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Warren joins Sanders, Buttigieg in call to decommission Line 5

By: - February 26, 2020 5:11 pm

Environmentalists protest Line 5 at Mackinac. They were turned away at the Grand Hotel, May 29, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has joined two of her fellow Democratic presidential candidates in calling for Michigan’s embattled Line 5 oil pipeline to be shut down.

“Michigan’s Line 5 pipeline is a threat to millions who rely on the Great Lakes for clean water and a healthy economy. My plans for a #GreenNewDeal will rebuild our infrastructure and create over 10 million union jobs. Let’s #ShutDownLine5 and build a 100% clean energy future,” Warren said in her tweet Wednesday afternoon.

Warren’s statement comes just two days after former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg declared his opposition to the pipeline’s continued operation via Twitter.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was the first of the current Democratic presidential candidates to call for Line 5 to be shut down. The Vermont senator’s tweet seven months ago coincided with the anniversary of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. Former Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has since dropped out of the presidential race, also supports shutting down Line 5.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).