Fact-Check: AOC’s “Frack” Attack Doesn’t End Well
Democrat Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) went on a frack attack after visiting an oil rig down in Colorado, and let's just say it didn't end well for her.
AOC said the fracking site was spewing out hazardous pollutants. As The Daily Caller reported, there were two major problems with her attack. One, there wasn't any fracking (hydraulic fracturing) going on at the site. Two, the "toxic emissions" she claims were flowing out of the well was basically steam, or a heat signature, being recorded on a thermal camera.
“I’m in Colorado [with Democrat Rep. Joe Neguse] visiting communities whose air is being poisoned by fracking. What we’re seeing is appalling. Companies are building fracking sites on public lands, across the street from schools + homes. Their toxic emissions are invisible. This camera sees them,” the freshman congresswoman wrote.
As The Daily Caller also reported, another Democrat actually jumped on Twitter to fact-check AOC:
The attacks on fracking are, of course, par for the course in a party where the leading presidential candidates have called for a ban on fracking. This, despite the fact that domestic American oil and gas production has been an incredible economic success story.
Recently, Saudi Arabia's oil production was cut in half, following an attack that in the 1970's would have sent our country into an economic crisis. Thanks to American oil and gas producers, most Americans probably had no clue what took place in the Middle East.
As Donald Luskin and Michael Warren shared in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal:
The attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure last weekend took out about half of the kingdom’s production capacity. Yet the market reaction was muted, with global oil prices rising only to where they were in May. Markets seem to recognize that Saudi Arabia and other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will eventually need to curtail their oil production one way or the other to make room for the explosion of U.S. production.
Meanwhile, the Bakken oil fields right here in our own backyard set new records over the summer, as KTVQ-TV reports:
July's oil production set a new all-time high for the state's bustling oil industry at 1,442,000 barrels per day.