Back when President Trump was in office, he was given win after win. Even after leaving office, he’s still winning many lawsuits. When it comes to Joe Biden though, it’s quite the opposite.
Biden has been suffering loss after loss, and rightfully so. That’s what happens when you act lawlessly, and the law actually prevails.
After 13 states filed a lawsuit on the executive order, a federal court late Thursday night halted Joe Biden’s ban on federal gas and oil leasing.
Biden signed an executive order and set a freeze on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands shortly after taking office in January 2021.
Several states, including ones Joe Biden (allegedly) won in 2020, as well as the Ute Indian tribe sued Joe Biden over the order.
According to the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Joe Biden “lacked any authority” to enact the policy, according to US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Judge Terry Doughty, a Trump appointee (OCSLA).
Fox Business reported,
A federal district court blocked the Biden administration’s moratorium on federal oil and gas leasing, a potentially fatal blow to the policy that has been tied up in a legal battle since early 2021.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Judge Terry Doughty issued a permanent injunction blocking the leasing moratorium in a ruling late Thursday evening.
Doughty wrote that President Biden “lacked any authority” to implement the policy under the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) which regulate federal leasing on public lands and waters.
“The Court finds Section 208 of Executive Order 14008 is ultra vires, beyond the authority of the President of the United States, and in violation of the OCSLA and the MLA,” he wrote in the opinion. “Even the President cannot make significant changes to the OCSLA and/or the MLA that Congress did not delegate.”
Biden issued Executive Order 14008 — titled the “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” — on Jan. 27, 2021, days after taking office. The action ordered the Department of the Interior (DOI) to pause new oil and natural gas leases, a policy Biden pledged to pursue during his 2020 campaign, while it conducts a review of the federal leasing program.
“President Biden’s executive order to choke off energy development didn’t just increase prices and hurt American families — it was flatly illegal,” Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said in a statement after Doughty issued his ruling Thursday. “This decision is a victory for the rule of law and the workers and the rural communities who depend on the energy industry.”
Just think, if Biden wouldn’t have initiated several of these policies that he did, we would be in a much better position as a country. Inflation would still be high, but it wouldn’t be as high.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.