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It’s disappointing to see some elected officials use any means necessary to delay good faith attempts to safeguard the Great Lakes, opting instead for litigation that, if successful, would threaten union jobs and the families they support while exposing consumers to higher energy bills.

Case in point: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who filed a lawsuit to immediately shut down Line 5, an important pipeline that provides Michiganders more than 540,000 barrels of fuel a day and supplies most of the propane the Upper Peninsula region relies on. Pursing this action will ultimately leave Michigan families and businesses with no sensible alternative to receive the energy they need.

As independently commissioned state studies have shown, shutting down Line 5 will lead to supply disruptions and higher energy costs. Without pipelines — statistically, the safest way to move energy — replacing this energy can only be done by adding tens of thousands of more trucks to our roadways, increasing emissions and upping the chances of an accident. Other transportation means, including rail cars passing through our cities and barges and tankers crisscrossing our waterways risk similar odds.

Families, farmers and factories need responsible solutions, not politically motivated litigation that ignores the economic and environmental realities we could soon face.

About the author: Chris Ventura is the Midwest executive drector for Consumer Energy Alliance, the leading U.S. consumer advocate in support of affordable, reliable energy for working families, seniors and businesses across the country.