Points North, Ep. 51: Line 5 is dividing Michigan democrats

Mar 6, 2020

This week on Points North, democrats worry the controversial Line 5 pipeline is dividing labor,  environmental and tribal groups ahead of the Michigan primary.

Plus, hear how environmental policies could impact the presidential race in Michigan. 


Line 5 could swing Michigan primary as Democrats rally labor, tribal and environmental groups
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is one of many Michigan democrats that has called for Line 5 to be shut down.
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Michigan Democrats can usually rely on at least three groups for support: environmentalists, tribal nations and labor unions.

But there’s one issue they don’t all agree on — the future of the Line 5 oil pipeline. Some democrats worry about uniting those groups ahead of the Michigan primary.

Hear how the controversial oil pipeline could impact the Michigan presidential primary.

Presidential environmental platforms could impact Michiganders in many ways

Jonathan Oosting covers politics for Bridge Magazine.
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Line 5 isn’t the only environmental issue on the minds of Democrats as presidential candidates have many proposals that will affect the state.

Jonathan Oosting covers politics for Bridge Magazine. He sat down with IPR's News Director Noelle Riley to discuss his reporting on the topic.