Oil industry group files suit against Biden admin over order pausing new leases for drilling: ‘The law is clear’

Joe Biden hasn’t even been in the Oval Office for two weeks yet, and already, he’s being dragged into court by an oil industry group that isn’t happy with the president’s recent executive order halting further leasing of federal lands for drilling.

According to Reuters, the Western Energy Alliance said Wednesday that it had “filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive order temporarily suspending oil and gas leasing on federal lands.”

The group’s president, Kathleen Sgamma, said Thursday that Biden’s order would kill nearly 60,000 jobs across more than half a dozen states, Fox News reported.

It could also cost as much as $33.5 billion in lost GDP, the group said, according to Breitbart.

“The law is clear”

According to Fox, Biden himself has said the order “directs the secretary of the interior to stop issuing new oil and gas leases on public lands and offshore waters.”

“We are going to start properly manage lands and waterways in ways that allow us to protect, preserve the full value that they provide for us for future generations,” the president remarked. But not everyone is happy with the development.

In a press release announcing their suit, the Western Energy Alliance reportedly said it is challenging Biden’s executive action because it “exceed[s] presidential authority and constitut[es] a violation of the Mineral Leasing Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act.”

The alliance represents some 200 oil and gas companies, according to Fox, and the group says the majority of its members “are small businesses with an average of 14 employees,” Breitbart reported.

“The law is clear. Presidents don’t have authority to ban leasing on public lands,” Sgamma said in a statement, according to Breitbart. “All Americans own the oil and natural gas beneath public lands, and Congress has directed them to be responsibly developed on their behalf.”

“Doesn’t make sense”

Biden, for his part, has argued that any jobs lost in the oil and gas industry can be easily replaced by work in clean energy. But speaking Thursday with Fox & Friends, Sgamma said that’s plainly “false.”

“The energy we use in the United States, over 70% of it comes from oil and natural gas,” she said, according to Fox. “People still need to drive their cars, they need to heat their homes, they need to turn on the switch and have reliable electricity 24/7.”

She went on:

If we kill oil and natural gas in the United States, we merely have to import that oil and natural gas from overseas, which doesn’t make sense because we produce it here in the United States under very strict environmental regulations. Not so much in Russia.

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  1. Well I hope those who voted for this dementia man are happy with what they have done to our country because I surely am not.

    1. sadly Harris and Pelousey wrote up those orders, DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE HE HAS ENOUGH LEFT TO WRITE UP 25 Exec, Orders ?

      1. Biden is signing EO Crap which he has NO CLUE to what he is signing. He doesn’t have the Mental Fortitude to understand what he is being “TOLD” to do. Why else do you think he always was Obozos Clown???

        Peloser, SchmuckedUP, and Harris ARE THE SIGNAL CALLERS HERE NOW. Remove these Traitors and America can take our country back. Send in the BLM squad and let them remove these traitors!!!!!!

      2. HE SIGNED THINGS HE SAID HE DID NOT KNOW WHAT HE WAS SIGNING, BUT his vp under the direction of obama told him to sign and like a robot he signed.

      3. no, he cannot even read them , would not understand it if he did read something other than the title. watch on TV as he opens up a folder, spends 60 seconds reading the title & signs it. what a fool we have for a President now. He is out to undo all the good work Trump has done out of spite. He is a vindictive old fool.

      1. This goes back even further, to at LEAST OBAMA, and who knows even before HIM. I’ve been an Election Judge since Obama’s 2nd run for President. Several people told me that the touchscreens were changing their ballots to the Democrat Candidates. They had to change their vote back several times before their choice stuck. How many people DIDN’T notice before hitting the final send button. This is in Chicago’s Cook “crook” County. ALL of the States should’ve been audited, not just the SWING States. They have MOUNTAINS of EVIDENCE of FRAUD in this election. They just won’t accept the PROOF. Trump is RIGHT to fight this.

      1. It wasn’t Stupid Joe who stole the votes. It was Pelousy, Schmucker, Harris. These are the real Evil ones.

        Deal with these 3 MORONS, and the rest will fall like rain!!!!

