Landry Leads Lawsuit To Overturn Biden’s Oil and Gas Lease Ban
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is leading a 13-state lawsuit to overturn President Biden's executive order that stopped the sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.
AG Landry filed the lawsuit yesterday and had this to say in a press release:
By executive fiat, Joe Biden and his administration have single-handedly driven the price of energy up costing the American people where it hurts most, in their pocketbooks. Biden’s executive orders abandon middle-class jobs at a time when America needs them most and put our energy security in the hands of foreign countries, many of whom despise America’s greatness.
Biden's executive order took effect in January of this year and is designed to minimize the emissions from fossil fuels and to cut down greenhouse gases. It halted all new oil and gas leases on public property.
This order isn't just hurting Louisiana. Several other states also depend on the production of oil and gas to drive their economies. In fact, 12 other states have joined in on the lawsuit, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. Wyoming filed a separate lawsuit of their own.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said yesterday the world will need oil and gas for the foreseeable future, and he questioned how companies will be able to harvest it with mounting federal regulation.
Biden’s moratorium doesn't stop companies from drilling on their current leases. The U.S. Department of the Interior will hold a meeting today on how the government will proceed with its policies on the oil and gas leasing programs.