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by Liz Wolgemuth
If there's one message that has tolled consistently from the mouth of nearly every
A federal judge in New Orleans ruled to overturn Obama's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, saying the administration acted arbitrarily and capriciously in issuing it. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said it was "only a matter of time before more business and jobs and livelihoods will be lost." Elsewhere in his decision, the judge said that the court was "unable to divine or fathom a relationship between the findings and the immense scope of the moratorium."
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he will issue a new moratorium within the coming days. Given that the ongoing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is already considered the greatest environmental crisis in U.S. history, some Americans may side with the administration's immediate preventative measures, even if they mean job losses. Which they would. A report by the
Deepwater drilling provided 70 percent of the oil from federal Gulf of Mexico production in 2007, according to the
But job woes are not necessarily the best guide for all policy.
"It seems to me we should look at jobs policy and ask, 'what's the best thing to do for jobs policy?' Then we should look at environmental policy and say, 'what's the best thing we should do for environmental policy?'" says Sheldon Danziger, a professor at
The unemployment rate lingers at 9.7 percent. Last month, just 41,000 jobs were added in the private sector.
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