Ocasio-Cortez Explains Why She’s Sponsoring A Bill To Ban Fracking Across The US

From The Daily Caller

Daily Caller News Foundation

Chris White Tech Reporter

February 12, 2020 5:48 PM ET

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a nationwide fracking ban Wednesday as Democratic presidential candidates work to paint themselves as moderates ahead of the 2020 election.

The Democratic New York congresswoman’s bill is a companion to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s legislation seeking to ban fracking across the country by 2025. If passed, the laws would prohibit natural gas production within 2,500 feet of homes and schools by 2021 and help transition energy workers away from the industry.

“Fracking is destroying our land and our water,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “It is wreaking havoc on our communities’ health. We must do our job to protect our future from the harms caused by the fracking industry.” Sanders announced his bill in February.

Democratic Rep. Darren Soto of Florida is co-sponsoring the bill. (RELATED: Here Are The Democratic Lawmakers Who Are Trying To Distance Themselves From Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal)

“If we want to transition from fossil fuel emissions as we work towards building a 100 percent clean economy, pulling back from fracking is a critical first step,” he said in a statement. “Failure to act will only make the crisis at hand even more detrimental for future generations of Americans.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Soto’s bill comes less than a year after Ocasio-Cortez introduced the so-called Green New Deal, which, among other things, calls for “10-year national mobilizations” toward addressing climate change.

The Green New Deal would reportedly phase out fossil fuels within 12 years, but could cost trillions of dollars, reports show. Americans could be forced to pay up to $93 trillion to implement the proposal over 10 years, conservative-leaning American Action Forum (AAF) noted in a study in February 2019.

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren signed on as Senate co-sponsors of the proposal before it met its demise in the Senate in March 2019. She is running for president and is one of the progressive candidates who is demanding radical change on energy production.

Other presidential candidates are angling to paint themselves as moderates who are shunning such bans. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for instance, joined Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar as one of a handful of presidential candidates who prefer to regulate fracking rather than ban it outright.

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February 14, 2020 10:02 am

AOC is guest judging Rupaul’s Drag Race……I kid you not

Reply to  Latitude
February 14, 2020 6:45 pm

That’s fracked.

Reply to  Latitude
February 14, 2020 10:54 pm

“AOC isn’t the first politician to show up in the franchise. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a guest judge in a 2018 episode of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.’”

Reply to  Latitude
February 15, 2020 4:36 am

Energy is my primary expertise. The Green New Deal cannot work, because grid-connected wind and solar power generation have two fatal flaws – diffusivity and intermittency,
Green energy is not green and produces little useful (dispatchable) energy.

Besides, as we correctly wrote in 2002:
“Climate science does not support the theory of catastrophic human-made global warming – the alleged warming crisis does not exist.”

The alleged catastrophic global warming/climate change crisis is the most lucrative scientific/politician scam in history, costing trillions of dollars and millions of lives to date.

CO2 reduction schemes such as the Green New Deal and “Carbon-free By 2050” are destructive nonsense, promoted by scoundrels and believed in by imbeciles.

The Green New Deal is essentially a suicide pact for modern society – think hard before you drink the Kool-Aid.

Regards, Allan


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Reply to  Latitude
February 15, 2020 9:19 pm

She should do THAT full time, and leave the job of “congress person” to somebody who isn’t a complete nitwit.

February 14, 2020 10:06 am

AOC has been awfully quiet the past few months. I guess she figured she couldn’t compete with the impeachment.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
February 14, 2020 12:00 pm

AOC is a T shy of a full TACO!

And that’s on her best day!

Mad Mac
Reply to  RockyRoad
February 14, 2020 1:58 pm

AOC’s last name is Occluded Cortex..nothing sensible gets through.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Mad Mac
February 14, 2020 4:47 pm

Occassonal Cortex

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
February 14, 2020 8:02 pm

AOC is plenty smart. But she needs to appeal to ignorant people, so she has to use arguments that work on that demographic.

If she’d decided that she’d have been better off appealing to conservative voters, she’d have been equally happy to trot out policies that would appeal to them.

Reply to  RockyRoad
February 14, 2020 5:41 pm

“AOC is a T shy of a full TACO!”

Surely, you meant “AOC is a T shy of an empty TACO shell!”

