The environmentalist Sierra Club announced today that they would be hiring Al Armendariz as a top official for their Beyond Coal campaign, which aims to get people to stop using the black, lumpy stuff.
If the name rings a slight bell for political junkies, that’s because Armendariz was the star of a recent controversy back at his previous job with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Armendariz was caught on film in 2010 laying out the federal agency’s theory of law enforcement thusly:
It is kind of like how the Romans used to conquer villages in the Mediterranean – they’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere and they’d find the first five guys they saw, they’d crucify ‘em, and that little town was really easy to manage for the next few years
He went on to say that the process was to “find people who are not complying with the law and you hit ‘em as hard as you can and you make examples out of them.”
The video was unearthed by staunch EPA critic Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., in April. The White House was subsequently forced to distance itself from Armendariz, calling his comments “an inaccurate way to characterize what the EPA does.” Armendariz resigned from the agency on April 30.
Inhofe offered congratulations of a sort to Armendariz:
At least at the Sierra Club he won’t get into so much trouble for telling the truth that their true agenda is to kill oil, gas and coal. I had suspected that Dr. Armendariz skipped out on his testimony in the House for a job interview at the Sierra Club but I thought his credentials of crucifying oil and gas companies would have made him a better candidate for their Beyond Gas campaign, but that perhaps would have been too obvious. I was however, surprised not to have been asked to provide a reference – I would have been happy to tell the Sierra Club about his steadfast commitment to regulating fossil fuels out of existence.