Tell President Biden to Shut Down Line 5
It is long past time to lean on President Biden to shut down the outdated and dangerous oil infrastructure lurking under our fresh water. When Governor Whitmer revoked Enbridge Inc.'s permission to use the Great Lakes for its faulty, 70-year-old crude oil pipeline last year, Enbridge refused to comply. But, Biden still has the power to put an end to this urgent, daily threat to our fresh water.
Line 5's very existence undermines the state and federal carbon neutrality goals we seek. Let's put people over profits and stop entertaining unnecessary and reckless plans for future carbon infrastructure.
Call for Climate Peace Clause
As senior officials from the U.S. and throughout the Pacific Rim met in Seattle for a final round of talks before President Biden hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November 2023, environmental advocates delivered a letter from 234 environmental groups calling on the administration to pursue a “Climate Peace Clause” that would end trade disputes threatening climate initiatives around the world.
Signed entirely by state and local environmental organizations—including MiCAN and a strong delegation from Michigan—the letter calls on the Biden administration to “take decisive action to prevent climate policies in our states from being attacked and undermined via outdated trade agreements.” It points to both a World Trade Organization ruling against the solar programs in eight U.S. states and the ongoing trade threats against clean vehicle provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act as “a warning sign of what could happen as our states adopt the stronger and bolder climate policies that are needed.”
We and the fellow undersigned are calling for a Climate Peace Clause to be immediately adopted within any and all pending trade agreements, as well as international venues, such as APEC and the G7, and other coalitions of willing countries. Our letter echoes previous calls for a Climate Peace Clause made by state legislators from all fifty states and by national environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace USA, Food & Water Watch, Oil Change International, 350.org and others.