Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is blaming a pipeline that has not been built for an oil spill that never happened.
During a House hearing Tuesday, the New York lawmaker made a complete fool of herself while questioning Wells Fargo President and CEO Timothy Sloan.
Toward the end of her allotted time, Ocasio-Cortez blamed the Keystone XL pipeline for leaking 5,000 barrels of oil South Dakota around 2017.
The Keystone XL pipeline has not been built yet, and it’s clear that Ocasio-Cortez had no idea what she was talking about.
“Keystone XL, in particular, had one leak that leaked 210,000 gallons across South Dakota,” she began while she questioning Sloan.
“So, hypothetically, if there was a leak from the Dakota Access Pipeline, why shouldn’t Wells Fargo pay for the cleanup of it, since it paid for the construction of the pipeline itself?” Ocasio-Cortez asked.
“We don’t operate the pipeline, we provide financing to the company that’s operating the pipeline,” Sloan said.
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There are obviously a number of issues with Ocasio-Cortez’s utterly false comments.
For starters, she confused the Keystone XL pipeline with the Keystone pipeline, which has been operating since 2010.
Keystone XL is still under construction and has not yet been completely built, meaning it would be virtually impossible for it to have an oil spill.
Secondly, Ocasio-Cortez falsely argued that Wells Fargo is responsible for any bad behavior that its clients may engage in.
Wells Fargo is one of over a dozen banks that has financed the pipeline. But that doesn’t mean its responsible for any oil spills or leaks that may happen.
That would be like arguing a bank should also pay to replace your car since they financed it for you.
Nevertheless, she only turned her attention to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which Sloan CEO admitted being one of “17 or 19” other banks to finance the project.
Sloan also made it clear to Ocasio-Cortez that the Dakota pipeline is one of the safest in the country.
“The Dakota Access pipeline remains one of the safest, most technologically advanced, and most studied pipelines in the world,” he said.
The operators “met or exceeded all state and federal guidelines. They used double-walled pipelines through the sensitive areas (approx 50% thicker). Most of the line follows a pre-existing energy corridor and is buried at least 90 feet below Lake Oahe.”
Ocasio-Cortez also accused the bank of being “involved in the caging of children.”
“Why was the bank involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?” Ocasio-Cortez asked.
“I don’t know how to answer that question because we weren’t,” Sloan shot back.
There is absolutely no evidence that the Trump administration is “caging children,” but Ocasio-Cortez didn’t let facts get in the way of her liberal agenda.