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The latest: Court strikes down ruling that blocked Biden’s oil drilling pauseReturn to menu
A federal appellate judge struck down a lower court’s decision that had stopped the Biden administration from pausing the auction of oil and gas drilling rights in federal lands and water, a key campaign pledge in the president’s plan for tackling climate change.
The Post’s Dino Grandoni and Anna Phillips report that on Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit vacated a district-court decision from last year in favor of Louisiana and other petroleum-rich states that rely on oil and gas royalties to fund their governments. Per our colleagues:
You can read the full story here.Circuit Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham sent the case back to the lower court, writing that its initial decision stopping Biden’s moratorium on leasing was too vague to be valid.
The latest ruling may help reinvigorate Biden’s efforts to reform the federal government’s oil and gas leasing program in its fight against global warming. Emissions of fossil fuels extracted on federal lands account for nearly a quarter of the nation’s heat-trapping carbon-dioxide pollution.