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Biden Fights Bid to Boost Oil Drilling, Climate Goal at Risk (1) – Bloomberg Law

By Laurel Calkins and Jennifer A. Dlouhy
President Joe Biden may yet fulfill a campaign promise to slash oil and gas development on federal lands and waters, if an appeals court rejects an effort by 13 states to expand domestic energy production.
The states, led by Louisiana and backed by an armada of industry trade groups, told a three-judge federal panel in New Orleans on Tuesday that Biden had shelved planned sales of drilling rights without the “reasoned explanation” required by law.
“Just a change of administration is not a ‘reasoned’ decision,” Scott St John, Louisiana’s deputy solicitor general, told the court. Officials must “grapple with the …
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