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A U.S. appeals court on Tuesdayan earlier decision upholding Obama-era standards for Arctic and Atlantic Ocean protections.
In an April 2017 executive order, then-President Trump unwound the Obama administration's permanent ban on offshore gas and oil drilling in the oceans.
But in 2019, the District Court for the District of Alaska ruled in favor of a coalition of conservation groups, finding that the Trump administration had overstepped its authority with the rollback. Plaintiffs in the case included the groups Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands, the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society.
Jill Biden announces 'next chapter' of Joining Forces
Jill Biden wore a necklacke paying tribute to Beau as she launched the 'next chapter' of Joining Forces, the initiative for military families she started with Michelle Obama.'Service members cannot be focused on their mission if their families don't have what they need to thrive at home,' the first lady said in her announcement speech.
In its Tuesday order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld an earlier decision by the District of Alaska, noting that the Biden administration had issued an executive order revoking the Trump order.
"We lack jurisdiction to consider 'moot questions . . . or to declare principles or rules of law which cannot affect the matter in issue in the case before [us],'" the ruling states. "Because the terms of the challenged Executive Order are no longer in effect, the relevant areas of the OCS [outer continental shelf] in the Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and Atlantic Ocean will be withdrawn from exploration and development activities regardless of the outcome of these appeals."
"We welcome today's decision and its confirmation of President Obama's legacy of ocean and climate protection. As the Biden administration considers its next steps, it should build on these foundations, end fossil fuel leasing on public lands and waters, and embrace a clean energy future that does not come at the expense of wildlife and our natural heritage," Earthjustice said in a statement. "One obvious place for immediate action is America's Arctic, including the Arctic Refuge and the Western Arctic, which the previous administration sought to relegate to oil development in a series of last-minute decisions that violate bedrock environmental laws."
The judge in the Derek Chauvin case is orchestrating one of the nation’s most widely watched murder trials. Meet Peter Cahill. .
While Judge Peter Cahill allowed cameras in the courtroom for the first time in Minnesota state history, he's also been strict on other matters.That is exactly where Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill finds himself in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, entering its sixth week and bringing daily controversy and scrutiny to every step taken in the courtroom.