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Texas EPA Czar Calls for Non-Lethal Bullets and Fishing Poles Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Apr 27, 2011, 10:32 PM

Armendariz Fishing.jpgWhen President Barack Obama’s Texas Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) czar, Al Armendariz, a high-salary professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx., is not cracking down on the oil and gas industry in the Lone Star state to protect Sand Dune Lizards, he’s busy writing bureaucratic directives calling for an end to bullets and fishing tackle since they pose a grave risk to animals and fish. He contends that the lead from bullets and fishing tackle can cause the deaths of animals by hunters or fish by fishermen.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, “Houston Congressman has joined a drive by 39 lawmakers from 25 states to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from taking steps that could restrict outdoorsmen’s use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle.”

Rep. Culberson along with Rep. John Carter of Round Rock and lawmakers across the nation are sponsoring the Hunting and Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Act of 2011 to halt environmental organizations from exploiting EPA rules which could be utilized to compel sportsmen to switch to nontoxic alternatives in bullets and fishing equipment.

According to the Houston Chronicle, “the bill’s sponsors have drawn support from the nearly 300-strong Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, created to serve as the ‘sportsmen’s ally and first line of defense in Washington promoting and protecting the rights of hunters, trappers and anglers.’”

Nevertheless, the Texas EPA czar last August made efforts to revise rules governing toxic substances to ban the manufacture, processing and distribution of lead shot, bullets and fishing weights. Mr. Armendariz was working with a group called, ‘Center for Biological Diversity’ and four other environmental protection organizations.

To read the entire article from the Houston Chronicle, link here:

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written by Clyde Hicks , April 28, 2011

This NUTCASE does not seem to know what the limits of the authority of his agency, or his office, might be. He is a dangerously loose cannon; and on an individual level, a singularly unimpressive individual. He needs to be removed from any office of public trust.


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written by furrpiece , April 28, 2011

The Training Wheel Presidency of Barack Obama has become emblematic of the Fascism of the Left, and the excesses of America's most predatory presidency.

His selection of a Communist, Al Aremdariz, a cultural misfit and token minority bone, was not only insulting to Texas, but typical of the vote-buying strategy of the Obama Chicago machine.

Regulating ammunition and fishing gear is NOT the lawful arena of the EPA, and certainly not some state "Czar" - aptly titled, by the way.

That Lisa Jackson and Barack Obama would total war on Texas while Iran acquires nuclear weapons and Syria gains an unopposed seat on the UN Human Rights Council as it kills its own people demonstrates the priorities of the Pretender President and his minions.

And, once again, they are as wrong as they are corrupt.




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written by RufusLevin , April 28, 2011

THIS TELLS ME THAT SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY IN DALLAS IS EITHER TOTALLY IGNORING THE FOOLS THAT THEY HIRE TO TEACH OUR KIDS, OR THAT THEY HAVE CEASED TO BE CONSERVATIVES AND HAVE TOTALLY JOINED THE NUT JOBS...MAYBE TOO MUCH BUSH RUBBED OFF ON THEM TRYING TO GET HIS LIBRARY...BUT THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS WITH A GUY LIKE THIS ANTI-TEXAN, ANTI-CAPITALISM TOTAL TREEHUGGING IDIOT ON THEIR PAYROLL....TIME TO TOTALLY WORK AGAINST ANY ALUMNI DONATIONS FROM BUSINESSMEN UNTIL THEY GIVE HIM THE HEAVE HO.....


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written by Steve , April 28, 2011

Tom McGregor is lier.

The EPA is absolutely NOT writing new regulations to regulate lead ammunition. The EXACT OPPOSITE is happening, the EPA last year officially refused to do so.

In fact, the article McGregor links to above says very clearly:

"The EPA is "not considering taking action on whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife," explained Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Environmentalists have not demonstrated a nationwide ban is needed to "protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment."

McGregor also lied about the sand dune lizard.

Al Armendariz has not in any way limited oil and gas drilling in Texas on the lizard's behalf.

Let me say it again: Tom McGregor is a lier.

Like so many hysterical bloggers, he purposely lies in order to scare people into supporting his positions. He counts on people not having direct access to hard to find facts.

If McGregor is not able to refute my accusations that he is lying, he should be fired from from this media outlet.



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written by Mike7 , April 28, 2011

Wrong.

The EPA rejected environmentalists petitioned to regulate lead.

The EPA has not in anyway limited oil and gas drilling to save the sand dune lizard.

Why are you posting this gibberish Tom?



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written by Ben Franklin , April 28, 2011

Mr. FURRPIECE : you are totally correct. Unfortunately; for it would be better for us all, as I imagine you will readily agree, if these things were not as you so correctly describe them.


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written by BillSuiss , April 28, 2011

How did Tom McGregor get this so totally wrong? He clearly doesn't know what he's talking about.

Of maybe be does. Maybe his entire purpose is to mislead, confuse and scare people.

Shame on McGregor and this website for posting clearly false accusations.



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written by furrpiece , April 29, 2011

If you'll read the Houston Chronicle article that Tom McGregor cited in his article, you'll understand that he's spot on.

Here is the link he cited: http://blogs.chron.com/txpotom...effor.html

If you think the EPA, generally, and Al Aremdariz specifically, haven't been trying to expand their regulatory reach into all manner of subtances and even state areas of regulation, you haven't been paying attention!






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written by Ken Dickson , April 29, 2011

Steve & this nutso prof needs some help! Every day this Socialist comes up with something else to put us back in the Dark Ages! SMU needs him gone & the EPA needs him gone! Obama igoes more insane by the day!!


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written by Don V. Averitt , April 29, 2011

This turkey is an embarassment to SMU. He belongs to the group of left wing professors that tried to cancel the Presidential Library. They do not do anything constructive but demean SMU.


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written by BillSuiss , April 29, 2011

Spot on? Below is the exact text from the Houston Chronicle link McLier and Furpiece provide. It clearly says the EPA refused to regulate lead bullets, has no jurisdiction to regulate lead bullets and doesn't want to regulate lead bullets.

There is no doubt whatsoever that McGregor is lying. Furpiece seems to have bought the lie hook, line and sinker. Sad really.

Here is the Houston Chronicle excerpt:

"But the EPA has essentially ducked the fight. It already has rejected environmentalists' requests to outlaw lead ammunition and fishing weights, essentially conceding that it does not have legal authority to regulate lead in ammunition.

The EPA is "not considering taking action on whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife," explained Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Environmentalists have not demonstrated a nationwide ban is needed to "protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment."



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written by Fishing Equipment , October 25, 2011

The EPA is "not considering taking action on whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife," explained Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Environmentalists have not demonstrated a nationwide ban is needed to "protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment."
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Steven
Fishing Equipment




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