Report: Biden admin contemplates shutting down yet another US pipeline

At a time when rising gas prices are already putting American consumers in a pinch, President Joe Biden is reportedly weighing whether to shut down a key oil pipeline in Michigan as a result of pressure from environmentalists as well as that state’s Democrat governor, as the Daily Wire reports.

The outlet cites a report in subscription publication Politico Pro,, which noted that a revocation of permits for the Line 5 pipeline that carries oil from western Canada through Wisconsin, the Great Lakes, Michigan and through to Ontario would be hailed by environmentalist groups, but would likely worsen tensions with Canada and threaten increased energy costs that are already viewed as problematic.

Furthermore, there has been much disagreement among industry and environmental advocacy groups about the potential impact a shutting down of Line 5 would actually have in the upper Midwest. Enbridge, the pipeline’s owner, argues that it supplies over half of the heating propane in northern Michigan, an area where prices have surged by 50% in the last year.

On the other side of the coin, Native American tribes and others have backed efforts by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to close the pipeline, arguing that any spill originating from it would cause massive devastation to the Great Lakes and surrounding economies, as Politico noted separately.

The Biden administration reportedly has not yet come to any conclusions about the wisdom of shutting down Line 5, and current fact-finding endeavors are being undertaken simply to provide the White House with a full understanding of the situation, as sources explained to Politico Pro.

According to the Politico Pro piece, “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Such considerations, as Red State’s Mike Miller, opines, seem to factor less and less into many of the startlingly tone-deaf, authoritarian decisions made by Biden in recent months on everything from the southern border to vaccine mandates.

As Miller observes, “Biden doesn’t seem to give a damn – or no longer has the mental acuity to comprehend – what’s ‘political poison’ and what’s not to his disastrous presidency” and is “little more than the organ grinder money of the radical left.”

With average gasoline prices up roughly $1.30 from this time last year, one might think Biden would reconsider the wisdom of policies that killed the Keystone XL pipeline and have him meekly – and unsuccessfully – begging OPEC for more output, but nobody who has been paying attention is likely to hold their breath.