A federal judge has issued a nationwide injunction on Biden’s executive order to halt gas and oil operations on federal land.
Jeff Landry, Louisana Attorney General, led the lawsuit that 12 other states joined, its good for America, he stated in reaction to the court’s decision.
“This is a victory not only for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans,” Landry said. “The President’s Executive Order abandons middle-class jobs, cripples our economy, and hits everyday Americans where it hurts the most – their pocketbooks.”
Landry went on to say Biden’s order actually hurts the environment.
“What’s more it attacks Louisiana’s coast by reducing the revenue and royalties used for coastal restoration and hurricane protection,” Landry said. A press release stated:
In last week’s oral arguments, lawyers from Attorney General Landry’s Office said that Biden Officials cannot legally halt all lease sales because Congress, by statute, has commanded that such lease sales happen on a regular basis. They cited the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Mineral Leasing Act as explicitly prohibiting the Biden Ban.
“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,” Landry said when the lawsuit was filed. “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.”
In part, the lawsuit stated:
The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and Mineral Leasing Act set out specific statutory duties requiring executive agencies to further the expeditious and safe development of the abundant energy. In compliance with those statutes, the Department of the Interior has for decades issued leases for the development of oil and natural gas on public lands and offshore waters.
“For decades, Congress has embraced responsible development of our natural resources as a means of achieving energy independence – a matter of national security,” Landry said. “They have discarded vulnerable dependence on foreign oil, which is why the court should reject the Biden Ban.”
The following states joined: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.
Democrats claim so-called climate change as a reason to shut down the fossil fuel industry. However, the U.S. was energy independent and no longer relied on foreign energy sources under former President Donald Trump.
When Biden took office, he shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline and halted gas and oil production on federal lands.
The case is Louisiana v. Biden, 2:21-cv-00778 U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.