Just when you think that the news cannot get any more strange, it does. For the past week, we have heard how the colonial pipeline was shut down by hackers leaving the east coast vulnerable and creating gas shortages. Now, the pipeline is pretty much back up and running, but there are new issues brewing thanks to Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.
If you remember, Whitmer campaigned on the promise to shut down the Enbridge Pipeline to Canada, and MI officials have said that a section of the pipeline, Line 5, is too dangerous to continue operation. So, it isn’t a coincidence that Michigan has ordered the shutdown of this particular pipeline now too, right?
The United States is in the middle of a gas shortage crisis—so naturally, @GovWhitmer is shutting down another pipeline.
You can always count on Gretchen to use her power to make things worse.https://t.co/NQL7rxoqu7
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) May 12, 2021
Here’s the latest from the Guardian:
The state of Michigan has told a Canadian energy company it must shut down a controversial oil and gas pipeline by Wednesday amid growing fears that a spill would be catastrophic to the region, in a feud which threatens to strain relations between Canada and the United States.
The company’s refusal to comply with the order, and swift support from top Canadian officials, highlights the politicized nature of pipelines, which campaigners have used as a target in the fight against climate change.
For nearly 67 years, Enbridge has moved oil and natural gas from western Canada through Michigan and the Great Lakes to refineries in the province of Ontario.
But Michigan says that one section to the pipeline – Line 5 – is too risky to continue operating.
In November, the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer, announced a plan to revoke the easement granted to Enbridge, which permits Line 5 to cross under the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer set 12 May as the deadline for the Canadian energy giant to shut down the pipeline.
“These oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are a ticking timebomb, and their continued presence violates the public trust and poses a grave threat to Michigan’s environment and economy,” Whitmer’s office said in a statement.
The company says it has never experienced a leak in the underwater section of Line 5 and is currently working to tunnel beneath the lake bed to further improve the safety of the pipeline. But in the last two years, the pipeline has been struck by boat anchors and cables. And in 2010, a separate Enbridge pipeline spilled 3.2m litres of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.
Whitmer, who campaigned on shutting down the pipeline, has received support from Democratic attorneys general as well environmental campaigners and Indigenous communities on both sides of the border.
“Should anything that’s being transported in these 67-year-old pipelines get into the Great Lakes, it would have devastating effects and irreparable consequences,” said the Anishinabek Nation grand council chief, Glen Hare, who represents 39 First Nations across Ontario.
So what in the fresh hell is happening?
Biden shut down the Keystone Pipeline.
Next, the Colonial Pipeline was shut down.
Now Michigan shuts down the Canadian Pipeline…
Are we supposed to believe that this is all just one big coincidence?
According to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, absolutely not.
On Tuesday, Carlson warned Americans that the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline was orchestrated.
He said that on some level, the White House approves of this disaster.
At this point none of this should surprise any of us, after all, Biden told us this is what would happen, right?
Keystone Pipeline XL anyone?
Remember when Biden told us he wanted to shut down pipelines and oil and gas?
— Bidinflation Czar Poso (@JackPosobiec) May 11, 2021
It's remarkable that Biden is nowhere to be found as gas shortages hit various parts of the country following a pipeline hack, our closest ally faces rocket fire of over 1000 rockets, and the border has unprecedented levels of crossings. No response. Nothing. Really strange.
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) May 12, 2021
Joe Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline.
Biden sent union workers packing and destroyed jobs to appease a tiny fringe of climate extremists. This move gutted American energy security & independence.
Now millions of Americans sit in gas lines & airlines don't have fuel to fly.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 11, 2021
It's time for Biden to admit he was wrong, apologize to the workers whose jobs he destroyed, and reverse his decision to cancel the Keystone pipeline.
Energy security matters.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 11, 2021
Gas prices are skyrocketing. Gas shortages are hitting parts of America.
We knew this would happen when President Biden cancelled the Keystone XL Pipeline and reversed our America-first energy policies.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) May 12, 2021
The Colonial Pipeline crisis shows that we need more American energy to fuel our economy, not less.
But the Biden Administration has already canceled the Keystone Pipeline and paused oil and gas drilling, leaving our energy supply more vulnerable to attacks.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 11, 2021
🚨 WATCH → Joe Biden's own Energy Secretary admitted that "pipe is the best way” to transport fuel.
So why did Joe Biden cancel the Keystone XL pipeline?
Pure politics. pic.twitter.com/VRECpwVCUW
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 12, 2021
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