The offshore drilling ban reversal has nothing to do with the courts and is a simply matter of executive policy, but this liberal judge took the matter into her own hands and legislated from the bench.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason was nominated by Barack Obama, and it seems she wants to ensure that all of his misguided and outrageous actions are supported.
So, according to her, Obama had the authority to write the bans, but President Trump doesn’t have the authority to reverse them.
Such logic is both wrong and offensive.
“The wording of President Obama’s 2015 and 2016 withdrawals indicates that he intended them to extend indefinitely, and therefore be revocable only by an act of Congress,” said Gleason, who was nominated to the bench by Obama.
A Department of Justice spokesman, Jeremy Edwards, declined to comment on the liberal bench legislation, but the American Petroleum Institute, a defendant in the case, disagreed with the ruling.
“In addition to bringing supplies of affordable energy to consumers for decades to come, developing our abundant offshore resources can provide billions in government revenue, create thousands of jobs and will also strengthen our national security,” it said in a statement.
And that’s the real issue.
President Trump is supporting jobs and wage growth with his policies, and liberals are desperate to stymie him.
Erik Grafe, an attorney with Earthjustice, was thrilled by the abuse of judicial power, saying “shows that the president cannot just trample on the Constitution to do the bidding of his cronies in the fossil fuel industry at the expense of our oceans, wildlife and climate.”
Fox News explained:
Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Wood said during a hearing before Gleason in November that environmental groups were misinterpreting the intent of the law written in 1953.
He said it is meant to be flexible and sensible and not intended to bind one president with decisions made by another when determining offshore stewardship as needs and realities change over time.
In 2015, Obama halted exploration in coastal areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas and the Hanna Shoal, an important area for walrus. In late 2016, he withdrew most other potential Arctic Ocean lease areas — about 98 percent of the Arctic outer continental shelf.
The bans were intended to protect polar bears, walruses, ice seals and Alaska Native villages that depend on the animals.
In the Atlantic, Obama banned exploration in 5,937 square miles (15,377 square kilometers) of underwater canyon complexes, citing their importance for marine mammals, deep-water corals, valuable fish populations and migratory whales.
Of course, there’s no reason to believe that such ‘populations’ would be severely impacted by drilling, and every reason to acknowledge that such enterprises would reduce Americas dependence on foreign oil sources.
Such actions by ‘judges’ nominated by Obama is typical. They are ready to deny their oath to uphold the rule of law, so that the worst president in the history of the United States can keep his dying legacy.