Despite Gas Prices Nearing $4 Per Gallon – Obama Adminstration Appeals Oil Drilling Ruling
Remember: When Barack Obama, the worst jobs president since the Great Depression, talks about creating jobs… It’s just talk.
In May, Barack Obama announced that he would limit new oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Barack Obama knew his offshore drilling moratorium would cost at least 23,000 jobs but went ahead with it anyway. After all, what’s another 23,000 jobs when you’ve lost several million already?
In June it was reported that Team Obama fudged a report to support their drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.
On Friday the Obama Administration appealed a ruling to restore deepwater drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Politico reported:
The Obama administration late Friday appealed a judge’s orders directing the Interior Department to act on several Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling permits.
The appeal is the latest salvo in the ongoing fight over the speed with which Interior is – or isn’t – letting oil drillers get back to work after last year’s BP oil spill.
Gulf state lawmakers and the oil industry have accused the department of enacting a “de facto” moratorium against new drilling, while Interior says it needs to ensure safety and environmental protections are in place.
Friday’s appeal challenges rulings by Judge Martin Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, who on Feb. 17 gave Interior 30 days to make a verdict on five pending deepwater drilling permits applications. He later added two additional permits to that order.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar had hinted the appeal was coming at a Senate hearing Wednesday.
“The judge in this particular case in my view is wrong,” Salazar said. “And we will argue the case because I don’t believe that the court has the jurisdiction to basically tell the Department of Interior what my administrative responsibilities are.”