Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Obama's Brief Moratorium on Offshore Drilling Denied Legally


Obama's six month moratorium on new offshore drilling was blocked by a US Judge on grounds that the moratorium was not sufficiently justified by the Obama Administration. Viz., the Obama Administration did not satisfactory demonstrate that other offshore drilling operations were at similar risk as Deep Horizon.

Obama is caught because he has already allowed new offshore drilling at the start of his presidency, and therefore he needs just cause to impose a moratorium later in his presidency. If he had imposed a moratorium at the start of his presidency, there would be less an issue.

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