Willem post
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
February 14, 2020 2:54 pm

Fracking is mostly a business owned and managed by Republicans.
It is very profitable
AOC does not like that.
She wants to harm Republicans business owners by calling for fracking.

Democrats make their money by owning and controlling the Government.
Obama is worth about $50 million
They do not do fracking, so they are against it

February 14, 2020 10:07 am

Yet another station on the Via Dolorosa that the Democratic Party seems quite unable to get off. 🙂

Reply to  Fanakapan
February 14, 2020 10:11 am

Cortez is a genius. You have to be very smart to get elected to congress when your district is 60% Hispanic and you have a Castilian last name.

I bet her handlers have already bought all the penny renewable stocks, and now they just need to ban their competition.

Oh yeah, don’t forget to get englightened:

Reply to  Zoe Phin
February 14, 2020 11:43 am

Probably a low bar for genius level in her district ?

She and the other ‘Squad’ members will likely find their next appointment at the ballot box to be something of an ordeal. Remembering what happened to Cynthia MaKinney after she tried to make waves for a certain group, its odds on that AOC and the other idiots will face well funded opposition at their own primaries. Whilst I’m sure her handlers will have profited from her tenure, it may be reasonable to assume that they have not let Ms Cortez in on the joke 🙂

Reply to  Fanakapan
February 14, 2020 12:07 pm

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed woman is queen!

Still, AOC submitted her IQ test for evaluation and her score came back negative!

Not surprising for a city-slicker that returned her sleeing bag with the claim she could never wake it up!

What an indictment on our education system, eh?

Reply to  RockyRoad
February 14, 2020 1:17 pm

Hmm, I heard it came back square root of negative: imaginary intelligence.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Fanakapan
February 14, 2020 12:12 pm

Ilhan Omar and AOC are at high risk of losing their primaries. They come of course from Deep Blue districts so whoever wins the primary is guaranteed to win the seat in the General.
The other 2 (Pressley and Tlaib) are probably safe.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 14, 2020 1:33 pm

I’m going to put that thought in the “wishful thinking” category. Their districts are riding the rail on the left side of the road something hard. I don’t see where anyone can go that is further out than these two. No way a moderate can pick up the primary win in either case.

Roger Knights
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 14, 2020 3:04 pm

“No way a moderate can pick up the primary win in either case.”

IIRC, there was only a 15% turnout in her primary election. So a well-funded get-out-the-vote effort could beat her.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Zoe Phin
February 14, 2020 12:11 pm

It’s not AOC.

It’s her handler, Saikat Chakrabarti.

Chakrabarti is American-born. He is among those whom Mark Lilla called reckless minds. People who live in freedom and prosperity, but argue for tyranny and misery.

Chakrabarti regularly wears a Subhas Chandra Bose T-shirt. Bose was convinced that British colonialism in India was so bad that collaborating first with Nazi Germany and later with WWII Japan in their vicious war in Indochina, was a fit way to end it.

Reply to  Pat Frank
February 14, 2020 12:50 pm

Isn’t he being investigated for campaign fund abuse ?

Donald Boughton
Reply to  Pat Frank
February 14, 2020 1:58 pm

Was not Bose aboard a Japanese plane that was shot down during WW2?

Reply to  Donald Boughton
February 14, 2020 3:43 pm

Bose is alive and living in Argentina. link

During WW2, Finland fought against the Soviet Union, which had stolen Finnish territory, alongside the Germans. The West doesn’t hold that against the Finns.

Similarly many people do not hold it against Bose that he accepted German and Japanese help trying to drive the British from India.

Reply to  Donald Boughton
February 15, 2020 4:38 am

Bose is a national Hero in India. Kolkata Airport and a min thoroughfare in the city are named after him.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Donald Boughton
February 15, 2020 7:08 am

Finland in WW2 was an odd case.
After Germany invaded Poland from the east and WW2 started, Russia invaded Poland from the west but no one declared war on Russia. Russia and Germany had a nonaggression pact and half of Poland was part of the deal. A month or so later Russia invaded Finland and gained some territory (after heavy losses) in a peace treaty.
Then Germany broke it’s nonaggression pact with and attacked Russia and Russia became one of the Allies. (Sort of. Russia never declared war on Japan until after the US dropped the A-bombs.)
Then Russia re-invaded Finland.
So, just as Russia became a de facto Ally, Finland became a de facto enemy.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Donald Boughton
February 15, 2020 8:20 am

commieBob, your link says that Bose died and was cremated in Japan.

