Explosive video of a top official at the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies to Roman crucifixions was removed on Thursday by the environmental activist who had uploaded it.
“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge,” reads a message on the video’s YouTube page.
Another copy of the video has surfaced, however. You can see EPA Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz’s comments in the embedded video above.
The YouTube video’s owner appears to be the same David McFatridge listed as an activist for the radical environmental group the Sierra Club. McFatridge has been active in a number of anti-hydraulic fracturing campaigns.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who spotlighted the video on Wednesday in a speech on the Senate floor, drew connections from Armendariz’s comments to the EPA’s campaign against hydraulic fracturing, and branded the agency’s efforts a “war on fossil fuels.”
A longer video of Armendariz’s remarks, uploaded by a group called “Citizen Media for We The People,” has also been removed.
(h/t Jeff Quinton)