Amid pressure from Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03), who -- as reported by the well-respected, independent Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill -- "introduced a House resolution Friday calling on an Environmental Protection Agency official to resign over 2010 comments comparing enforcement of clean-air laws to crucifixion", Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz has resigned.
"From issuing an offshore drilling moratorium to subsidizing exploration and production in Brazil to threatening tax increases on domestic energy companies -- the President has made his intentions clear: restrict, manipulate, and regulate domestic energy companies into extinction," said Landry. "And the EPA's web of regulations and hatred for oil companies does not make America safer; it only causes American job loss and high energy prices."
Landry, a former small business owner in the oil and gas industry who famously held a "Drilling = Jobs" sign during the President's national address on jobs, hopes Armendariz's resignation leads the EPA to work with not overburden the fossil fuel industry. "It is high time to replace the nation's regulators and elected officials with honest, experienced folks who err on the side of safe, prosperous energy development not cater to extreme, political agendas. I hope EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson replaces Armendariz with someone who will be proactive in securing our energy independence."