If old Twitter Toes had remained in the White House, our country would be like something out of the movie classic Soylent Green. Everyone wears gas masks to walk outside. And once people are no longer of use to the leaders end up as Edgar G. Robinson, tomorrow’s energy bars. The science fiction was set in 2022, and the ex-president was well on his way to create that world for us. Check out what he did.
The man who would be king did manage to get us further along than we imagined, and the result was chilling. In Soylent Green:
‘People turn into herds and riots are broken up by garbage scoops that toss people into giant trucks…[and] people live in the streets and line up for their rations of water and Soylent Green.’
The former president retracted as much of President Barack Obama’s legacy as possible, working like a demon to make it happen. He issued an Executive Order that retracted Obama’s permanent ban on drilling for gas and oil in our oceans in 2017.
Then, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska ruled against 45 in 2019 and for a coalition consisting of conservation organizations. These included:
‘Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands, the Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society.’
The Court ruled that then-POTUS had gone way beyond his authority by doing so. Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled for Alaska, calling the previous occupant of the White House’s defense a “moot” issue:
‘In its Tuesday order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld an earlier decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, noting that the Biden administration had issued an executive order revoking the Trump order.’
The ruling criticized the ex’s actions:
‘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].’
Indeed, the Court protected the “Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and Atlantic Ocean:”
‘Because the terms of the challenged Executive Order are no longer in effect, the relevant areas of the OCS [outer continental shelf] in the Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and Atlantic Ocean will be withdrawn from exploration and development activities regardless of the outcome of these appeals.’
EarthJustice wrote, welcoming “President Obama’s legacy” reinstated. It also urged President Joe Biden to “build on these foundations:”
‘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.’
In its statement, the organization wrote:
‘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.’
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