LAGOP: “Obama Appeal Highlights Hypocrisy”

June 22, 2010

Baton Rouge – Today, Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere praised a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman that overturned Barack Obama’s drilling moratorium that threatened thousands of Louisiana jobs and reacted to the Obama Administration’s pledge to appeal Feldman’s ruling.

In his ruling, Judge Feldman found that moratorium was arbitrarily imposed saying “an invalid agency decision to suspend drilling of wells in depths of over 500 feet simply cannot justify the immeasurable effect on the plaintiffs, the local economy, the Gulf region, and the critical present-day aspect of the availability of domestic energy in this country.”

“Today’s ruling brings a sense of relief to thousands of Louisianians whose livelihoods are either directly or indirectly impacted by Obama’s drilling moratorium,” said Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere. “Unfortunately, the decision seems to have already fallen on deaf ears at the White House. The Obama Administration’s pledge to appeal today’s decision simply reinforces the hypocrisy behind Obama’s pledge to ‘spare no effort’ in responding to this spill. Whether it’s the moratorium or job killing Cap & Tax legislation, Obama seems content on turning an environmental disaster into an economic nightmare.”

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