Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has succeeded in doing the impossible: she has made Canadians angry.
Canadians, who are often— and correctly— stereotyped as some of the friendliest people on earth, are legitimately upset with Gretchen Whitmer for shutting down the Line 5 oil pipeline that runs through the Great Lakes to Canada.
The pipeline is important to the economies of Western Canada, where the oil is produced, and Eastern Canada, where it is consumed.
Citing unfounded claims of environmental danger, Whitmer has unilaterally taken action to shut down the pipeline…which violates a US-Canada treaty that dates to the 1970s.
But what are treaties good for anyway, right?
Those pesky laws have never stopped Gretchen Whitmer from acting on her own before.
Well, the Canadians are taking action to prevent her from violating the treaty and are appealing to the Biden administration to take their side and deny Whitmer her ability to shut the pipeline to Canada down.
And to the Canadians, I say: “good luck!”
There’s a better chance of America beating Canada in a hockey tournament than there is of Biden scolding Gretchen Whitmer.
The Wall Street Journal reported the following:
“Ottawa last week formally invoked the dispute-resolution article of a 1977 treaty governing transit pipelines between the two nations. The treaty states that, except in an emergency, natural disaster or pressing safety concern, ‘no public authority in the territory of either’ the U.S. or Canada may take measures ‘which are intended to, or which would have the effect of, impeding, diverting, redirecting or interfering with in any way the transmission of hydrocarbon in transit.’”
Ah, but ole’ Gretch wasn’t too happy with her Canadian neighbors…not one bit.
She fired back at the Kanucks by saying that she is “profoundly disappointed” in Canada’s invocation of the treaty. “Rather than taking steps to diversify energy supply and ensure resilience, Canada has channeled its efforts into defending an oil company with an abysmal environmental track record.”
Those of us who hail from the Great Lakes State are familiar with the years-long debate over the safety of the Enbridge-owned Line 5 oil pipeline that runs underwater through the Straits of Mackinac, where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet and separate the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan.
Environmental groups have spent years trying to have the pipeline shut down, despite a dearth of studies showing any structural engineering damage to the pipelines that have been running problem-free for 68-years.
The pipeline closure would cost hundreds of good-paying jobs for those who perform maintenance, as well as for steelworkers who work in a Toledo, Ohio refinery that receives oil from the pipeline.
The environmental Left in Michigan has had an odd obsession with the pipeline, a problem they have made up out of thin air. There is currently no threat to the Great Lakes from Line 5.
But facts are inconvenient for Gretchen Whitmer, who has unilaterally ordered the pipeline to cease operations.
Like the draconian lockdowns she ordered during the pandemic, Whitmer has once again shown that she is an enemy of the rule of law and liberty.
But this time it isn’t just Michiganders she has angered; it is also her neighbors across the Detroit River.