Joining with Nazi Germany and Japan to rid India of the British, is like joining with a sadistic murderer during a dispute with your landlord.

India would not have a national consciousness at all, had not the British recovered it after 800 years of Muslim corrosion.

Reply to  Pat Frank
February 14, 2020 7:33 pm

AOC auditioned and was selected by her handlers for the congressional seat. She’s just a puppet figurehead controlled by her dangerous handlers. Watch the evidence presented here and decide for yourself:

February 14, 2020 10:11 am

I don’t see why we in Europe should be the only ones to torch our economy by enacting green measures.

I reckon the green deal ought to be implemented within 18 months thereby enabling our economies to compete on a level paying field of bankruptcy and severe shortages.


Reply to  Tonyb
February 14, 2020 1:07 pm

I think this is called the “ let the child touch the hot stove” strategy.

Reply to  Tonyb
February 14, 2020 1:30 pm

Misery likes company.
It’s akin to hoping everyone else is as foolish as they have been, so they don’t feel so foolish.

February 14, 2020 10:12 am

Cortez is a genius. You have to be very smart to get elected to congress when your district is 60% Hispanic and you have a Castilian last name.

I bet her handlers have already bought all the penny renewable stocks, and now they just need to ban their competition.

Oh yeah, don’t forget to get englightened:

Reply to  Zoe Phin
February 14, 2020 3:35 pm

Genius? Ha! — She’s a human robot ripe for programming, the winner of an acting audition for a part for which she has been directed and produced into a super star.

I figure you’re joking, but, just in case … (^_^)

February 14, 2020 10:13 am

Another foolish lefticrat attempt to throttle America’s energy independence.

How dare you!

Stephen Skinner
February 14, 2020 10:13 am

She must have read the same books as the lady that did the Gillette advert.

February 14, 2020 10:13 am

Meh, why? We’ll all be dead in what, 12, 10, 8, 4 years anyway, right progressives? I can’t keep up with the ever changing goal posts with these nitwits.

Reply to  FrozenOhio
February 14, 2020 10:25 am

Nitwits are smarter….

Reply to  JEHILL
February 14, 2020 12:11 pm

Oh? Nitwits have wits the size of nits!

Change my mind! 😉

Reply to  FrozenOhio
February 14, 2020 11:26 am

I have to agree that nitwits are smarter than Ms. Occasionally-Conscious. She is dumber than an dead flashlight battery in the rain. (I’m being nice today.)

Reply to  Sara
February 14, 2020 3:55 pm

Her IQ is probably OK. Taleb would call her Intellectual Yet Idiot (IYI). That means, in spite of a more than adequate IQ, she still can’t find a coconut on Coconut Island.

The Democrat party is infested with IYIs.

February 14, 2020 10:17 am

AOC is just plain dumb – she cannot win any debate about the goodness of fracking. And ending fracking would not magically produce “clean” alternatives – natural gas is a very clean fuel. The path to a low/no carbon energy system runs thru molten salt gen 4 nuclear reactors. Other nations are dumping wind and solar as alternative power generators – China has actually banned any further wind turbines, after a period of heavy construction of these generators.

Reply to  ColMosby
February 14, 2020 4:18 pm

They don’t call it a ban, they call it curtailment. A Cautionary Tale

I started paying attention to wind power perhaps thirty years ago. As far as I can remember, the received wisdom was that more than 16% wind power would destabilize the grid. As far as I can tell, that figure hasn’t moved much.

The Chinese built too much wind power in the wrong places. They did the world a favor by doing that experiment. We now know that it is very possible to have too much wind power.

Robert of Texas
February 14, 2020 10:22 am

She doesn’t need to explain why she wants to ban fracking – we already know it’s because she is so ignorant.

I just wish Congress would do something useful and ban her!

Honestly can’t we make it a law that you have to passed a test on a subject BEFORE you can sponsor a law on it? “Understanding the subject” is such a powerful force.

Walter Sobchak
February 14, 2020 10:25 am

Everything liberals do is intended to impoverish, humiliate, and demoralize the lower classes.

Shutting down drilling deprives working class people of highly paid jobs and forces the Untermenschen to freeze in the dark. It is a win win for liberals.

If the unemployed, cold, and demoralized become drug addicts and OD, that is a trifecta.

