The U.S. House of Representatives most device member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is very known for making several blunders just to prove that her detractors wrong but end up making them the right one in the process.
In a recent congressional meeting, AOC said that there is a “crisis” of missing and murdered people from Black and indigenous communities, and added the fossil fuel industry was partially to blame.
OAC said during a March 3 hearing on The Neglected Epidemic of Missing BIPOC Women and Girls, Today, I want to discuss part of this crisis that is all too often overlooked, but whose evidence shows that there’s a very meaningful connection here: The correlation between fossil fuel extraction sites and abductions and murders of indigenous women across the United States.”
“Why is it that oil, gas, and fossil fuel extraction sites have such a high correlation of violence and abduction against Native women?” she asked the witnesses.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 17, 2022
The executive director of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, Angel Charley did not answer the question with data but with a theory that fossil fuel industry “man camps” cause harm to nearby “native women.”
Charley claimed, “We know that when these man camps or temporary establishments are created, there is an increase in violence and particularly sexual violence against our Native women.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded “Wow,”
AOC proceeded to question “ruthless” oil companies. “Am I right to understand that companies building these oil pipelines are often ruthless in their resistance against protesters and sometimes even encouraging violence against them?”
“That is correct,” Charley responded.
AOC concluded by saying that the “data speaks for itself.”
She said, “The ACLU of North Dakota also reported that 411 missing murdered, and indigenous people were kidnaped or murdered in states affiliated with pipeline projects and that 10% of these cases occurred in counties where the Keystone Pipeline alone is proposed to be built.”
An outlandish statement like this wasn’t the first that AOC has made. On January 21st, 2019, Ocasio-Cortez made the claim that the: ‘World will end in 12 years if climate change not addressed”.
“With the current circumstances,with the abdication of responsibility that we’ve seen from so many powerful people,even people who abdicate that responsibility by calling themselves liberal or a democrat,or whatever it is, I feel a need for all of us to breathe fire” @AOC #MLKnow pic.twitter.com/x9R1k8wtVQ
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) January 21, 2019
Here’s an excerpt from The Hill report:
During an interview at the MLK Now event in New York City honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Ocasio-Cortez told interviewer Ta-Nehisi Coates that younger Americans are looking for bold solutions to climate change, and are not concerned about the cost.
“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’ ” Ocasio-Cortez asked Coates.