America Last – Judge Allows Biden To Pause Oil And Gas Leasing In Wyoming

Climate change activists have in effect made their obsession with our planet, a religion.

During Obama’s years in office, these climate alarmists and activists were able to convince liberal judges to stand in the way of the exploration of more natural resources for drilling.

Some of the cases were decided during Trump’s term including a 2019 ruling by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington.

Contreras said that when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management auctions public lands for oil and gas leasing, officials must consider emissions from past, present, and foreseeable future oil and gas leases nationwide.

“Given the national, cumulative nature of climate change, considering each individual drilling project in a vacuum deprives the agency and the public of the context necessary to evaluate oil and gas drilling on federal land,” Contreras wrote.

During his candidacy for the presidency, Biden pledged to end oil and gas leasing on federal lands if he won, a promise he has been unable to keep, but his administration got some good news on Friday.

The Biden administration acted legally in postponing oil and gas lease sales in Wyoming in 2021, in a blow to the oil industry, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Judge Scott Skavdahl of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, an Obama appointee, ruled that the groups lacked standing to sue to stop Biden from postponing oil and gas lease sales for the year’s second quarter.

For postponed sales in the first quarter, the Bureau of Land Management followed the relevant laws governing sales, and “the postponements were not arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion” — meaning the agencies acted legally.

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Back in March, the state of Wyoming and the Western Energy Alliance and Petroleum Association of Wyoming had sued in early 2021 to stop Biden’s oil and gas leasing pause in Wyoming.

This and other recent judicial rulings show the contrast between the world views of judges, which can typically be predicted by the President who nominated them for confirmation.

Skavdahl’s ruling contrasts a decision made last week by a federal judge in Louisiana.

The judge placed a permanent injunction against President Joe Biden’s pause on federal oil and gas leasing in 13 states, following up on a temporary injunction placed on the Biden order last summer.

U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, a Trump nominee, ruled late Thursday that the federal government may not stop issuing leases on federal lands and waters in accordance with the pause Biden ordered during his first week in office.

Doughty’s order said federal law requires the Interior Department to carry out lease sales, citing the Mineral Leasing Act, which requires the department to hold sales “where eligible lands are available” and to do so “at least quarterly.”

Congress enacted new and specific directions in the Inflation Reduction Act passed last month for the Interior Department to carry out lease sales with regularity. The measures are a concession Biden and liberal Democrats made to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to pass the measure.

This battle over ending the use of energy produced by fossil fuels, while our nation is becoming more dependent on electricity, is foolishness.

But, the globalist’s agenda of zero emissions by 2050, or earlier, is moving forward in various new climate change executive orders and legislation anyway.

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