Mike Smith
February 14, 2020 10:29 am

AOC is a fracking idiot.

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Mike Smith
February 14, 2020 11:51 am

Well, if she is successful in banning fracking, then she will upgrade herself to a mere “idiot”!

Reply to  Pillage Idiot
February 14, 2020 12:13 pm

A fracking genius she will never be!

Reply to  Mike Smith
February 14, 2020 12:49 pm

Stop insulting idiots.

Tom Abbott
February 14, 2020 10:32 am

I can’t think of anything AOC has said that has made any sense. When I listen to her talking I just sit there and shake my head in amazement.

She sounds like she knows what she is talking about because she is so confident of her talking points, but what comes out is just confident gibberish that has no relation to the real world.

These Radical Democrats live in a completely different world. We don’t want to live in that bizarre world.

AOC has a Republican woman running against her this next time around.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 14, 2020 12:09 pm

The ignorant are confident in their own ability because they aren’t aware how little they know. Intelligent well educated know how limited their knowledge is and make an effort to get as much information as they can

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
February 14, 2020 12:50 pm

Dunning Kruger in action.

Ethically Civil
February 14, 2020 10:32 am

Out here in “fly-over” country, the number of small farms and ranches that run on 30-50 year old fossil fuel motors is countless. Replacing these vehicles even with modern day *fossil fuel* equivalents is out of the reach of 90% of there owners, let alone with electrical variants at the nearly 100% markup over their dinosaur burning brethren.

If one *actually* cared about climate change, fracking enables the natural gas production which cuts the specific emissions of CO2 in half vs. coal. You stop fracking, you start burning more coal — or you go back to rolling blackouts and brownouts….


February 14, 2020 10:37 am

“If we want to transition from fossil fuel emissions as we work towards building a 100 percent clean economy, pulling back from fracking is a critical first step,”

This proves these “humans” have a poor thinking skill set.

You cannot build the electric cars, wind turbines, solar panels without the raw organic molecules that fossil fuel industry provides. And the clearing of more natural habitat to grow the organic molecules actually increases our industrialized footprint.

I would call them morons but that would be insulting to morons.

john in cheshire
February 14, 2020 10:53 am

I’m sorry but for me here in England I cannot understand why this women isn’t back waiting on tables or in a straight jacket incarcerated in a mental institution.

We have our rats here too, it’s true but you over in the USA, I suppose I look to yourselves to lead the way in crushing these commies with methods we can emulate.

Pat Frank
Reply to  john in cheshire
February 14, 2020 12:18 pm

For all the awful people we have here in the US, john, none of them match the incarnate evil of the UK’s George Galloway.

David Chappell
Reply to  john in cheshire
February 14, 2020 8:38 pm

Simple – she won an election and her 4 year term isn’t up yet. Come November, we shall see…l

Reply to  David Chappell
February 16, 2020 2:34 pm

2 year term.

Julian Flood
Reply to  john in cheshire
February 15, 2020 1:39 am

Gove? Look for the image of him sitting at the feet of St Greta. Then be afraid.


Reply to  john in cheshire
February 15, 2020 2:27 am

Only 2 MPs voted against the bill declaring a climate emergency. Before that I only suspected that the place was being run by a bunch of idiots, now we have conclusive evidence.

Rick C PE
February 14, 2020 10:55 am

AOC already has several Democrat primary challengers including former CNBC news anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who is said to be quite anti-socialism. If AOC loses in the primary she’s history.

February 14, 2020 11:12 am

To fight obesity we should ban eating.

Am I doing this right?

Reply to  royh
February 14, 2020 11:26 am

not exactly…..you move all the Burger Kings to China and the 3rd world

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Latitude
February 14, 2020 12:19 pm

Burger King now has its fake meat burger: The impossible Whopper. It contains bio-engineered plant heme so that it bleeds red.


Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 14, 2020 10:07 pm

Which makes them one the more over processed “foods” to ever exist. And yet these same lessrons argue over non-gmo (does not exist, as nature’s from of evolution requires organisms to modify themselves to adapt to changing environmental conditions) and organic farming.

Reply to  royh
February 14, 2020 11:33 am

Yep, you got it!

Reply to  royh
February 14, 2020 6:23 pm

You do not ban all eating.

