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

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

          • 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.

    • Jim,
      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

      • 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 🙂

        • 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?

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • “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.

      • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

        • 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:

  1. 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.

    Tonyb

    • 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 … (^_^)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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….

    Gah!!!!

  8. “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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!’

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    • 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..

  14. 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

    • 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.)

  15. Recently reported here on WUWT

    https://www.globalenergyinstitute.org/sites/default/files/CoC_BannedFracking_FULL_v3.pdf

    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”
    “COST-OF-LIVING WOULD GO UP BY NEARLY$4,000 A YEAR, WHILE HOUSEHOLD INCOMES WOULD DROP BY $873 BILLION”
     “THE U.S. WOULD SURRENDER ITS STATUS AS A GLOBAL ENERGY SUPERPOWER”
     “U.S. GDP WOULD BE REDUCED BY $1.6 TRILLION”
     “OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, COLORADO, AND TEXAS WOULD BE AMONG THE HARDEST HIT BY A BAN”

    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.

      • 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.

  16. 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.

    • 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

    • 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:
      https://youtu.be/L8Oel5lVQAE

      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.
      https://youtu.be/4TJK1a8OHyw

  20. “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.

  21. 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!!!

  22. 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’!

  23. 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.

  24. 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?

    • Note what she says is “the critical first step”.
      Not deciding on and bringing on line an alternative source for the energy we need.
      No.
      First step…stop producing energy.
      That tells anyone sane all they need to know about AOC.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

    • 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.

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

  28. 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

  29. 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.

    • 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.

      JF

  30. 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…

  31. 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.”

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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 HVAC
    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

  35. 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

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