Al Armendariz is being Crucified for Obama’s Sins

Official portrait of United States Secretary o...

Official portrait of United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t really speak for dealing with the EPA, luckily I’ve never been in a position where I had to. But I’ve been dealing with electrical inspectors and OSHA inspectors and such far more than is good for my sanity over the years. I’m one of those people who like to do things right and so they have never scared me but, I do make mistakes and have been caught more often than I like to admit. The good ones give you a chance to fix it (especially fairly minor stuff) bad ones can make your life not worth living and kill your business, even if you manage to stay out of jail.

Marita Noon here tells us why Al Armendariz is being punished for the sins of his superiors, which he is. The reason that this is so counterproductive is that it is also very bad leadership. If you are not loyal to the employees who are doing your bidding as you want them to do it. Why on God’s green earth would they continue to follow you, knowing that as soon as their actions make the newspaper blogosphere, they’ll be looking for a job, likely with the very people they’ve screwed on your orders.

Frequent readers of my column might be surprised to see that I am defending Al Armendariz, the newly resigned EPA Administrator of Region 6. In his recently revealed “crucify” comments, Armendariz was merely reflecting the view from the top—though the exact word choices may have been his own. Yet, Al, alone, is taking the fall. He resigned on April 30 and his resignation was immediately accepted by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
Yes, the above is my opinion. No, I do not have any special insight into the agency. What I do have is perspective and personal experience with similar top down attitudes as found in my state of residence: New Mexico.
New Mexico’s experience is a microcosm of what is happening in the EPA and, likely, every Obama administration agency.
From 2003 to 2011 Bill Richardson was the Governor of New Mexico. Despite being the Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration (the job currently held by Stephen Chu), Bill Richardson governed with a decidedly anti-oil and -gas ideology (Sound familiar?).
The economy of New Mexico is one of the worst in the country. We joke that we’d be on the bottom of every list if not for Arkansas. Our economy is largely dependent on our abundant oil and gas resources—though we also have significant amounts of coal and uranium.
A soon-to-be-released, carefully-documented book chronicles the impact of just one of Governor Richardson’s anti-oil and -gas policies and concludes that it “represents a financial loss to the state’s economy of approximately $6 billion.”
Bill Richardson came into office with a $1 billion budget surplus and left with a $653 million deficit. Yes, the national economic downturn happened in Richardson’s final years—but the bad economy remains today and New Mexico’s Governor Martinez ended her fist year with a surplus of $250 million. The difference? The attitude at the top.

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