I heard the White House was appealing today's decision. How can they legally issue a new drilling ban while appealing a court decision on their previous ban? Doesn't sound right to me.
It’s time for a lot of us to stop asking “how can they” in accordance to the Constitution, or a court ruling, or the will of the people.
It’s obvious that they just “do”, regardless of any laws or previous forms of protocol.
The question must shift to “what are we going to do about it”. Saying “no fair” is not going to matter to these people, and their media will cover for them and demonize anybody questioning the “why”.
Based on what the judge said today, they would have to come in with some very precise info & request a moratorium limited in scope. Fox example, if it was determined that a flibberwidget on BP’s rig failed & all of the other rigs have or may have a similar flibberwidget, the court may find it reasonable to suspend drilling for a brief period to allow for inspections to be made & reports submitted to the courts.
My sense from today’s ruling is that he is looking for specificity that would be enough to override the staggering amount of economic harm that would be done.
IOW the govt has to show a compelling state interest that outweights the damage that will be done.