White House Forced to Admit They're Considering Shutting Another Pipeline as Prices Rise

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We reported on a story that the White House was considering what the consequences of shutting down the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan would be.

At a time when gas prices are soaring and people are demanding answers from the Administration about what they are going to do to help out the problem, the idea that they would be looking into the question of shutting down another pipeline is pure madness. As we noted, this isn’t shutting down a prospective pipeline — this would be shutting down a pipeline that provides more than half the propane used for heating in northern Michigan. Line 5 has been operating since the 1950s and is a major energy supplier to Michigan and the region. It delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes, and Michigan, and into Ontario.


But when White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about it by Fox’s Peter Doocy, initially she denied the report as “inaccurate.”

From Fox News:

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Jean-Pierre fired back. “That is not right. So any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate.”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre responded.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting,’” Doocy said. “I said, is it being studied right now? Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?

“Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre replied. “I thought you were saying that we were going to shut it down, but that is not inaccurate. The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing an environmental impact to look through this.”

So they’re playing word games and you have to press them to get the right answer when they should just be straight about it all. Why would you be considering such a thing, particularly at a time with rising prices and when it could, according to the report, also cause international problems by antagonizing Canada who is against it being stopped? It makes no sense at all.


Meanwhile, in addition to nonsensical moves like that, Jean-Pierre said they really have no idea what to do when it comes to the rising gas prices. But don’t worry, they’re “monitoring it” although they “don’t have anything” yet.

That’s so reassuring that they’re monitoring it while looking into cutting more pipelines. Are they high?

If we looked at the response that we reported on from Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, you just might think so. She laughed her head off when asked about rising gas prices. “HAHAHAHA — That is hilarious!” she said.

This is the leadership we now have in Washington — bereft of all sense.


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