Are DOJ and DOI Making a Competent Legal Effort on Gulf Moratorium?

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 7:00 am

If the Obama Administration and Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar truly believe in the propriety of their six-month moratorium, and are dedicated to fighting through appeal for it, why are their lawyers not acting like it? Are they really not trying because they really don’t care, or are they just sloppy and incompetent? It’s one or the other.

 

Economism and The Idolatry of The Oil Industry

By: Sunday June 27, 2010 7:36 am

It seems clear that the environmental devastation of an entire region should take priority over the continued operation of an industry that is mired in corruption and recklessness. Perhaps it is fair that they lose some profits and some jobs as a result of this disaster.

Captured Government: How a Federal Court Can Claim Deepwater Drilling Is Safe

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 2:00 pm

In the absence of any evidence of overwhelmingly bad lawyering by the Government’s attorneys, you have to wonder how any competent court could conclude that there isn’t a compelling case for stopping all offshore drilling. This is as close to a no-brainer as you get.

Obama Drilling Moratorium Overturned in Curious Court Decision

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 2:35 pm

What else could have been behind this bunk decision? Well, for one, Judge Feldman’s disclosures indicate he is invested in and tied to Transocean and Ocean Energy concerns, among others, which certainly ought to raise a red flag. The other question I have is whether or not the government’s attorneys or staff gave some informal clue to the court that they would not be upset in the least if the court were to rule against them. There are lots of ways to accomplish this and, yes, it does occasionally occur. I have no idea or evidence that is the case here; but this is simply an inexplicable decision to the best of my experience. Something funny happened on the way to the forum, that is for sure.

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