Inhofe said Monday that Armendariz was “just being honest” with his crucifixion comments and that his resignation “in no way solves the problem of President Obama and his EPA's crucifixion philosophy.”
Inhofe said he would continue pressing the EPA for answers on why the agency had accused three companies of contaminating water but then “quietly walked back their accusations” when they had no definitive evidence.
Ken Kramer, director of the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club, said in a statement that Armendariz “brought a breath of fresh air — literally and figuratively — to Texas in his vigorous enforcement of the federal Clean Air Act.
“He took the bold steps that have been needed for decades to move our state forward to achieving a clean and healthy environment for Texans. … The only people who will celebrate this resignation are the polluters who continue to foul Texas air and the politicians who serve those special interests.”
Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, said, “While I support Mr. Armendariz's decision to resign, I also challenge the EPA to go even further to root out this troubling trend of hostility toward oil and gas production, in order to achieve our goal of powering our nation with affordable and stable sources of American-made energy.”