By Karl Denninger
WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday he will issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling after a federal judge struck down the existing one.
Salazar said in a statement that the new order will contain additional information making clear why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. The judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier in the day complained there wasn’t enough justification for it.
That’s an open act of contempt of court.
The administration had its opportunity to argue it’s case. It failed to persuade, in no small part because it filed it’s brief containing the “report” in which it intentionally cast in false light the statements of several experts that were consulted.
The Judge properly saw through this and ruled against the administration.
The administration has a right of appeal and to ask for a stay on the judge’s order.
It does not have a right to ignore or circumvent the Judge’s order, irrespective of the fraudulent device it might choose to employ to do so.
We either live in a land where the judiciary is the place you go for adjudication of disputes or we live in a Kingdom with a self-appointed ruler and King.
Which is it?
District Judge Feldman is now compelled to hold Ken Salazar in contempt of court for willfully and intentionally evading his lawful order.
Salazar said in his late Tuesday statement imposing a moratorium “was and is the right decision.”
It doesn’t matter whether you believe it was the right decision or not. You were overruled by a court of law.