Appleton, Wis. – Outagamie County Executive and pro-labor populist U.S. Senate candidate Tom Nelson testified Wednesday night at a 10-hour long Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hearing against the controversial Line 5 crude oil pipeline, calling it a “rotten artery of fossil fuels” that threatens Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

Nelson, who is endorsed by the Wisconsin Sunrise progressive climate group, was alone among the Democratic field in attending the marathon hearing – and is alone in staking out such a strong position in opposition to the 64-year-old Canadian-owned “relic.”

The Wisconsin Examiner quoted Nelson as saying:

“Line 5 should be stopped, plain and simple,” Nelson testified. “It’s an aging relic that threatens our environment, undermines the next generation of Wisconsin jobs, places an undue burden of risk on Wisconsin localities and violates the heritage and sovereignty of Wisconsin’s First Peoples.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote:

“U.S. Senate candidate Tom Nelson called the pipeline a ‘rotten artery of fossil’ fuels and said that rerouting the pipeline will do nothing to bring Wisconsin into the age of green energy.”

Read the entire Wisconsin Examiner story here.

Read the entire Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here.

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