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    Our Dismissive and Defiant President Is Killing Gulf Oil Drilling

    Our Dismissive and Defiant President Is Killing Gulf Oil Drilling

    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.

    What makes you think the health care system will be treated any differently than our domestic energy industry once the regulators get control through Obamacare in the coming two years?

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    Van Halen | February 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Is there anyone who still disagrees that Obama is deliberately killing the economy of the United States?

    The actions of Team Obama during the BP oil spill are repeated now, and will have continued dire consequences for US employment and well being.

    Obama:  We don't need legal formalities. We made BP pay up now.
    Courtier:  Sire, what effect will this have on other large corporations?

    Obama:  They will tremble in fear before our power.
    Courtier:  Sire, will they continue to invest and create jobs?

    Downside of Gangster Government
    09/20/10 – Power Line → UK Telegraph

    [edited]  Obama's populist demonization of BP is spectacularly damaging. It undermines international confidence in US legal protections, as if Obama had stood in the NY Stock Exchange proclaiming "investments not welcome here". Most corporations with big investments in the US are evaluating US political risk after seeing the legally questionable way BP has been treated.

    Cash-rich multinationals are investing instead in previously high-risk emerging markets. These markets are higher growth, and bizarrely also seem legally and politically safer.

    Optimists say US corporations have lots of cash, and an investment boom will soon be creating jobs. But, there is now little reason to invest in the US, which seems politically inept and economically marooned.


    I'd pay good money to see Judge Feldman issue a bench warrant against Secretary Salazar.

    BTW, the last link ("legal pretender") goes to a general Blogger page. It's missing a direct link to the post you have in mind.

    @pubsecrets – thanks, fixed.

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