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

Kaye LaFond
Line 5 runs under the straits of Mackinac.

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

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Michigan Public Radio Network
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is one of many Michigan democrats that has called for Line 5 to be shut down.

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

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Bridge Magazine
Jonathan Oosting covers politics for Bridge Magazine.

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. 

Listen to the entire Q&A here.


Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.