Just this past week, President Biden banned imports of Russian oil.
While the move had bipartisan support, a group of conservative lawmakers has made it known that this would be counterproductive if it didn’t happen along with an increase in domestic supply to make up the difference.
Now, one out of touch blue state Democrat wants to squeeze America’s oil supply even more while Americans are saddled with record prices for gasoline.
The Line 5 oil pipeline runs from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Canada and has been in operation for over 60 years.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) wants the Biden administration to shut it down because she says that keeping the pipeline open could result in an oil spill.
Nessel contends that the Department of Transportation, led by Secretary Pete Buttigieg, has jurisdiction over federal pipeline regulations and could therefore use its authority to close Line 5.
At a monthly meeting of the Royal Oak Area Democratic Club, Nessel said, “I do wish that the Biden administration would be even a fraction as vocal about the importance of shutting down Line 5 as Justin Trudeau and his government have been about, you know, maintaining a pipeline that has outlasted its lifespan by, you know, two times. The Trudeau administration has been very vocal about wanting to make sure that that they can provide as much, you know, dirty oil to Canadian citizens as possible, because that’s who Line 5 benefits, not us here in Michigan.”
Nessel asserts that a rupture in the pipeline would result in a multibillion-dollar cleanup response and would be far more impactful than shutting down the pipeline, saying, “We know that the impact on gas prices in the state of Michigan would be incredibly minimal.”
But according to Enbridge, the company that owns the pipeline, Line 5 supplies 65% of propane demand in the Upper Peninsula, and 55% of Michigan’s statewide propane needs.
According to the Detroit News, a study commissioned by the Consumer Energy Alliance found that “overall, the [Line 5] closure could increase regional fuel prices by 9.5% to 11.7%, if the fallout from prior disruptions to refineries due to natural disasters is any indication.”
Brendan Williams, president of the fuel supplier PBF Energy, says that closing the pipeline “would be devastating for the region” and that the amount of crude oil moving through Line 5 is “the equivalent of 40 percent of the crude capacity of regional refiners.”
Naturally, far-left Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is on the same page as Nessel, having sued to get the oil pipeline shut down in 2020.
According to the website gasbuddy.com, gasoline prices hover around $4 per gallon across the Wolverine State and a 10% increase in fuel prices would only add insult to injury at a time of record inflation.
The sad truth is that out of touch Democrats in Michigan and Washington, D.C. have long since abandoned any pretense of looking out for everyday Americans, and now we’re all paying for it, literally.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any update to this ongoing story.