Politics aside, we Michiganders unite around our deep love for the Great Lakes. We adorn our cars, shirts, baseball caps and coffee mugs with Great Lakes images and slogans like, “4 out of 5 Great Lakes prefer Michigan” and “No salt, no sharks, no worries.”

Enbridge Energy, which owns and operates the decaying Line 5 oil pipelines that cross in the Straits of Mackinac, has tried to buy its way into this Great Lakes-proud storyline with extensive lobbying and an aggressive statewide ad campaign.

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Move along nothing to see here but a lack of real facts.


Facts? Environmental lawyers from Brooklyn, N.Y. who practiced in San Francisco and Thailand don’t need no stinkin facts,

Facts like Enbridge No. 5 is regulated and monitored through under water welds, ultrasonic inspections, and other technical inspection issues by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which is responsible for the 2.6 million miles of pipelines (same as it was when Obama was President and Rick Snyder was Governor);

Facts like defending your property and income and your shareholders against an unfounded lawsuit by a partisan left-wing Attorney General is not ‘legal hardball’ by a defendant;

Facts like a decision by a Michigan Judge after hearing arguments from both sides trumps the unfounded opinion of a partisan left-wing Attorney General;

Facts like environmental zealots spend at least as much as companies on lobbyists, plus free support by the left-wing news media;

Facts like abruptly closing down Enbridge 5 will cause the loss of 65 per cent of propane needed in the Upper Peninsula, and 55 percent of Michigan's statewide propane needs ‘as we approach the gales of November [and] a long winter’;

Facts like crude oil and propane will have to be shipped via rail and truck, which have a much worse record of accidents and spills than the pipeline – but so what? Our dam roads have been fixed so they can definitely handle a huge influx of big trucks – Right?

Apart from being filled with clearly false and contrived strawmen, this partisan screed seems to overlook the fact that global warming will cause the Great Lakes to have reduced water and be ice free before it kills us in 12 years, as the enviros have recently lectured us, so what’s the rush?

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