POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:14pm
TEXAS — Another front has opened in the battle between Texas officials and the Environmental Protection Agency. Comments have surfaced from Al Armendariz, the top official in the EPA's Region 6 (which includes Texas), who likened the way Romans tamed Turkish towns to the way the EPA could carry out enforcement actions.
"It is kind of like how the Romans used to conquer villages in the Mediterranean," Armendariz said, in comments from 2010. "They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then that little town was really easy to manage for the next few years."