A federal judge in the state of Louisiana has blocked President Joe Biden’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, setting back the administration’s efforts to crack down on fossil fuels in favor of pushing its green agenda.
U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty’s ruling, filed June 15 blocking the White House stay, grants a preliminary injunction in response to a lawsuit brought by 13 states led by Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry seeking to oppose the blockade pushed by the Biden administration.
“This is a victory not only for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans,” said Attorney General Landry in an official statement issued after the ruling.
Following the court order, the suspension of new oil and gas leasing permits issued by Biden for the entire country was stayed.
The lawsuit argues that the Biden administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) regulations and that Biden would have incurred an abuse of power charge in violation of Section 208 of Executive Order 14008, issued by the White House on Jan. 27, 2021. Biden imposed a series of political actions to promote the globalist-tinged green agenda so criticized by Republicans and conservative sectors.
In addition, Landry and the 13 states signing the lawsuit hold Biden responsible for the escalation in energy prices, which are cooperating with the historic increase in inflationary indexes, directly impacting the purchasing power of the population, especially the most vulnerable.
“By executive fiat, Joe Biden and his administration have single-handedly driven the price of energy up—costing the American people where it hurts most, in their pocketbooks,” said Attorney General Landry. “Biden’s Executive Orders abandon middle-class jobs at a time when America needs them most and put our energy security in the hands of foreign countries, many of whom despise America’s greatness.”
The prosecutor insisted that millions and possibly billions of dollars are at stake, including local government funds, jobs for state workers, and funds to restore Louisiana’s coast. In addition, the plaintiff states have a heavy reliance on revenues derived from offshore and onshore oil and gas leases. Even most public schools in these states rely on these revenues that were blocked overnight, with no argument as to how they would be replaced.
Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz responded to the court order Tuesday by saying the administration “is reviewing the judge’s opinion and we will comply with the decision,” without specifying any plans to appeal the ruling.
For his part, Landry closed his statement by stating that, “While our fight is far from over, I am pleased the Court granted preliminary relief against the President’s unconscionable attack on American energy.”