When Joe Biden took office, his administration immediately began pushing the “green” plan. They put a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline, for example, a move that garnered plenty of criticism.
But Biden also blocked new oil and gas drilling leases around the country, putting a pause on all collection of fossil fuels on public lands. This resulted in a definite strain on the industry.
However, a federal judge just dealt Biden a significant blow.
After Biden suspended the drilling leases on public land and water, multiple states pushed back. In fact, over a dozen states quickly sued the Biden administration for this action.
Many southern states like Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Missouri leveled a lawsuit, as did Alaska, Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
These lawsuits are still pending but the judge’s recent ruling definitely sends a clear message to the current administration: you can’t do this without additional approval.
The Louisiana judge issued a preliminary injunction, which stops the Biden admin from blocking new oil and gas drilling leases on federal land.
Via The Daily Wire:
Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court in Monroe said the administration doesn’t have the legal right to stop leasing federal territory for oil-and-gas production without approval from Congress.
The Wall Street Journal added that Judge Doughty said states suing the government “will be harmed immediately as the pause prevents them from collecting lease bids and bonuses from oil-and-gas prospectors.”
Leftists applauded Biden’s move when it happened, but they just suffered a pretty hefty loss.
They apparently never took into account the many American jobs that are at stake, and there’s also the question of the rule of law. The judge is saying here that Biden basically overstepped his authority.
And here’s what Kevin O’Scannlain had to say; he’s the vice president of upstream policy at the American Petroleum Institute:
The federal leasing pause is harmful to our nation’s national security, environmental progress and economic recovery.
We are pleased to see the court ruling that natural gas and oil leasing must resume on federal lands and waters, and we urge the administration to move expeditiously to follow the court’s order and lift the federal leasing pause.
Now is the time for the administration to put an end to this ‘import more oil’ policy that threatens American jobs and deprives state and local communities of much-needed revenue, all while likely increasing emissions and the risks of climate change.
It makes sense to protect the environment. It makes sense to pursue sustainable, renewable energy.
But as many often say, you can’t simply hammer the American economy in a reckless drive to purge the country of all fossil fuels. It’s not only damaging to the economy, it’s also unrealistic.
On top of that, some of the actions the Biden administration have taken so far have been very questionable.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the recent ruling is “a major win for the Constitution” and all our workers employed in the oil and gas industry (and there are a great many).
- A federal judge stopped the Biden administration from blocking oil and gas drilling on public land.
- Oil and gas industry officials applauded the injunction, and condemned Biden for his “import more oil” policy.
- Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry called the ruling “a major win for the Constitution.”
Source: The Daily Wire