It took a Ronald-Reagan appointed judge to smack down one of the most moronic and obtuse moves to come out of the Obama White House since the dawn of the Messianic Age. (This doesn’t count anything that happened while Obama was heading up the Office of President Elect).
Twenty-five days ago, in what could only be rationally explained as the President’s desire to inscribe his own chapter in the Book of Asininity, Barack Obama, as a response to the Gulf oil spill, inexplicably issued a six-month moratorium on any new permits for deepwater drilling as well as drilling at any of the 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.
How it is he didn’t see that making such a boneheaded move would be on par with suspending all air travel because of a plane crash, or outlawing motor vehicles because a thirty care pileup on the Connecticut Turnpike, is inconceivable.
Then again, no one who expects to be taken seriously ever used the terms “wisdom” and “Barack Obama” in the same paragraph, let alone sentence.
Well, earlier today, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman of Louisiana took his gavel and cracked it across the administration’s puss by blocking Obama’s six-month moratorium, saying, in effect, that the damage caused by the suspension of drilling would be inestimable.
Well done, Judge Feldman.
From Fox News:
Several companies that ferry people and supplies and provide other services to offshore drilling rigs asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans to overturn the moratorium, arguing it was arbitrarily imposed.
Feldman agreed, saying in his ruling the Interior Department seemed to assume that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.
“An invalid agency decision to suspend drilling of wells in depths of over 500 feet simply cannot justify the immeasurable effect on the plaintiffs, the local economy, the Gulf region, and the critical present-day aspect of the availability of domestic energy in this country,” Feldman wrote.
Feel free to take a “Hell Yes!” out of petty cash.
As expected, the White House vowed that they would seek an immediate appeal … because they can’t very demonstrate to the world how evil fossil fuels are if some right-wing judge appointed by a cowboy President is allowed to impose his free-market, big-oil, squash-the-little-guy agenda on the poor folks of the Gulf – even though the Obama moratorium would have put thousands upon thousands out of work, forced many drillers to move to friendlier waters and pushed America toward greater dependence on foreign oil.
The moratorium was imposed after the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed 11 workers and blew out the well that has spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.
The Interior Department said it needed time to study the risks of deepwater drilling. But the lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, La., claimed there was no proof the other operations posed a threat.
Company CEO Todd Hornbeck said after the ruling that he is looking forward to getting back to work.
“It’s the right thing for not only the industry but the country,” he said.
The moratorium was declared May 6 and originally was to last only through the month. Obama announced May 27 that he was extending it for six months.
Maybe more golf course time is what’s needed for Barack Obama. Maybe after the back nine, a return to the front nine would be best for all parties involved.