‘Crucify Them’

by Henry Payne

From Van Jones to Lisa Jackson, President Obama has surrounded himself with environmental radicals in order to tackle global warming — what he calls “the greatest moral challenge of our time” — and transform America to a green economy.

But these radicals not only share the president’s ideology, they also share his Chicago way of brass-knuckles persuasion.

The latest shocker involves Al Armendariz, EPA Chief Jackson’s regional administrator who says the agency’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” oil and gas producers.

Armendariz explains that his staff’s “philosophy of enforcement” is “like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

Oil men nailed to crosses in Lafayette Square. Nice. Texas Governor Rick Perry, whose state has been one of the crucifyees, called the statements “unacceptable & offensive” and “another reason to all-but-eliminate EPA.”

The dogma behind this green crusade is best expressed by none other than Jackson herself, a committed member of the Green Church. After the 2010 midterm election dealt a setback to Obama’s transformation plans, Jackson telegraphed her moral commitment to global-warming regulation by agency decree in an extraordinary speech before the National Council of Churches in New Orleans .

Jackson urged that the U.S. government and religious leaders unite in their “moral obligation” to heal the planet and “build on the religious and moral reasons for being good stewards of our environment.”

“The question now is, ‘What we can do?’” she said. Mr. Armendariz might add: Who can we do it to?

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