You only ban eating things that are metabolically efficient … you can still eat grass (no seeds though), bark, certain kinds of moss/lichen. You only get to eat things that take more energy to obtain and eat than the energy you get out of them.

Andy Pattullo
February 14, 2020 11:20 am

I think she left a big gap in her tin foil hat. The space rays are getting and and drivel leaking out.

February 14, 2020 11:28 am

The UK’s high court ruling today for upholding freedom of expression. As far as I understand it you can insult anyone as long as you don’t say you hate the person. Fact that a person may be offended it is tough. Lot of minors may get into trouble running around shouting at each other ‘I hate you!’

Charlie Rubick
February 14, 2020 11:32 am

These people always talk about “fracking” as if they mean “all” oil and gas production, including “conventional” oil and gas production. Actually, “fracking” is the part of shale production after the drilling is complete. They should read a little bit.

Mark Shulgasser
February 14, 2020 11:36 am

How much fracking actually takes place now within 2,500 feet of homes and schools? Isn’t much of this gesture already accomplished by local zoning laws? At most this is a sensible, (and virtue-signaling) control placed on the fracking boom, but hardly slows it down. A way to cast herself as an enviro heroine.

Reply to  Mark Shulgasser
February 14, 2020 11:50 am

I would say that is the well is 1 – 2 miles deep, then the fracking is taking place well beyond the 2500ft mark.
From LiveScience.com:
“In simplified terms, the fracking process starts with a well that is drilled vertically or at an angle from the surface to a depth of 1 to 2 miles (1.6 to 3.2 kilometers) or more, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ”

The drilling operation starts at the surface, but the fracking takes place well below the surface. I live in upstate NY where Fracking is banned. BUT, on the other side of the NY/PA state line, farmers are reaping a good profit from allowing the drilling on their lands. I’ve heard many a family farm was saved by allowing the recovery of this clean fuel.

I would prefer to “Go Thorium!” But that’s another discussion..

Reply to  MikeH
February 14, 2020 12:58 pm

NG as a 60+ year bridge then LFTR or some other nuclear tech for the next 1000+

February 14, 2020 11:40 am

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Fran Pavely for a new generation.

Joel O'Bryan
February 14, 2020 11:42 am

So much for the Democrats’ claim to base public policy on science and solid engineering.
Emotion and fear mongering in the pursuit of political power is what drives this kind of legislation from acknowledged Socialists like Bernie and AOC.

This can’t repeated enough these days:

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
– H L Mencken

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 15, 2020 9:42 pm

This either –

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
– H L Mencken

(Best one line description of the “Climate Crisis” you’ll ever see or hear.)

February 14, 2020 11:43 am

Recently reported here on WUWT


Highlights from a ban on fracking report from Chamber of Commerce
 “The United States would lose 14.8 million jobs”
 “Gasoline prices would almost double”
 “Natural gas prices would skyrocket to over $12 per mmBtu”
“U.S. electricity prices would nearly double”

Oh, but all those problems…they would be solved by covering states with solar panels and building millions of windmills, and oh some wonderful new powerful battery would be invented to provide energy at night or when the wind is not blowing. AOC and Bernie don’t care about facts and the millions of average Americans that would be harmed.

Reply to  a_scientist
February 14, 2020 12:17 pm

…I’m just waiting for the battery!

I put that expectation in with my Lottery winnings!


Reply to  RockyRoad
February 14, 2020 1:04 pm

Storage. The final frontier. That has always been the Achilles Heel of wind and solar. Long term, cheap, reliable storage. If you are in an area where you can do pumped hydro you might be able but aside from PH I’ve seen nothing yet.

Reply to  a_scientist
February 14, 2020 12:28 pm

But Bernie and AOC won’t be harmed and that is all that is important.

Ian Coleman
February 14, 2020 11:55 am

When confronted with unassailable arguments that the Green New Deal’s goals are unattainable, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez just says that making efforts to reach the unattainable goals is inherently beneficial, even if those goals can never be reached. Which actually has a certain logic. If you set out to lose thirty pounds because you are overweight, and are able to lose only ten, you’ve still created a benefit.

So probably what she is doing in advocating for a ban on fracking is setting up the more reasonable and attainable goal of regulating it. Unfortunately she doesn’t seem to understand that, if you keep pressing for measures that are aspirational rather than attainable, you end up destroying your credibility.

