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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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    Perhaps Professor Jacobson will elaborate legal and effective remedies available, in the case where judicial/law enforcement and electoral remedies have failed, against executive authority self-asserting as boundless and pursuing favoritism (corruption) as normative.

    Re: "an almost delusional vision of a green economy".

    The man is an economic illiterate. This is the guy who told us if we properly inflated our tires and put incentives in the tax code to caulk our windows we'd be on our way to energy independence and job creation.

    We hear almost every day that companies are sitting on over $1 trillion of excess cash. Can there be any doubt that when companies crunch the numbers and conclude that developing "green" alternatives will generate a return sufficient to justify the risk, they will take on those "green" projects?

    And with sevearl world class train operators in the U.S., if there were a market for the $50 billion high speed train system that Biden wants to loot the taxpayers to build, wouldn't one of the existing train systems be exploiting that opportunity? Or planning to if it made economic sense?

    It's pretty sad that we're governed by a bunch of central planning zealots who think they're smarter than "the market".

    1. 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.

    And the House should impeach the Secretary of the Interior and, perhaps, the President. (Despite my 'perhaps', I am inclined to think that the case for impeaching Obama is already stronger than the case against Clinton ever was. Lying about a squalid affair: meh. Deliberately crippling the nation's energy production: different in kind.)

    2. 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."

    We'll need a post-petroleum economy sooner or later. Letting a leftist Harvard lawyer mandate the path to that economy is like letting an ambulance-chasing shyster supervise medical treatments.

    3. It's hard to see how Obama can get reelected if there is $5 gas and/or gas lines on Election Day. As it happens, oil policy is an area where the supposedly unelectable you-know-who can legitimately claim expertise.

    thug-ocracy = no consequences for ignoring law

    We are a nation 'without the rule of law'. Might makes right, in this new Charles Manson- Cloward- Piven world.

    Here an example of how the President is killing the Gulf oil drilling–Seahawk, a drilling company, has been forced to go into Chapter 11 because of the slow down in drilling: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021107472.html


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