This is totally unacceptable. President Obama’s administration really is a regime. How else would you define an Executive Branch of the federal government that has completely ignored federal rulings twice in the past month months? I guess they figure the judges don’t really mean what they say.
We know that a federal judge has ruled the entire 2010 health care legislation unconstitutional and now we have a Department of Interior who is flagrantly ignoring federal court rulings to allow permits to again be issued to companies who want to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
Federal Judge Martin Feldman ordered the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to act on five pending deep water permit applications within 30 days. The case was brought by Ensco, an offshore driller whose permits have been under review for as long as nine months.
Since finally lifting its blanket ban in October, the Administration has failed to issue a single permit, blaming strained resources and new regulations. Ensco believes, as Judge Feldman wrote, that the “government’s continuous delays are intentional,” part of an effort to use last year’s BP oil spill as an excuse to limit fossil fuel extraction.
Does the rule of law apply to the Obama regime? Ken Salazar is in contempt.
Judge Feldman struck down the Obama Administration’s first drilling moratorium and earlier this month ruled Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in contempt for imposing a second moratorium that showed a “flagrant” disregard for the first ruling.
Where are the liberal/progressive/statists on all of this? They – well a good portion of them – are totally cool with the president ignoring a federal ruling simply because they don’t want any oil drilling at all. There might even be some conservatives who agree, but what kind of slippery slope is this?