Reply to  Ian Coleman
February 14, 2020 12:19 pm

…her method would kill the patient, so a 130-lb loss is best!

On to other fiction…

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Ian Coleman
February 15, 2020 9:15 am

She is advocating for throwing away one’s refrigerator and clothes before even one pound has been lost.

Not to many seem to have pointed out that her talking points are decade old myths and internet rumors.
Like that fracking is polluting our water and out lands, and are wrecking communities, and that ending it will be a benefit.
All false.
Fracking is putting a lot of money in a lot of people’s pockets, including landowners in some formerly not so well of areas of the country, workers who now have high paying jobs, people who run motels, hotels, apartments, restaurants, and all manner of other ancillary businesses that cater to the workforces of these booming industries.
And the real stinker in her BS is that fracking has let the US become the one single country on the entire planet which has reduced CO2 emissions the most! All while saving us money, not costing us, and all while not adding new taxes, chopping up birds en masse, or blighting our landscapes with gigantic noisy behemoths.
They hate it because it provides abundant and inexpensive energy, and does not add massive payers of government bloat which she and her ilk gain power from.
Fracking proves that we do not need any NGD…if the rest of the world did what the US has done over the past ten years, CO2 emissions will fall dramatically without costing anyone anything, and without empowering warmista jackasses.
Which makes it the worst possible thing that could happen to these ridiculous hypocrites!

Ed Zuiderwijk
February 14, 2020 11:57 am

AOC is doing Putin’s bidding. Someone ought to tell her that the Constitution has something to say about that. In the section about high treason.

Abolition Man
February 14, 2020 12:03 pm

While she usually sounds like and idiot and I am convinced there was an “oral section” to obtaining her university degree, AOC is very dangerous because she is a TRUE BELIEVER! Whatever Progressive mantra is fed to her she will accept and parrot to the world with all of her might. She is also very popular with the younger, misinformed generation who believe that Socialism is somehow kinder and gentler than free markets. They have mostly never worked a real job and so have not realized that Socialism only squanders the wealth that Capitalism has created. That and it allows sociopaths to acquire power over every single facet of your life once it is implemented; what could go wrong?
True believers can never be trusted because their feelings and beliefs are paramount to anything else in the world including your life, wealth and happiness. Whenever they walk behind you you need to be very watchful for knives and cudgels!

Donald Boughton
Reply to  Abolition Man
February 14, 2020 2:04 pm

What the hell did she read for her degree? It certainly was not a STEM subject.

Bill Rocks
February 14, 2020 12:11 pm

I assume she is dishonest and not ignorant because she is reported to have a college degree. An alternative is that college degrees are not what they used to be.

Reply to  Bill Rocks
February 14, 2020 12:22 pm

…it definitely isn’t something that enhances her resume`!

Reply to  Bill Rocks
February 14, 2020 12:53 pm

Assume the oral was a large part of that ” degree”…,.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Bill Rocks
February 15, 2020 9:44 am

She reportedly has an economics degree from Boston U.
But she is as incredibly uninformed on economic issues as on anything else she mouths off about.
It is worth mentioning again that she got her opportunity to run for congress by answering and winning an actual casting call!
That’s right…a casting call, like for actors. In fact that is exactly what she is…hired to play a part by demonstrating she can remember her lines and say them with conviction.

He most noteworthy accomplishment to date is single handedly causing Amazon to abandon it’s decision to build their new headquarters in her district, after hundreds (at least 238) of states and cities had been in a long and expensive competition to induce Amazon to choose to come to their city and their state.
New York state and New York city had spent a lot of money on the effort, and had been selected for what would have been one of the largest economic jackpots in history…one of the four largest corporations in the country, if not the world, building a headquarters right near the people who had elected her, and many of whom lack significant economic opportunities.
Amazon promised to invest at least $5 billion annually, and to created 25, 000 new jobs immediately, with an average annual pay of over $140,000/year…with the possibility of as many as an additional 15, 000-25, 000!
As many as 50,000 jobs each paying as much as $150,000 dollars per year.
They had chosen her area, and she drove them away!
Single handedly. Amazon said so.
And she was proud of doing it, and bragged about it…because she thought that a tax break meant that New York would GIVE Amazon money!
She thought, and said, that now that Amazon has been defeated from giving her voters high paying jobs, that New York now had $5 billion it could spend on something else.
She is so economically illiterate, she did not have any idea that there was no $5 billion to spend.
Amazon would have increased the taxes that New York city and state collected by several times that amount. The $5 billion was an inducement in the form of a lower tax rate for a certain amount of time, something that cities and states and towns all over the country have been doing for years to attract new businesses…including New York! They have done it for many many years.
These are the the sorts of programs that were set up in the wake of the Great Recession to improve the economy and incomes of rust belt towns and states by shoring up the tax base on an ongoing basis.

