Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) called on Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson to terminate Al Armendariz, the agency's Region 6 administrator, for comments he made comparing the agency's enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixion. Rep. Conaway released the following statement:
"Administrator Armendariz's comments reflect a vindictive culture within EPA Region 6 that is driven more by ideology than science. It is no secret in Texas, the heart of America's oil and gas industry, that the EPA has become a petty, arbitrary, and demagogic organization. Mr. Armendariz comments reflect not only a lack of discipline but an inability to separate personal opinions from the public responsibility.
"Mr. Armendariz's bias hinders his ability to uphold the critical responsibility entrusted to him and undermines the credibility of the EPA. I recommend administrator Jackson fire Mr. Armendariz and appoint a less divisive Administrator that is capable of better working with the communities and businesses of Texas."