MADISON, WI -- (Press Release) -- Senator Rob Stafsholt (R - New Richmond) issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s possible attempt to shut down the critical Line 5 Pipeline:
The Biden administration is once again flirting with disaster, as it mulls shutting down the critical Line 5 Pipeline just as Wisconsinites face soaring heating bills ahead. The 10th Senate District would be hit especially hard by a political decision meant to appease President Biden’s environmental extremist friends while hurting Americans — Democrats and Republicans. And Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul are doing nothing to protect Wisconsin consumers.
“What’s really concerning is the silence from our so-called leaders. They have repeatedly failed to act in the best interest of Wisconsinites. Governor Evers and Attorney General Kaul are so beholden to the Democratic Party and its liberal agenda that they are willing to force businesses to close and see Wisconsinites suffer.”
Enbridge Line 5 is a vital link to propane and other energy supplies for the upper Midwest. It carries 540,000 barrels of light crude oil, light synthetic crude oil, and natural gas liquids through Wisconsin and Michigan to Canada.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sued Enbridge Energy seeking the shutdown of the pipeline. The White House admitted it is studying the impact of doing so. This should come as no surprise from an administration whose first acts included stopping construction of the $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline project.
“Propane prices have soared 60 percent already thanks to the disastrous energy policies of the Biden Administration. That may not mean anything to people like Joe Biden and Tony Evers who have little to no connection with the people of northern Wisconsin. However, my district depends on propane and natural gas in high volumes this time of year to dry their crops. Farmers are already spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars more per day in added propane costs. It’s a high-volume, low-margin business. Shutting down this crucial pipeline would be devastating for so many in Wisconsin."