She is such an idiot, she got literally the whole story backwards…exactly backwards, and drove away a jobs windfall that the Mayor and Governor of New York had been working hard to grab for many years.

And that is in the subject in which she has her degree!

Here she is being proud of herself for being a clueless ignoramus for driving away 25,000+ high paying jobs from her district:

Par for the course for her.
She had, prior to even being elected, criticize Israel with BS talking points, then admitting on a TV interview she had no idea what she was actually talking about.

February 14, 2020 12:26 pm

“The wind industry is destroying our land and our water,” Ocasio-Cortez should have written Wednesday on Twitter. “It is wreaking havoc on our communities’ health. We must do our job to protect our future from the harms caused by the wind industry.”

There, fixed it.

February 14, 2020 12:34 pm


Isn’t there a direct connection between industrial scale wind and solar and natural gas?

Hopefully the corruption exposed in Ukraine between the Biden’s and Burisma will open the doors to expose backroom deals made in the large scale renewables in other countries as well.

Lance Flake
February 14, 2020 12:37 pm

So drilling for oil and gas is OK but hydraulically fracturing the surrounding rock is not? Great, with less productive wells the producers will just drill more. Talk about unintended consequences!!!

Steve Z
February 14, 2020 1:03 pm

2,500 feet is a little less than half a mile. Most fracking wells are not in cities or suburbs, and in rural areas it’s common for a farmer to own more than a square mile of land, where the farmer can invite a developer to drill a fracking well in the middle of his own land, more than 2,500 feet away from anyone else’s home or school. If the royalties are rich enough, the farmer won’t report the drilling company to the government.

But to Ocrazio-Cortez, it feels good to protect all those school kiddies from fracking chemicals less than half a mile away. Too bad they will all die in 12 years from climate change, according to AOC’s own prediction.

In other news, AOC recently told a crowd of Bernie [Sanders] bros that she doesn’t think Bernie could get a Medicare for All plan passed by Congress. Maybe she’s starting to realize that it’s hard to get 218 votes in the House and 51 votes in the Senate for trillion-dollar plans, when most of the members don’t represent The Bronx.

In the meantime, everybody keep on frackin’!

February 14, 2020 1:38 pm

I’m selling BrainForce to any of you who actually read this. It will help you recover some of the IQ points you lost doing that.

Rod Evans
February 14, 2020 1:56 pm

What is it about religious cult leaders and there ultimate ambition to commit their followers to mass suicide, and or extinction.
How else can you explain AOCs call to remove all energy from the economy in a way that will kill the bulk of the population and most certainly all those who live in large towns and cities?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Rod Evans
February 15, 2020 1:24 am

Note what she says is “the critical first step”.
Not deciding on and bringing on line an alternative source for the energy we need.
First step…stop producing energy.
That tells anyone sane all they need to know about AOC.

Rich Lambert
February 14, 2020 2:09 pm

Several years ago I had mineral rights to a small acreage. A horizontal well was drilled approximately 1.5 miles away. The horizontal part of the drill hole was a mile long before it reached the section of land (640 acres) that I was on. The common practice in the area was to drill 4 horizontal wells on a 3 acre site and access 4 sections of land from one well site.

Donald Boughton
February 14, 2020 2:13 pm

Why are all the fools panicking about a less than 0.2 degree Celsius mean temperature rise since the start of the Industrial Revolution. I know the IPPC says 0.59 degree Celsius but their start point is in the middle of a 0.41 degree Celsius drop in mean temperature. Is the real problem the total lack of science education among politicians and media critters. Means that the people with their hands on the levers of power have not been immunized against the bovine waste product spouted by the Climate Alarmists including the Swedish Glove Puppet.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Donald Boughton
February 15, 2020 1:22 am

For the answer to all such questions, take a careful look at the 5th word you write.
The people we really need to be angry about though, are the ones profiting, not the ones panicking.

