By M.D. Kittle
MADISON —State Sen.Rob Stafsholt is a farmer and a small business owner. The New Richmond Republican keeps a close eye on rising costs.
And expenses are climbing at an alarming rate.
Midwest home heating bills are expected to soar this winter, with heating oil consumer prices climbing 54 percent higher and propane up more than 40 percent. Natural gas prices, too, are expected to surge.
Things would only get worse if the Biden administration moves to shut down the critical Line 5 pipeline. Enbridge Line 5 is a vital link to propane and other energy supplies for the upper Midwest. It carries 540,000 barrels of light crude oil, light synthetic crude oil, and natural gas liquids through Wisconsin and Michigan to Canada.
“Propane prices have soared 60 percent already thanks to the disastrous energy policies of the Biden Administration,” Stafsholt said Thursday in a press release. “That may not mean anything to people like Joe Biden and (Gov.) Tony Evers who have little to no connection with the people of northern Wisconsin. However, my district depends on propane and natural gas in high volumes this time of year to dry their crops. Farmers are already spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars more per day in added propane costs. It’s a high-volume, low-margin business. Shutting down this crucial pipeline would be devastating for so many in Wisconsin.”
Consumer price inflation has soared 6.2 percent over the past year, the biggest spike in more than 30 years. Most of that has come on President Biden’s watch, thanks to hefty government spending, devastating energy policy, a worker shortage crisis, unprecedented supply chain interruptions and sweeping local, state and federal regulations over the run of the pandemic.
On Monday, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters the administration was studying the impact of shutting down the pipeline. She walked that statement back Tuesday, insisting “that is not something we’re going to do.”
But Biden said the same thing about reports of $450,000 settlement payments to illegal immigrants separated from their families and then later acknowledged payments would be coming.
Biden’s support of the left’s extreme climate change agenda has been more than worrisome. It’s already proven costly. Case in point, shutting down construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, one of his first acts as president.
Michigan’s liberal leaders have been pushing for the Line 5 shutdown. Attorney General Dana Nessel sued Enbridge Energy seeking to shut off the line.
Meanwhile in Wisconsin, it’s been crickets from Evers and Democrat Attorney General Josh Kaul. The AG has filed lawsuits in defense of the radical left’s agenda. He recently joined in a letter urging Congress to fund Green New Deal provisions in the budget that would further drive up energy prices. So it should come as no surprise that Kaul has failed to stand up for consumers facing escalating heating and gasoline prices.
“What’s really concerning is the silence from our so-called leaders. They have repeatedly failed to act in the best interest of Wisconsinites. Governor Evers and Attorney General Kaul are so beholden to the Democratic Party and its liberal agenda that they are willing to force businesses to close and see Wisconsinites suffer,” Stafsholt said.