Line Five, a pipeline which brings oil to the Midwest from western Canadian provinces, is in the crosshairs of the Biden administration. However, plans to shut it down have been met with strong criticism.
While the administration has yet to make a firm decision on what it wants to do, critics have insisted that shutting down pipelines is, once again, a bad idea.
According to Fox News, it is also predicted that, regardless of which decision is taken, heating costs are expected to spike this year. "Yeah, this is going to happen. It will be more expensive this year than last year," Former governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm told the press.
"They're planning to power an industrial nation like the United States on solar panels and wind turbines," said Jason Hayes of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, adding that this is "one more example of being divorced from reality."
Hayes then went on to point out that, in order to produce solar panels and wind turbines, it's still necessary to use fossil fuels. He then continued:
"I hope it doesn't end like this, but where I see it going is unfortunately the same thing that happened in February in Texas: People freezing in their homes. Most of the time when it's extremely cold or there's a real bad polar vortex situation, typically it's pretty cloudy and there's not a lot of wind."
"It seems like the only nations that understand that we require reliable, affordable dispatchable energy is China and Russia. And they're the only ones that are producing energy and they're more than happy to hold that energy hostage for the rest of the world."
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) had previously tried to close the pipeline, but the move wound up morphing into an extended court battle at the time.
In January, after taking office, Biden shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, bringing oil from the oil sands of Alberta down into the US for processing. This cost many US jobs, and far more Canadian jobs.
Gas prices are on the rise in the US, and the Biden administration has consistently asked OPEC to increase production.
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