Everybody expects the Warmunist Inquisition.
U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras argued that the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management “did not sufficiently consider climate change” before auctioning off some 300,000 acres of federal land to drilling companies in 2015 and 2016, the Washington Post reported.
“Given the national, cumulative nature of climate change, considering each individual drilling project in a vacuum deprives the agency and the public of the context necessary to evaluate oil and gas drilling on federal land before irretrievably committing to that drilling,” he wrote.
The Contreras name is familiar to anybody dealing with the FISA situation. This kind of ruling by Obama, Clinton and Carter judges has also become routine.
Judge Contreras is entitled to believe in global warming. He is not however entitled to mandate policy decisions based on it.
Elected officials make policy, not judges. (Though we have unfortunately plenty of opposing examples.)
If Judge Contreras wants a president who will make policy decisions based on a shared belief that the sky is falling, he should work to elect such a president (outside of his impartial role in the judiciary.)
The voters had the opportunity to elect a president who would take “climate change” into account when making land use decisions. (But, according to Judge Contreras, even the Obama admin did not do so sufficiently.) The voters chose not to do so.
That is the decision of the American people.
Judge Contreras, like most leftists, doesn’t believe that the American people should have the power to make that decision.