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Texas Reopening Businesses Offering ‘Retail-to-go’

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The State of Texas is slowly reopening its economy this week while implementing the Trump administration’s phased guidelines.

On Friday, stores began opening with what the State’s Governor Greg Abbott calls “Retail-to-go”, meaning that stores can open if they deliver products to customers’ homes or to their cars with curbside pick-up.

To reduce person-to-person contact, all payments must be completed over the phone, and items must be placed in the back seats and trunks of cars, according to the plan.

“Because we’ve seen that this model works while also containing COVID-19, we believe that all stores in Texas to be able to operate retail to go,” Gov. Abbott said.

The executive order requires employees and business owners to increase cleaning measures and practice good hygiene.

Texas is home to the country’s fourth-largest city, Houston, which for several days this week saw no new coronavirus deaths, according to reports.

According to the State’s Health Department, there are currently 21,944 patients infected with the virus and 561 have died.

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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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