Biden admin argues in court to defend executive order ban of all public land lease sales for oil and gas production

With oil and gas prices continuing to surge to record highs, President Joe Biden has gallingly blamed U.S. oil companies for not producing enough oil and gas to meet demand despite the fact that his own policies against domestic energy production have prevented the industry from doing so.

The president has now doubled down on that absurdity as his administration just argued in court in defense of a Biden-ordered ban on all leases for oil and gas exploration and drilling on public lands, the Daily Caller reported.

Thus, while Biden on the one hand has chastised oil companies for failing to ramp up new production to reduce prices, his administration on the other hand is actively preventing those companies from obtaining the onshore and offshore lands necessary to do so.

Biden ordered a “pause” on all lease sales of public lands

It all started on January 27, 2021, when President Biden issued a climate change-related executive order, Section 208 of which declared, “To the extent consistent with applicable law, the Secretary of the Interior shall pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters pending completion of a comprehensive review and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices.”

The Daily Caller noted more than a dozen states led by Louisiana filed a lawsuit just two months later in March 2021 to challenge the authority of the president and relevant agencies to impose such a “pause” on lease sales in light of certain federal statutes that require such lease sales on public land to be made quarterly and “expeditiously.”

A federal district judge agreed with the states in June 2021 and issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the “pause” and ordered the government to resume making lease sales available while the litigation continued to work its way through the court system.

The Daily Caller further noted that nearly a year later, in April 2022, the administration finally announced six new lease sales, though it promptly postponed four of those and, as of this date, the administration has yet to finalize a single lease sale of public land since taking office.

Admin claims no laws have been violated

Also in April, the plaintiff states submitted a new motion for summary judgment for the court to declare that the Biden administration had violated the law and should be compelled to make lease sales available, as is statutorily required.

The administration just filed its response to that motion, however, and argued that Biden’s executive order had not violated any laws, that there was no official widespread “pause” on lease sales, and that the Interior secretary had full discretion to decide whether or not there should be any lease sales at all.

Meanwhile, it was just last month that Biden’s National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy appeared on MSNBC and asserted that the president “remains absolutely committed to not moving forward with additional drilling on public lands.”

Talking out of both sides of his mouth

Thus, as has been made sickeningly clear by President Biden and his administration, he continues to impose draconian policies that prevent U.S. oil and gas companies from fully exploring and utilizing the abundant stores of natural resources on public lands to domestically produce sufficient energy to meet rising demand at home and abroad.

Then, while his boot remains firmly planted on the necks of those companies, he has the utter audacity to then complain about them not producing enough domestic energy to keep soaring oil and gas prices from harming him politically.

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