“Trust science, not the scientists”.
Particularly true in the ESG space where Woke Corps front-run set-asides to their contributors by Congress.
Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court in Monroe, Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Biden administration from pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land.
Judge 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 judge also said that states suing the federal government—largely southern and coastal states—will be harmed immediately as the pause prevents them from collecting lease bids and bonuses from oil-and-gas prospectors.
The suit was filed by the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
Recall the Sock Puppet President installed in January directed the Interior Department to suspend the program to raise energy costs on the US.
Judge Doughty agreed with a request from the states to throw out the suspension in his 44-page court decision Tuesday, which said the states have a chance of winning their arguments later on. He cited federal laws that say the agencies are required to sell oil and gas leases.
He added that states would face “irreparable injury” if the suspension remains in place as they lose money from new lease sales that they are legally entitled to share with the government. Drilling on federal land and water generated almost $6 billion in government revenue last year.
“Millions and possibly billions of dollars are at stake,” the judge wrote in his decision. “Local government funding, jobs for [workers in the states that sued], and funds for the restoration of Louisiana’s Coastline are at stake.”
Here’s a copy of the order: https://ago.wv.gov/Documents/2021.06%20Injunction.pdf