A number readers have written to me asking me to comment on the finding by a federal judge that the Obama administration is in contempt of court by maintaining a deep water new drilling moratoriam despite the court having rule such moratorium illegal:
Judge Feldman was quite direct in his ruling, He said that the Interior Department acted with “determined disregard” of his ruling by lifting the original moratorium and then imposing a new one.
“Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance…Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt.”
Despite the contempt finding, the Obama administration continues to refuse to issue deep water permits, and has slowed down even shallow water permits, prompting this response from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu:
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) slammed what she called a “de facto moratorium” on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico late Saturday night amid news that a major shallow-water driller filed for bankruptcy.
Landrieu, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s offshore drilling policies, blamed the Interior Department’s “excruciatingly slow release of oil and gas permits” for the company’s hard times.
“How many more rigs have to leave and how many more businesses have to close before it realizes the havoc the de facto moratorium is wrecking on the Gulf Coast? When these businesses close, people lose good paying jobs, our communities erode and our unique culture disappears,” Landrieu said in a statement.
I told you all before the 2008 that Obama was a legal pretender. His verbiage about the “rule of law” only applies to laws and policies he likes.
And Obama does not like any law or policy which permits increased domestic production of carbon-based energy, as part of an almost delusional vision of a “green economy.”
Judge Feldman needs to start enforcing his findings of contempt the way judges always have enforced their rulings, through the threat of imprisonment of those who continue the contemptuous behavior.
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