The Sierra Club has hired Al Armendariz, the former Environmental Protection Agency official who resigned April following an uproar over his comments that the agency's "general philosophy" should be to "crucify" gas and oil companies, just as the Romans did when they conquered small villages. Armendariz worked as a regional administrator for the EPA in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico.
My colleague Amy Harder explains how the hire will shake things up on the Hill:
The hire will likely inflame an already heated debate among congressional Republicans, the Obama administration, and influential environmental groups like the Sierra Club. House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans have recently lashed out at the Sierra Club--the country's largest environmental group--for its intensified campaign seeking to wean the country off not only coal and oil, but natural gas, too.Read the rest of her story here, including more about the "Beyond Coal" campaign Armendariz will be working on.
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