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Whitmer Wants Higher Gas Prices

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Whitmer Wants Higher Gas Prices

The Governor’s pipeline assault would cost consumers a bundle.

Americans are already paying an average of $4 for a gallon of gasoline these days. And if Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer succeeds in shutting down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, consumers will pay even more in the Midwest.

Ms. Whitmer is fighting Enbridge in state and federal court with the goal of compelling the closure of Line 5, a crucial pipeline carrying fossil fuels between Canada and several U.S. states. Her campaign is contrary to a U.S. treaty with Canada, not that she seems to care.

But maybe in an election year she’ll care that if she prevails, consumers in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania will pay an additional $4.756 billion or more each year for gasoline and diesel fuel, according to a new report from the Consumer Energy Alliance, a business and consumer advocacy group.

Line 5 moves more than half a million barrels of oil and natural gas liquids each day throughout Canada and the Great Lakes region, and there’s no ready alternative to transport this amount of energy. The report predicts a closure would mean that “refineries in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Quebec would lose about 45% of their crude oil input.” They’d have to scale back operations or shut down, which would constrict the fuel supply and jack up the price of gasoline and diesel for years.

Wow as if things were not bad enough already.


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