A federal judge has forced the federal government to stop its ban on new gas and oil leases in a major pushback against President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Judge Terry Doughty, of the Western District of Louisiana, gave a preliminary injunction that was requested by a larger group of Republican state A.G.s in an order given Tuesday evening. The Dept. of Interior is now prevented from enforcing the gas and oil leasing ban until the case is over, according to the decision.
“This is a win not just for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of people who create affordable energy for American citizens., Louisiana A.G. Jeff Landry said in a comment. “We appreciate that federal judges have recognized that President Biden is absolutely outside his power in his push to halt gas and oil leases on federal lands.”
On Jan. 27, President Biden signed his executive order stopping new gas and oil leases on federal land. The order was a part of his series of executive actions that he signed right after being sworn into office and were given with the alleged aim of solving climate change.
But in March, Landry got together with 12 other state A.G.s and sued President Biden and his administration, saying the order was illegal.
The lawsuit argued that the ban order broke the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Mineral Leasing Act, which both affirmed the federal government’s plan to reach energy independence using U.S. based resources. Biden’s order causes the U.S. to be dependent on foreign sources of energy, the states said.
This comes at a time when the American economy is suffering from across the board inflation and Biden’s approval ratings are looking unstable at best. If we are lucky, this sort of economic mistake on Biden’s part will trigger a Republican land slide in 2024.
Author: Blake Ambrose