In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there...
...So you go out, you look at an industry, you find people violating the law, you go aggressively after them.
...So you put some financial pressure on a company, you get other people in that industry to clean up very quickly. So, that's our general philosophy.Wait a minute! He says it's his philosophy (which he iterated on at least two occasions) and then he says of the EPA, it's our philosophy, but then tells us that philosophy did not "reflect in his work". If you feel a warm, yellow stream emanating from Mr. Armendarizo, he may try to tell you it's raining. Give that statement equal credence with the rest.