President Joe Biden seems intent on crippling the fossil fuel industry. He passed many executive orders early in his presidency to do just that, but it looks like one of those won’t stand a chance in court.
U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty blocked a suspension on new oil and gas leases for drilling on federal lands, the Washington Times reported. The Louisana judge ruled against the ban Thursday after 13 states filed suit in March against the federal government over Biden’s executive order.
In his first week as president, Biden issued several executive orders targeting the industry as part of his climate change agenda. However, this particular order was challenged by Louisiana’s attorney general Jeff Landry who brought the suit on behalf of his state and a dozen others, charging that they were not given proper opportunity to challenge the ban.
The Republican official contended that the move has already impacted the American economy and fuel prices. While the moratorium hasn’t stopped current drilling, it’s possible that the anticipation of future increases drove the price higher.
Federal lawyers asserted that it was the Secretary of the Interior’s prerogative to grant leases without such procedures and tried to argue that the ban had no material impact. “No existing lease has been canceled as a result of any of the actions challenged here, and development activity from exploration through drilling and production has continued at similar levels as the preceding four years.”
Still, the judge ruled in favor of the states on this order and struck down the ban. This is good news for the gas and oil industry, but that’s not the case elsewhere.
Biden had also axed the Keystone XL Pipeline project in one of his first executive orders, according to Fox News. It killed thousands of jobs and will hinder America’s energy independence.
During the campaign, Biden tried to obscure his agenda against the fossil fuel industries. However, he wasted no time after his inauguration passing executive orders that will be their undoing — unless they can be stopped in court.