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By Kevin DeAnna
Sen. James Inhofe is calling for an investigation into a top Environmental Protection Agency administrator who confessed that his “philosophy of enforcement” was to “crucify” and “make examples of” energy companies.
And an author of a book on such behavior, Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America,” says it’s just too much.
Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz has apologized for his remarks, but meteorologist and author Brian Sussman points out that this is only the surface of a much deeper problem with the federal bureaucracy.
In an exclusive interview with WND, Sussman asked, “Would the EPA official have apologized for his contemptuous crucifixion declaration if he had not been caught on tape? Of course not. His statement is a perfect representation of eco-tyranny.”
In his explosive new book of that title, Sussman details how what he calls “green authoritarianism” was inevitable from the beginning. He explains that Richard Nixon, who “wanted to be liked,” according to one of his well-known former advisers, created the Environmental Protection Agency as an olive branch to the hard left. As Sussman jokes, “Needless to say, it was not returned.”
According to Sussman, the EPA and the legislation that empowered it, notably the Clean Air Act, “[were] flatly unconstitutional.” Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution gives the federal government the power “to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”
But Sussman notes that “somehow this turned into the ability for Congress to regulate the conduct of individual businesses, the output of specific industrial processes, and the makeup of the atmosphere itself. And as we’ve seen, they can’t wait to shut down businesses they don’t like.”
“Eco-Tyranny” also exposes what Sussman calls the Obama administration’s “war” on oil and gas production. He notes that the Obama administration imposed a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, costing an estimated 137,000 jobs and $400 million to the state of Louisiana.
Furthermore, Obama also suspended exploratory drilling in Alaska, with his Department of Interior stonewalling any applications.
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar also shut down efforts to harness shale oil in the Mountain West.
See the Armendariz rant:
The result, Sussman charges, “is a deliberate effort to keep our country dependent on oil imports from the hostile nations of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries). If our president would simply unleash American industry, OPEC would soil their tunics.”
Instead, Sussman states, “As I explain in Eco-Tyranny, the green agenda is sworn to punish any individual, business, or corporation who attempts to garner a profit through the sale of a natural resource. The oil and natural gas industry provides Americans with a product vital to the pursuit of happiness, presents a valuable investment for its shareholders, and directly employs 3.3 million people in the U.S. alone. The EPA has become an official government-sponsored Gestapo operation.”
Meanwhile, as the EPA scandal continues to develop and Inhofe’s investigation begins, Salazar recently commented that gas prices in the United States might reach $9 a gallon. He also denied responsibility for any of it, because, he said, “prices are set on the global economy.”
Salazar stated that, “Where it will all end, no one knows.”
Sussman says that is a deliberate lie, as progressives have been organizing for decades to increase gasoline prices.
For example, Sen. John Kerry proposed increasing the national gas tax by 50 cents per gallon specifically to coerce consumers into purchasing less fuel and fight “global warming.”
Sussman concludes, “This is not about the environment, this is about control. The environmentalist Left, the Obama administration, and the EPA are all working together to take control of the economy away from the American people and move us towards a centrally directed, socialist system. Increasing gas prices, falling oil production, and a slowing economy aren’t policy failures – they are deliberate policies by this president.”