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Welcome back folks -- critics say it was a classic case of regulation verses jobs and that the regulators lost.
A federal judge in Wyoming last week ruling in favor of oil and gas companies who were challenging the administration.
The court agreeing with the oil companies that the Obama administration rules went too far.
And trying to -- gas and oil exploration at least in this particular case joining me now columnist and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin.
And Joshua -- is a former spokesman for the Clinton gore and gore Lieberman presidential campaigns.
-- Michelle thank you both so much for being yours and jump to perspective for us for the -- person at home wasn't following -- -- as a significant.
Sure I think it's highly significant because you have affirmation from -- Obama all pointy.
On the courts Nancy -- and all as the one who issued this ruling last Friday.
Late Friday on afternoon.
That this administration has continued to legislate behind closed doors without any public comment or review.
Trumping congressional laws.
And doing it in a way that was arbitrary capricious and contrary to the rule of law.
In essence here just to boil it down the western energy alliance was the plaintiff in the case and they represent a lot of oil and gas.
Interests here in my part of the country and the rocky mountain region.
And there are our thicket of of rules and a bunch of hoops that any of these interests.
Have to goes through in order to drill on federal -- in 2005.
Congress decided that.
As a matter of national policy and in order to make America more energy independent.
That they would expedite some of these environmental reviews.
And interior secretary Ken Salazar decided unilaterally.
Along with the US Forest Service that they didn't want those expedited rules anymore.
And behind closed doors and may 2010 they came up with their own set of rules over ruling.
What congress had passed into law.
And what Nancy -- well decided on Friday was that this entire regime that they put into place in the spring of -- when He ten.
-- with unacceptable circumvented transparency and she issued a nationwide injunction against those rules a huge rebuke of the administration -- why why is.
Interior Department trying to do that why would they be standing in in the way of these these permits in these cases adding that there were there in the rule -- -- -- With basically it would allow them to get permits Wear.
A permanent -- -- granted before the the only streamlined in cases where it seemed pretty obvious that that oil and gas company deserved the permit.
As Salazar stood in the way of that so why why did He do that.
He answers the question meg and -- You know as a pro growth Democrat I I would agree there are some regulations that are out of place but.
In the case of making sure the oil and gas industry pays their fair -- or share or takes the time to make sure we don't have more deep water horizon accidents or.
He is is taking the time need to make sure these these lands of the right ones to be exploring for for oil and gas I think that's probably appropriate.
This law this effort may itself not have been right but underlying that -- I think.
Is the is the White House effort to make sure the economy gets going that we create some jobs at the oil and gas industry that's making hundreds of billions of dollars in profit every year.
Is behaving responsibly and that's what the American people want to see.
Michelle what is wrong with -- the brakes and determining that process if it's in the name of safety.
Well I'm with all due respect your guest I think He is completely filibustering -- probably hasn't read the actual ruling.
Because what the judge said and I think again it's so damning is.
That they were at legislating they were changing -- law without public comment without public review this is the way this administration has operated.
And it's the way that the Interior Department in particular has operated as a said this is just the latest -- You had Martin Feldman the judge in Louisiana you have the fifth Circuit Court.
You have the interior department's inspector general office it's self.
All going after the interior department for making these kinds of decisions when they have no legal right to do so and they've shown a clear contempt for the rule of law.
Second of all the western energy alliance the plaintiff in the case representing many of these.
Oil and gas interests who have gone through years and years of this kind of administrative review.
Claim that they were injured.
Economically and lot by job loss because of these rules.
And the Obama administration just turned up his nose and said that that wasn't true well the judge again appointed by Obama said.
It was clear that they had demonstrated injury as a result of these.
-- album out of control rules.
That hurt that hurt that we had no.
That had no grounding in any kind of public comment -- view at all.
You know judge in the obviously oil and gas companies are easy to demonize -- have a bunch -- -- and sometimes they're environmental mess ups but.
They employ a lot of people and -- has been a narrative throughout Obama's presidency that his critics have it is -- that He doesn't like oil and gas companies.
And that -- cracked down on them repeatedly in on fairways at a stifled jobs in the economy something that He.
Today at that event we watched him at you seem to be saying was is number one issue.
Well look you know -- Michelle's right the judge in this case appointed by the president found these companies had paid a price but the question is in the context.
Of their overall business in the context of safety is that is that it is an appropriate I'm not there to adjudicate this case.
But the president today was it Johnson Controls no this is time magazine's that is something very -- which is the president was at a factor today that is responsible for thousands of jobs.
He was there this is a company that -- buys its its material from companies all over the country didn't sound selves employ.
Thousands of others He was asked.
At this company for three reasons one because you save the auto industry.
Too because He helped create standards -- -- the drive.
Green cars and three because we're we created a battery industry through appropriate incentives to create new jobs don't know that the bit errors there -- opportunity here as well.
Although she would clearly like I can't let Michelle respond because that I accept unpleasant things about the -- coming -- appreciate all of us.
You bet it is thank you by the late check out Michelle Malkin dot com if you really wanna hear but Michelle is about to say -- we get a that it --
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