All beef baloney. This joker of a judge, a Reagan appointee, has personal investments in oil, and should have recused himself.<quoted text>
The judge determined Obama MISLED and didn't even use the Experts reports to justify his knee-jerk decision.
Fed Judge: Obama Misled, halts Obama's oil-drilling ban
June 22, 2010
By Stephen Dinan
A federal judge in New Orleans halted President Obama's deepwater drilling moratorium on Tuesday, saying the government never justified the ban and appeared to mislead the public in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Judge Martin L.C. Feldman issued an injunction, saying that the moratorium will hurt drilling-rig operators and suppliers and that the government has not proved an outright ban is needed, rather than a more limited moratorium.
He also said the Interior Department also misstated the opinion of the experts it consulted. Those experts from the National Academy of Engineering have said they don't support the blanket ban.
"Much to the government's discomfort and this Court's uneasiness, the summary also states that 'the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.' As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading," Judge Feldman said in his 22-page ruling.
I certainly don't like seeing jobs lost. But the overall well-being of the American people is at stake. We still don't know what caused the present oil spill, and we are being asked to continue the same kind of drilling. This is not a question of politics. This is pure and simple madness.
A six-month moratorium is certainly not too much to ask. Personally, I would support a moratorium until we know what the hell we're doing.