Obama Sued Over Canceled Wind-Farm Deal

by Greg Pollowitz

Another potential embarrassment for the president on the way?

A Chinese-owned company has filed a lawsuit against US President Barack Obama for blocking its purchase of wind farms near a US military base on national security grounds, court documents showed.

Obama signed the decree on Friday banning the sale of four wind farms in Oregon to the Ralls Corp and its Chinese affiliate, Sany Group.

In the decree, Obama said companies linked to Chinese nationals “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States”.

In a complaint filed on Monday in a US federal court, Ralls Corp argued that Obama had “exceeded his limited authority to “suspend or prohibit a “covered transaction” by dictating the terms of the sales, allowing the government to inspect all aspects of its operations and not treating the company equally as required under the law. 

It asked the court to declare the executive order “arbitrary and capricious” in contending that the transaction posed national security risks to the United States.