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Biden Oil Leasing Ban Is Up in Air After GOP Foes Win in Court

  • Judge orders Biden must resume selling oil and gas leases
  • Republican attorneys general had challenged moratorium
Historic Oil Rout Breaks Shale, Trump's Energy Dominance
Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden’s plans to curtail fossil fuels hit an early roadblock Tuesday, when a federal judge ruled against the administration’s temporary ban on selling new drilling rights on federal lands and waters.

The preliminary injunction issued late Tuesday by Louisiana-based U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty also is a victory for Republican state attorneys general who have launched a legal attack on Biden’s broad policy agenda by challenging his moves on everything from immigration to energy.