The pinball back-n-forth of legal court battles continues. The left started this in 2016 as a way to battle Trump’s agenda, and the right is now doing the same in 2022. So, what’s going on now? Well, a Trump-appointed federal judge in Louisiana just issued a permanent injunction against Biden’s moratorium on oil and gas lease sales on public lands and waters. Now, here’s where the pinball comes in — this latest decision comes 24 hours after another court ruled that Biden’s long-blocked drilling freeze could take effect.
Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the same judge who temporarily halted Biden’s lease sale moratorium last year, sided Thursday with the 13 fossil fuel industry-friendly Republican attorneys general who sued to block the pause.
Western Journal reported that a federal judge on Thursday issued a permanent injunction that will allow new oil and gas leases on federal lands.
The ruling by Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana came one day after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had kicked back to Doughty an injunction he issued last year to accomplish the same goal, according to The Hill.
Doughty’s Thursday ruling permanently blocks a January 2021 executive order from President Joe Biden that halted lease sales on federal lands.
The order applies to Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia, which sued Biden.
Doughty, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, ruled that Biden’s January 2021 order violated the Mineral Leasing Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act by leaving Congress out of the loop.
But many think Biden isn’t all that unhappy about the ruling.
After all, Biden’s admin has used these court rulings against his moratorium as an excuse to move ahead with lease sales on public lands and waters, even though the DOJ claims that Doughty’s 2021 injunction didn’t mean the admin had to actively auction off huge tracts of federal property for oil and gas drilling.
Is Joe talking out of both sides of his hypocritical mouth again?
Truth Out reported that during his 2020 presidential campaign, Biden vowed to prohibit all “new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters” as part of his effort to rein in planet-warming emissions. According to one analysis, fossil fuel extraction on federal lands and waters has accounted for roughly 25% of all U.S. carbon emissions since 2005.
But during its first year in power, Biden’s administration approved drilling permits at a faster pace than its overtly industry-allied predecessor.
And last month, the Biden Interior Department sparked outrage among environmentalists by suggesting it would be willing to greenlight new oil and gas drilling in federal waters off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which Biden signed into law earlier this week, contains provisions that mandate fossil fuel lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, a giveaway to the oil and gas industry and its leading Democratic ally in the Senate, Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Of course, now, we’re also hearing reports that the Dems are backstabbing Joe Manchin and refusing to go through with many things they promised him if he helped push through Biden’s commie green bill.
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