Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warns of high-costing heat

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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warns of high-costing heat

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has warned Americans it will cost more to heat their homes this winter — while the White House reportedly considers shutting down another pipeline.

“Yeah, this is going to happen. It will be more expensive this year than last year,” the former Michigan governor told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, adding that “we have the same problem in fuels that the supply chains have, which is that the oil and gas companies are not flipping the switch as quickly as the demand requires.”

Granholm’s comments came three days after Politico reported that the administration is considering shutting down Line 5, a pipeline that delivers oil and gas liquids from Canada through Wisconsin and Michigan. 

The report stated that the Department of Energy is having an “ongoing discussion” of the impact Line 5 has on energy markets, sources told the outlet.

The White House is reportedly considering shutting down another pipeline in Michigan causing gas prices to skyrocket.
The White House is reportedly considering shutting down another pipeline in Michigan, causing gas prices to skyrocket.
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Several critics slammed the move saying that shutting down the pipeline could lead to another disaster like Texas experienced in early 2021.
Several critics slammed the move saying that shutting down the pipeline could lead to another disaster like Texas experienced in early 2021.
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According to Politico, White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy held a meeting with environmental groups last month at which Line 5 was discussed.

“They’re playing things close to their chest,” one person who attended the meeting told the outlet. “But we expect them to announce something after Build Back Better passes.”

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Build Back Better Act during the week of Nov. 15 after five moderate Democrats indicated Friday they would vote for the bill in its current form in order to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill. 

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has told American's to brace for a higher cost for heating their homes this winter.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has told American’s to brace for a higher cost for heating their homes this winter.
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The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment. 

A move to shut down Line 5 would be supported by several indigenous tribes in Michigan who have asked the president to close the pipeline to preserve treaty rights. 

However, others have criticized the reported shutdown, with one environmental expert predicting a similar situation to what happened in Texas last winter when thousands were left without heat during a winter storm.

President Joe Biden says that he plans on shutting down Line 5, which has been met with approval by indigenous tribes in the area.
President Joe Biden says that he plans on shutting down Line 5, which has been met with approval by indigenous tribes in the area.
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“I hope it doesn’t end like this, but where I see it going is unfortunately the same thing that happened in February in Texas: People freezing in their homes,” Jason Hayes, the director of environmental policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy told Fox News, adding, “Most of the time when it’s extremely cold or there’s a real bad polar vortex situation, typically it’s pretty cloudy and there’s not a lot of wind.”

Hayes called the administration “divorced from reality,” noting that even with moves toward more renewable energy like solar panels and wind turbines, “oil, natural gas, nuclear and even coal” are still required in production. 

However, Granholm insisted Sunday that renewables were the key to the ongoing crisis.

A pipeline crosses the Huron River in Lower Huron Metropark in Michigan.
A pipeline crosses the Huron River in Lower Huron Metropark in Michigan.
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“Let us get off of the volatility associated with fossil fuels and associated with others who don’t have our country’s interests at heart and invest in moving to clean energy, where we will not have this problem,” she said. “And that’s so much of what these two bills [infrastructure and Build Back Better] are focused on.”

More than a dozen Republicans sent a letter to Biden on Nov. 4 warning of the effects shutting down the pipeline would cause. 

“Halting operations of this energy pipeline would hurt our economy and cause home heating costs to rise even higher right as we enter the winter months. This irresponsible action will hurt farmers, businesses, and families. President Biden has already done enough to weaken America’s energy security and international alliances, and the consequences of terminating Line 5 would only heighten these growing challenges,” Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) said in a statement. 

Environmental and Native American activists rally to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.
Environmental and Native American activists rally to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.
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Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio.) echoed that sentiment, calling the potential consequences “devastating.” 

“The pipeline is essential to the lifeblood of the Midwest. Should the Biden Administration move forward to shut down Line 5 tens of thousands of jobs would be lost across Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the region; billions of dollars in economy activity would be in jeopardy; and the environment would be at greater risk due to additional trucks operating on roadways and railroads carrying hazardous materials where that is even possible,” he said.

After entering office in January, Biden canceled a cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline due to environmental concerns, a move that was also slammed by Republicans.

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