(TargetLiberty.org) – President Biden’s green ambitions have landed him in hot water again, after furious legislators slammed his plans to close another fuel pipeline. Environmentalists say keeping the pipe open risks pollution; Republicans and energy companies say closing it will push up already sky-high fuel prices.
Last week, news leaked out that the Biden administration is looking at the impact of closing the Line 5 pipeline, which runs from oilfields in western Canada to a refinery in Escanaba, MI. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) wants the pipeline shut down, and she’s backed up by a coalition of environmentalists and Native Americans who say a leak could pollute the Great Lakes. However, the news sparked a furious reaction from Republicans, the oil industry and the Canadian government.
Memo to the @WhiteHouse: Yes, shutting down Line 5 will indeed shock regional energy prices and make it even more expensive for Michigan families to heat their homes. Don’t do it. pic.twitter.com/xrmzivLtYP
— Rep Tim Walberg (@RepWalberg) November 3, 2021
Over a dozen GOP congressmen, led by Representative Bob Latta (R-OH), wrote to Biden to warn him that, with winter approaching and energy costs already skyrocketing, this isn’t the time to be thinking about cutting off a vital supply of propane heating fuel. Propane prices have been on the rise over the past year, forcing up the cost of living and leaving many Americans about to face a cold, uncomfortable winter. Shutting down Line 5 could have disastrous effects, and at a time when people are already pinching pennies, driving up costs further is not what anyone needs.
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