Zorn’s energy independence resolution adopted by Senate

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday adopted Sen. Dale Zorn’s resolution urging the adoption of policies that will lead to energy independence and lower energy costs in the United States, including ending the state’s efforts to shut down Line 5.

“In the past few weeks, Michigan drivers have seen gasoline and diesel fuel prices skyrocketing to record highs — forcing many families to choose between buying gas to go to work or buying food to put on the table,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Energy independence is important for a thriving economy. Ensuring that our economy is able to support itself without relying on adversarial nations and without risk of foreign political disruptions is critical to job growth here in Michigan and across the country.”

Senate Resolution 114 was adopted by the Michigan Senate. It says, “Plentiful affordable energy is essential for the well-being of the American people. The lack of an adequate energy supply leads to higher prices, fewer jobs, and threats to public health and safety. It should be the policy of the government at every level to ensure that energy is available, accessible, reliable and as affordable as possible.”

“We must focus on policies that increase the production and use of U.S. energy resources, including boosting American oil and natural gas production, increasing investments in renewable energy, and continuing the safe operation of the Line 5 pipeline here in Michigan,” Zorn said. “The actions of President Biden, Gov. Whitmer, and other elected officials have harmed our ability to achieve energy independence, such as the president’s decision to halt the Keystone XL pipeline and the governor’s continued attempts to shut down Line 5 — which is a critical source of energy for millions of Michigan families and small businesses.”

SR 114 also says, “As a direct result of both federal and state policies and foreseeable world events, gas prices in the United States are rising at the fastest pace recorded since 2000. Not only are rising gas prices eating away at recent wage growth and increasing the risk of a recession, they also could have sweeping impacts for U.S. consumers as higher diesel prices raise the cost of shipping goods through already stressed supply chains, disproportionately affecting low-income families and citizens.”