      2. All of the Dems Stole the election. As far as I am concerned, the current administration is not legitimate, including the Senators from Georgia who were only elected on fraudulent votes.

    1. you are right, I saw a picture of him that I tried to post on Facebook and was denied as he said Obama and him had figured out a way to steal the election and no one would know how.

        1. I hope you are right. I need to see this election corrected/overturned somehow. This is the biggest fraud against the American people in 100 years.

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  4. HOW MUCH OF THEIR CRAP ARE WE GONNA TAKE? SEEMS LIKE WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO THE END OF THEIR BS. THESE PEOPLE NEED TO BE REMOVED NOW WE CANT WAIT. THEY ARE RUINING OUR COUNTRY BY THE DAY COMMIES MUST GO

  5. If Biden had the sense that God gave a gnat, he could have left Trump’s policies in place and cruised through four years with a dynamic economy; however, he decided to destroy the economy in two weeks. I am on social security and idiot Biden wiped out my COLA with an increase in gas prices. Nice going sleepy Joe. Voters should have left you in the basemant!

    1. Oooooh, how soon people forget! The election was stolen. Never forget this. And Biden Harry Kamel are both communist and backed by communist. Biden said on January 20th. “We now have a communist government and should have had it years ago.” But evidently not many people heard that.

      1. He actually said that?? I did not even turn on the TV the whole day. could not stand to watch this fake man put hand on bible.

  6. When Biden banned leasing on public lands, what did he expect us to do with what we have right here? Are we to ship it overseas, then buy it back? Stupid is as stupid does!

  7. Unless WE THE PEOPLE stand up and do what is necessary our Republic is gone. Communism will have won. I fear that not enough patriots are left to do this.

  8. Lol, Bitme and his COMMUNIST Administration are bound and determined to make the UNITED STATES a 3rd world country BUT, in the process they will make themselves RICHer. Just think about this: “LETS SAY SOMETHING REALLY BAD HAPPENS HERE WHERE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TRT TO FLEE OUT OF THE COUNTRY, LOL, DO YOU THINK MEXICO OR CANADA OR ANY COUNTRY FOR THAT MATTER, HOW MANY WOULD WELCOME US WITH OPEN ARMS AND PROVIDE US WITH FOOD STAMPS, WELFARE. Think about that.

  9. We (American people) are the minority in our own country. We are going to be dissected by how much money we have or have not. And taking away jobs that will make us even lower. Our government is concerned about other countries rather than the US. GOD HAVE MERCY ON US!

  10. Start digging. There is an explanation for his actions. That pipeline project was stopped because his buddy, Warren Buffet, is making Two Billion dollars a year transporting that oil in his tank cars, on his railroad, and his track. There is something along those lines going on here.

    1. so U think Buffet a pig in this bush too? I did not know this about Buffet. I thought he was a good american.

  11. Why was Hunter opening energy companies in foreign counties like Russia, China and the Ukraine? Was it because his daddy was going to shut down all our energy companies and put America out of the oil and gas business? America would than buy our oil and gas from these foreign companies and that would make the Biden’s rich!

  12. This is what happens when choose another agenda to follow rather than our nation’s consitutition.
    Like the one world order

  13. We the ppl stand:
    DISGUSTED
    DISILLUSIONED
    DISAPPOINTED
    Our election Our voices Our votes STOLEN!!!!
    My heart breaks for lost JOBS!!!!

  14. Common sense says nobody voted for these idiots because you can’t even find one good post about them through any social media. The Democrats that voted are regretting it. The American People Want ThemOut Of Office. They are a danger to our country/ economy! Why aren’t the judges doing anything about this! Why are the top of the ladder people turning their head in fear! Trump was the better guy and we need him back ASAP!

  15. Justice Thomas is being presured to resign! I wonder why? Could it be that Barac Obama wants to take his place….? Of course it is. The stage has been set when a pathway avails itself.

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