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Gov. Cuomo facing backlash for now supporting reopening the economy

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday, the same day as his 2021 State of the State speech, tweeted his support for reopening the economy despite his previous hesitancy toward reopening and his tightened COVID-19 restrictions during the holidays. For this, he is facing severe backlash from conservatives across Twitter.

In a statement posed to Twitter just before noon, the Empire State governor said that New York cannot afford to wait until the vaccine “hits critical mass” to reopen the economy.

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” he tweeted. “The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”

Back in November, before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, ahead of the holidays and amid COVID-19 cases spiking across the state and the country, Cuomo brought back coronavirus restrictions that ended indoor dining in New York City and further restricted the size of gatherings among other orders. In response to these restrictions, many restaurant and bar owners angrily protested.

While the tweet’s number of likes clocked in at 13,300 as of 2:28 pm (ET), the amount of quote tweets numbered at around 10,400, with most of them being critical of Cuomo’s statement.

Here are some of these tweets slamming the three-term governor:

https://twitter.com/robert_mariani/status/1348692308070256641?s=21

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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