Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez excoriated the Keystone XL pipeline for leaking 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota two years ago, but there is one small problem with her attack… the XL hasn’t even been built yet.
Ocasio-Cortez went after the XL pipeline during her time to question Wells Fargo president and CEO Timothy Sloan during a House Financial Services hearing on Tuesday.
During her time, Occasional-Cortex attacked the XL saying that the “Keystone XL, in particular, had one leak that leaked 210,000 gallons across South Dakota.”
— Alexis Goldstein (@alexisgoldstein) March 12, 2019
But the Keystone XL has been mired in court fights and legislative limbo for years and has not yet been built. There is a Keystone pipeline, but there is not yet a Keystone XL pipeline.
As the Daily Caller notes:
Environmentalists spent years opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, filing court challenges and successfully lobbying former President Barack Obama to personally reject the project in late 2015. President Donald Trump reversed that decision in early 2017, but Keystone XL’s progress has since been delayed by activist lawsuits.
Now, the Keystone pipeline was involved in a leak:
The existing Keystone pipeline, however, was responsible for leaking up to 9,700 barrels in South Dakota in 2017. The initial estimate for the spill was about 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons of oil. Both Keystone and the planned XL line are operated by Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada.
TransCanada, operators of the pipeline, repaired the breach and cleaned up the spill by 2018.
Envirowackos have for years been battling against the construction of the new (and yet unfinished) Keystone XL. So, being a dutiful member of the radical left, Occasional-Cortex likely heard the name “Keystone XL” in the past and so just assumed it was an evil destroying the environment.
But it just goes to show once again that this woman is filled with buzz words and catch phrases but absolutely no actual working knowledge about anything.
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