Climate of Fear: Inhofe Calls Out Obama’s EPA Over Scare Tactics

Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma has begun an investigation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of disinformation and scare tactics to damage the American energy industry.

The EPA’s recent efforts to portray hydraulic fracturing as dangerous were the spur for the investigation, but Inhofe has cited incidents that point to an entire anti-energy agenda.

Inhofe sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson demanding an explanation after the office of EPA Region 6, which includes Inhofe’s constituency, issued a warning that hydraulic fracturing could cause houses to explode.

According to Inhofe, Regional EPA Administrator Al Armendariz repeated the accusation in several interviews before the warning was quietly withdrawn.

The EPA ordered Texas state officials to stop investigating its claim that hydraulic fracturing had contaminated well water, Inhofe said in announcing his investigation.

“When state regulators were made aware of EPA’s actions, they made it clear they felt the agency was proceeding prematurely,” Inhofe said.

The senator also wants to investigate whether there is any connection between the EPA’s tactics and a video in which Armendariz is shown explaining to EPA officials that his philosophy in dealing with oil and gas companies is to “crucify” them:

“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean.  They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

Mangling of history aside (“Turks” as such didn’t arrive in the Mediterranean until about the 11th century, long after the Roman Empire was gone), Armendariz sounds like exactly the sort of slash-and-burn official you don’t want in charge of energy or anything else for that matter.

In his letter to Jackson, Inhofe asks whether all these tactics are the result of “the Agency’s preconceived conclusions and increasingly apparent political activism in an ever-intensifying pursuit to link hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination.”

Having opened an official investigation, the senator has to ask, even when the answer is obvious.

Since its inception, the Obama Administration has been bent on curbing domestic energy production from oil to coal, while promoting obviously unworkable schemes such as wind power.

Get out your Ockham’s razor and slice that up. The obvious conclusion is that Obama wants to increase our dependency on foreign oil.

The Saudis are the biggest producers of oil in the Mideast.

It’s also known that the Saudi royal family’s financier Khalid al-Mansour had a hand in getting Obama into Harvard.

Obama bowed to the Saudi king early in his presidency.

Now that would be something to investigate.