EPA, the Courts: Do They Not Drive? Use Plastic? Walk on Asphalt?

AP, “Appeals court cancels offshore drilling program“:

WASHINGTON (AP) A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Bush administration did not properly study the environmental impact of expanding oil and gas drilling off the Alaska coast and canceled a program to find new reserves.

A three-judge panel in Washington found that the Bush-era Interior Department failed to consider the effect on the environment and marine life before it began the process in August 2005 to expand an oil and gas leasing program in the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi seas.

April 17, 2009 will go down as a day to remember, when the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch both found ways to turn against the use of the domestic energy that helped make America a prosperous nation, extended U.S. lifespans 30 years in the 20th Century, and fueled the military that defeated tyranny.

Will the Legislative Branch listen to the public and recognize the value of mobility, jobs and economic growth? We better hope so. Otherwise, artificial scarcity and falling standards of living will be imposed on all of us.

The opinion from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, in Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Department of Interior is here.

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