A couple days ago I saw an article about ExxonMobil suing the Department of Interior (DOI) herein known as The Feds, i.e. Ken Salazar, Obama, BOEMRE, EPA etc. All the alphabet soup of federal agencies that impede capitalism and the road to the U.S. becoming energy independent.
ExxonMobil’s suit swirls around some lucrative leases in the Julia Field off the coast of New Orleans. DOI head Salazar cancelled the leases which may yield billions of dollars in oil as well as billions of barrels of oil. One of ExxonMobil’s partner in the leases, StatOil, is also suing the Feds for the same reason.
“The Interior decision is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise contrary to law,” and “deprives Exxon Mobil of property without due process of law,” the Irving, Texas-based company said in its complaint.
We’ve come to expect this kind of behavior from the Feds and Obama. He travels to Brasil with the intent of the U.S. “being one of their best customers” for oil when we have plenty of our own right here. Salazar and the EPA are giving fits to Shell in the Beaufort Sea about their air permits. Obama has Salazar and BOEMRE put a permatorium in the GOM after the BP DeepWater Horizon accident. Salazar has been ruled in civil contempt of court twice for failing to lift said permatorium. . But do you see him in jail like everyone else would be? As far as I know he is still out in the streets because he and his DOI are now causing problems for EM.
But let’s take a look at how this is being reported by the media. The first article from Bloomberg I ran across is titled:
Exxon Sues Interior Dept. over cancelled oil leases
Factual, unbiased. Both in the title and the content of the article. Now h/t to Bob Montgomery, who emailed me with a few choice words when HE found the same info on the AP. Look at the title of their article:
Exxon Fights US over major oil discovery
Yep, as usual. The leftist, biased AP makes EM look like the bad guy here. Anyone without a basic knowledge of how the MSM operates would think that EM is the evil-doer when it appears they have done everything correctly.
It’s not enough that the Obama administration is deliberating impeding under a concerted effort to stop all fossil fuel energy use in the U.S. and costing thousands of jobs in the industry, but then his partners in crime, one of them being the left-leaning AP comes along and throws out a title like this.
According to the Denver Post DOI must respond within 60 days.
I’m gonna take a wild guess at this: betcha they snub their noses at the court like they snubbed that judge in Louisiana.
Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the House Natural Resources Dept. should be out in front of the cameras telling Salazar he’s going to be hauled into Congress for hearings.
But I forgot: Congress is out of session until after Labor Day.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks