In the latest embarrassing moment for Democrats at congressional committee hearings, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was fact-checked by a witness regarding her statement on greenhouse emissions.
AOC, a Democratic representative from New York, has made multiple claims regarding climate change, carbon emissions, and the dire state of the world’s ecosystem.
In 2019, AOC said that not “going green” would result in “every coastal city to go underwater.” AOC, a member of the progressive “Squad,” has been one of the leading proponents of the “Green New Deal.”
The Daily Caller reported that in AOC’s opening statement at a congressional hearing on America’s natural resources, the representative claimed that “oil and gas production on federal land accounted for a quarter of “greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.”
In response to AOC’s opening statement, energy expert Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, began her presentation by calling AOC’s statement a “complete falsehood.”
“I just want to start off by correcting something the ranking member said in her opening statement,” began Sgamma. “She claimed that oil and gas production on federal lands is responsible for about a 1/4 of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a complete falsehood.”
Sgamma noted that those who suggested the 25% number were drawing their conclusions from misreading a USGS report — something Sgamma informed the Department of Interior about, which led them to revise the number from 25% to approximately .06%.
Sgamma challenged the congressional committee to establish better oversight protocols as they work with the Interior Department, noting there is little to stop the Department from blocking the oil and natural gas production.
“I urge you to submit formal requests for information on the coordination between the Department of the Interior, including its various offices and bureaus, and environmental and activist groups,” Sgamma said.
Soberly she added: “I believe those requests would uncover a trove of information of inappropriate collusion outside the public eye and outside formal Administrative Procedure Act processes. The information would be very helpful as states and groups like Western Energy Alliance seek to overturn many of these regulations in court, a Herculean task given the sheer volume of them.”
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