were eating their own babies for nurishment the siege lasted so long, four years. ( source: Jewish historian Josephus) Besides. The word 'crucify' isn't even in your bible.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Tin Foil Brigade Is Here

      ^^^^^ I need say nothing more.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Medical Question

    Would it be crossing the line to accept a lifesaving organ transplant if the donor had an M-16 pointed his gut? Or should the operation proceed, and send the donor a ty note and a box of condoms.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Tin Hat Brigade Is Here

      What the heck?? Does this have ANYTHING to do with this guy losing his job? No. Where are you going with this?

      April 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Medical Question

    @James(3:21) Well said. And then there is the pollution that is allowed. A classic example of this is the Deepwater Horizon fiasco. Most people think it devastated the Gulf with leaked oil. In reality, that oil "leak" accounted for roughly 6% of the oil genuinely leaked legally each year by thousands of other Gulf oilwells (and then there's the mighty Mississippi putting her two sludges' worth in)

    April 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Tin Hat Brigade Is Here

      Big, big, BIG difference between what you describe and this dude losing his job because of a word that isn't relevant to anything.

      April 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Old Driller w/no TV

    @tinhat. Get a clue. The word 'crucify' is relevant to millions of people worldwide. ty

    April 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Tin Foil Brigade Is Here

      Get a clue yourself. It didn't have anything to do with his capability of doing the job, and everything to do with the politically correct hypocrites.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Partisan Microbloggers are here

    One day they will figure-out that it doesn't matter if the head is of donkey or Elephant, it's still the same animal.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Tin Foil Brigade Is Here

      Oh it doesn't? Then why is the man out of a job?

      April 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ tin foil, its almost like the world according to garp! Lol

    April 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Hey Chrissy,good thing ya didn't go to these sites last night,the republican nuts were out in force and there wasn't any thorazine to be had, owell,too bad.Take care tin foil,chrissy ,we're all in this till November....

      April 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    And only to fanatics does the term *crucify* have only one meaning. But if he found wrongdoing it was his job to crucify, which by definition also means to criticize harshly!

    April 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mickey1313

    Caving to the thiests is a disgrace, not his comment. The oil barons need to be crucified.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Tin Foil Brigade Is Here

      100% agreed...his remark wasn't half as bad as the remarks of some our "leaders" regarding women and gays.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Well i dont know about you tin foil as weve never talked i dont think, but old driller has crusified me several times in the past! Can i expect his resignation? He ought to just for that obnoxious *get a clue* comment!

    April 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hamsta

    now they need to impeach obama because he is directly involved in this scandal.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Tin Foil Brigade Is Here

      Why? Because the President appointed him? Unless he is a ventriloquist, he isn't directly invovled.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Hey Hamsta,maybe impeach Bush for thinkin he was smart or Reagan for economic originality,how stupid,just like your comment ,ha!!!

      April 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
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