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. chrissy

    You do realise how MANY people work for the government dont you hamsta? There is no way possible that our POTUS can supervise each and every one of them! But YOU sure make him sound better and better all the time .

    April 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    They dont KNOW any such thing and neither do you! They are grasping at straws just like they always do. But vote however you wish, as will the rest of this country! Ill be here in november if for no other reason than to see you eat your words!

    April 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    everything these green energy whackos come up with is worse than what we already use.co2 is a relatively harmless gas,thats what trees breathe in to grow.if co2 is the cause of global warming planting trees would easily fix the problem.but no they have you dumping mercury in the ground every time you throw a light bulb away because you are scared of co2.hondas brand new super green hybrid gets just 25 miles to the gallon.my friends 72 maverick and my gas guzzling truck do better than that not to mention the battery in a hybrid has abov 30 times the toxic chemicals a standard car battery does.you have to plug an electric car in the wall to charge.the electricity has to come from somewhere,more than likely coal.its more efficient both economically and ecologically to just dump some gasoline in the tank.at this current time oil is the greenest of all energies.everything else pollutes even worse.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ hamsta, i do agree with most of what you said in your last post. Im going to remain skeptic though, mainly because im quite certain its a lead up to *its all Obamas fault* as most of your posts do.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. G. Zeus™

    I think that official nailed it when he said that. Just sayin'...

    April 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hamsta

    @dazzle solar panels are manufactured using toxic gases similar to the ones used to make flat screen tvs.im not the chemist in the family that would be my little brother so im not sure of the specific chemical name but i do know that the greenhouse effect is 10000 times that of co2 and that is not an exagerration.i am an auto mechanic and i can tell you that r134a does the same thing to the ozone layer that r12 does.the chemical name is the same except that a few of the numbers are different.a flourocarbon is a flourocarbon.the epa shot themselves in the foot with that one.r134a operates at a higher pressure so your air conditioner doesnt get cold at idle.alot of people compensate by revving the engine putting more emmissions into the atmosphere making r134a worse than r12.in case you dont know thats freon and all the government achieved was making freon so expensive its cheaper to fix the problem.r12 was 15 cents a pound now 175 dollars a pound if you have a liscense and can find it.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. LB

    what is funny, was the fulll context of that video was to summ up that if you go after companies BREAKING THE LAW then this will deter other companies from breaking those laws. Suddenly Fox News does what it does best, and lies. Just flats out lies. But you guys are too dumb to realize it.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
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