Robert W. Turner
February 14, 2020 2:17 pm

I’ve basically lost my humor for the current progressive madness infecting western society. We are in a very precarious time.

February 14, 2020 3:00 pm

Mike Bloomberg is right there with AOC and Bernie when it comes to all things Green. He is the wolf in sheep’s clothing as they say. Better to have a clean contest between Bernie and The President

February 14, 2020 3:47 pm

She needs to go Frack herself!

February 14, 2020 6:04 pm

AOC isn’t the problem. The idiots that voter her in are the problem.

Ian Coleman
February 14, 2020 8:23 pm

Many posters here are making the mistake many smart people make, and that is, they assume that everybody else is smart too. Get out into the world and get to know people with average intelligence, and then understand that you can’t convince that many people with facts and theories. Most of them just go with the most attractive and impressive authority. That’s why Greta Thunberg is such a hit. Her credibility is based on her (rather odd) personal charm. She has no rational arguments, and she doesn’t need them.

Julian Flood
Reply to  Ian Coleman
February 15, 2020 3:41 am

There’s a UK website called Independence Daily which has a very commonsense view of most things. There’s a post on there, Do Not Be Afraid: No Crisis No Catastrophe, which I wrote after going to a climate revivalist meeting chaired by Lord Deben. Deben is chairman of the UK Climate Change Committee and has been accused of having connections with Big Wind which, if true, explains a lot.

My contention is that the climate change panic is not a scientific problem, it is a political problem, exacerbated by the hysterics having no compunction while opposing scientists tell the truth. As an example, look at the testimonies given by Curry and Mann to… was it a Congress Committee? Curry, while right, was unable to match the slipperiness of her political opponent — a proper scientist is always sceptical, a political advocate has no such limitations.

Addressing the politics first is difficult. I’m not sure we’re even close in the UK. The US seems to be doing better.


February 15, 2020 4:50 am

If Leftists ever gained enough power to actually end the use of all fossil fuels and try to replace them with wind and solar, the world economy would completely collapse and billions of people would die horribly by starvation, genocide, exposure, food riots, etc….

The logical end of Communism is that unelected tyrants eventually kill the non-compliant, and under Democratic Socialism, you elect the tyrants who eventually kill the non-compliant…

So the only real difference between the two is either death by genocide or death by suicide..

It’s a distinction without a difference…

old white guy
February 15, 2020 5:10 am

Those who don’t want fossil fuels should be forced to live without the benefits of same.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  old white guy
February 15, 2020 9:53 pm

YES – this. Especially those who claim to be trying to regulate energy for the “benefit” of others.

Johnathan Birks
February 15, 2020 6:45 am

I actually have more respect for those who want to ban fracking than those who want to regulate it. Regulation just means “I’m gonna virtue signal this issue into a big payday for the state.”

Donald Boughton
February 15, 2020 8:31 am

I read that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about to be stopped in her tracks.The reason is that her constituency is about to be abolished due to a lack of constituents.

February 15, 2020 10:21 am

If you know nothing, say something.

February 15, 2020 11:17 am

Where’s the pushback from FF companies?

The reality – as opposed to AOC’s fantasy hysterics, is fracking is a *genius* civil engineering achievement. Well past time the FF took their gloves off and defended their industry from these lunatics.

AGW is Not Science
February 15, 2020 9:14 pm

I suggest somebody sponsor a bill banning any elected official, or anyone appointed as a judge, from using anything whose existence requires the use of any fossil fuel, if they “sponsor,” “support,” “vote for,” render “decisions,” or in any other way advance legislation or legal decisions which seek to limit, ban, discourage, or “price” (for the purposes of artificially driving up the cost) any CO2 “emissions” or the exploration for, drilling for, mining, refining, transport, distribution or use of any fossil fuel.

We’ll start slowly, so just for starters:

No electricity
No transport except walking
No cell phones
No computers
No food you didn’t hunt yourself (on foot) and kill with your bare hands or a rock
No clothing

Patrick Robinson
February 16, 2020 6:46 am

AOC et al, A canadian jounalist, George Jonas who is unfortunately passed away coined a phrase to describe these people.
“Educated beyond their intellectual means”.
Our current Prime Minister fulfills this devastating but well deserved put down

shortus cynicus
February 16, 2020 9:30 pm
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