Doocy asked at the White House briefing why the administration is “considering” shutting down Line 5, which carries oil and gas liquids from Canada through Wisconsin and Michigan.
“That is inaccurate, that is not right. Any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate,” Jean-Pierre said before explaining that Michigan and Enbridge, the pipeline owners, are involved in legal proceedings.
“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.
Jean-Pierre said the reporting about “wanting to shut down the Line 5” is inaccurate.
But the Fox reporter said he didn’t mention “wanting,” and asked whether the administration was “studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5.”
“Yes we are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.
“So then what is inaccurate?” Doocy pressed.
“I thought you were saying that we were going to shut it down, but that is not inaccurate. OK, great. But the Army Corps of Engineers is preparing an environmental impact to look through this,” she said.
Politico reported that the Department of Energy is having an “ongoing discussion” about the impact Line 5 would have on energy markets.
Comment: IMO the lie is that the motivation for the move against this pipeline is concern for the local environment. In fact it is partly political “suck-up” to the usual Indian tribal superstition about “sacred lands” and more political “suck-up” to the environmental crazies who wish to kill oil and gas production to protect Mother Gaia even if that means we should all buy ox-carts. Oh, sorry, oxen fart too much methane. pl