President Joe Biden’s radical agenda has run into yet another roadblock as a federal judge has ordered the Biden administration to halt its ban on oil and gas leases on federal lands, The Daily Caller reported.
Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has issued a hold on the ban until the lawsuit brought by Republican state attorneys general can be decided.
Biden’s plan to further hamstring the American energy industry will now have to make a painful journey through the courts. Thanks to this injunction against Biden’s oil and gas lease ban, the legal battle may last until Republicans retake the White House and are able to drop his agenda.
This decision is a huge victory for Americans already suffering under skyrocketing energy prices thanks to Biden’s anti-energy agenda.
Big victory for America
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, one of the plaintiffs, celebrated the ruling, saying, “This is a victory not only for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans.”
The legal battle began when Biden signed an executive order just days into his presidency in January that banned new oil and gas leases on federal lands.
Republican attorneys general reacted to the executive order by launching the lawsuit against the Biden administration in March. Attorney General Landry was joined by 12 other Republican attorneys general in the campaign to resist Biden’s authoritarian ban.
Their lawsuit argues that Biden’s executive order runs contrary to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Mineral Leasing Act, which was passed by Congress to ensure that America would be energy independent.
Republicans contend that banning oil and gas development on federal lands will lead to America being dependent on foreign energy sources. Former President Trump freed America from OPEC, and Biden is leading us back to dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
After a hard few months, the Republican Party has begun to mount an effective resistance to Biden’s agenda. Now that Republicans have gotten an injunction against Biden’s ban, they have a path to victory.
Doughty wrote in his decision that, “The omission of any rational explanation in cancelling the lease sales, and in enacting the Pause, results in this Court ruling that Plaintiff States also have a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of this claim.”
While the Biden administration will undoubtedly fight tooth and nail for the lease ban, Doughty’s observations have huge implications. Republicans have a strong case, and if Biden wants his lease ban, he will have to get it from Congress.