Protests against Biden come from both sides of the political spectrum
Opponents gathered along Belknap Street and Hammond Avenue to wave Donald Trump campaign flags and signs, some of which contained vulgar messages about Biden.
Other protesters from the National Wildlife Federation and Honor the Earth gathered at the Douglas County Courthouse to criticize Biden for not stopping the Line 5 pipeline diversion project in northern Wisconsin.
“Obviously the Build Back Better Act is in play right now as part of this conversation, and we’re here to support that. But we’re also here to talk about the…Line 5 pipeline and shut it down. because it’s, you know, a threat to drinking water and it’s a threat to our climate,” said Jeremy Gragert of the National Wildlife Foundation.
Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany, who represents Superior in Congress, also criticized Biden on the pipelines, but for the opposite reason: He thinks Biden doesn’t support them enough.
“On January 20, 2021, it closed the Keystone [XL] Pipeline. And he kept saying we’re not going to produce power in America. And that put us in a weak spot. And we see leaders around the world, tyrants like Vladimir Putin, now taking advantage of America because of our weakness,” Tiffany said.
“Let’s get America back to energy independence because it affects us right here in the twin ports, because you come here, everything falls into place in North America.
Tiffany also criticized Biden for his administration’s decision to cancel leases for Twin Metals’ proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota.
Meanwhile, Enbridge responded to the protests with a statement reiterating that the pipeline is being moved at the request of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and plans to spend $46 million on the $450 million project for contracts. with indigenous-owned businesses.
“Line 5 is a lifeline to propane and other energy sources for the upper Midwest. Agreement has been reached with 100% of landowners along the proposed new route,” Enbridge wrote.
The company said construction will move forward once all permits have been received.