U.S. District Court Judge Terry Doughty put an injunction on President Joe Biden’s halt of leasing federal lands for the purpose of oil drilling, according to The Daily Caller.
Doughty, who is from the Western District of Louisana which is an area steeped in the oil and gas industry, granted his preliminary injunction that will be in place until a final ruling from a higher court.
The judge’s move is considered a setback for the Biden administration due to the premium they’ve put on pursuing a fix for climate change, in agreement with the progressive agenda.
“This is a victory not only for the rule of law, but also for the thousands of workers who produce affordable energy for Americans,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“We appreciate that federal courts have recognized President Biden is completely outside his authority in his attempt to shut down oil and gas leases on federal lands.”
States made their move after the president signed an executive order banning new leases for oil and gas on federal lands on Jan. 27, just days after he took office.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs made the case that Biden’s order was in violation of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Mineral Leasing Act which were passed by Congress in an attempt to allow the United States to achieve energy independence. The 13 states represented in the suit made the case that Biden’s order makes the U.S. dependent on foreign energy sources.
After the Daily Caller reported on Doughtry’s decision, social media users shared their thoughts on the administration’s order. One user commented “And people wonder why our gas prices keep going up. Amazing how our own Pres diminishes our own supply while expanding Russia’s.” Two others offered their thanks to the judge and attorneys fighting the case saying, “Nice to see the Courts constrain this wannabe Dictator,” and “Thank God we have some one (sic) willing to protect our country.”