The White House confirmed that President Joe Biden is considering a shutdown of the Embridge Line 5 pipeline as the nation faces surging gas prices during the president’s first year in office.
“There is a review and we’re waiting,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during Monday’s daily press briefing.
A decision has not yet been made, but she did confirm the study was taking place regarding an upcoming decision.
The Line 5 pipeline travels through the Straits of Makinac in Michigan.
It’s for our own good that we freeze this winter, as Biden plans to close more US pipelines as he begs Saudis and Russians to increase THEIR production. We could do it cleaner, quicker, cheaper and with American jobs. But that’s not good for us. Brilliant. https://t.co/GqI2QDbG2K
— David Asman (@DavidAsmanfox) November 8, 2021
Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had previously ordered the pipeline’s shutdown, but the pipeline continues to operate as legal proceedings continue.
If stopped, it would not be the first pipeline project Biden has ended. During his first week in office, the president signed an executive order to end construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The plan also stands out as Biden has given approval to a controversial Russian pipeline and has begged OPEC nations to increase oil production in a mixed up combination that puts Americans last rather than first.