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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blamed the Keystone XL pipeline for leaking about 5,000 barrels of oil in rural South Dakota about two years ago.

There’s just one problem: The Keystone XL pipeline has not been built yet.

During a House hearing Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that “Keystone XL, in particular, had one leak that leaked 210,000 gallons across South Dakota” while she questioned Wells Fargo president and CEO Timothy Sloan.

Ocasio-Cortez probably confused the Keystone XL pipeline with the Keystone pipeline, which has been operating since 2010. Keystone XL is still under construction, but would also bring oil sands from Canada to Nebraska where it would connect to existing pipeline.

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.

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 said it repaired the pipeline and cleaned-up the spill, Reuters reported in 2018, though the event has been used by environmental activists to gin up opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

Ocasio-Cortez, who recently introduced the Green New Deal resolution, also took aim at Wells Fargo’s financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which sparked violent protests along the project’s planned route throughout 2016.

Like Keystone XL, the Trump administration reversed the Obama administration’s blocking of the project. Dakota Access went into service in 2017. TransCanada had plans to begin building the Keystone XL pipeline later this year, but a February federal court ruling could delay construction until 2020.

Ocasio-Cortez also grilled Wells Fargo’s Sloan over their financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline, asking the bank CEO if his company should be responsible for cleaning up any oil spills. The freshman Democrat also claimed the Dakota Access pipeline has leaked five times since it began operating two years ago.

“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 in Tuesday’s hearing.

“We don’t operate the pipeline, we provide financing to the company that’s operating the pipeline,” Sloan said, also noting Wells Fargo had an environmental oversight group.


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  1. Mitch D.

    March 14, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    If her head fell off, she wouldn’t get any dumber.

  2. Mona Weisenberg

    March 14, 2019 at 5:25 pm


  3. Thomas Goss

    March 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm


  4. Joseph Kempski

    March 14, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    And ny’ers voted for her , how stupid can they be

  5. Mrs B

    March 14, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I’m proud to be a conservative. Those other nitwits need to be tested for a brain eating parasite. It really is hard for me to wrap my mind around such blatant lack of common sense.

    • Ed

      March 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      After reading about some folks who’ve put things together behind the scenes, I’m less appalled at her actions. Supposedly Ms. Cortez was just one of thousands of entries submitted to her handler’s business, who was looking to ‘insert’ representation into our government, on the behalf of another client. Cortez was said to have been selected for her personality and acting ability. Likely that every bit of her activity is 100% scripted, so yeah, she can get quirky if she doesn’t have the script. Ever notice if she’s out and about, she has to ignore reporters and keep walking away? I don’t think she really knows what to say to them.

      If all that’s true, then it certainly answers the question about how can she not really seem to know much about politics, sociology, our government, etc. It’s because she doesn’t, unless she’s been prompted and prepared by her handlers.

  6. JUDI

    March 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    • Ed

      March 14, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      Yes! Thank you for the link – that was one of the investigations I’d run across. You’re right, I wish there was a way to link into CNN late at night and give America a glance at what’s going on behind it’s back. Really tough with the media control.

      Yesterday’s social media interruption was galling. Access to my Facebook News Feed was shut off. Yet a couple other family members’ Facebook accounts, which they access via WiFi, through the same IP I use, were undisturbed. Facebook claimed world-wide interruption, but it was more than that – it was account-targeted!

    • Ed

      March 14, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      By the way, did you see all the media coverage, talking about the ‘world-wide’ social media blackout yesterday?

      Neither did I. Not one single story, unless it flashed by.

      • Trace

        March 14, 2019 at 10:54 pm

        The only thing I saw about it was on Facebook…go figure

  7. Al

    March 14, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    This idiot is 1 of 3 the demonRATS have for entertainment. Next, Beat-off just thru his arms into the presidential race today. He is on board with this crazy fool.

  8. Margie

    March 14, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    She just embarrassed her Handler, George Soros.
    Even he didn’t think she was this dumb when she placed her in Congress!

  9. Ginget

    March 14, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    The Nazi Communist Democrat Camps that trained her and others like her, for public office, picked the dumb ones!
    Beto just finished his training at The Nazi Camp, ( Ha! And they said he was traveling the country in his pickup truck)
    Have you noticed how The Nazi Camp taught all these
    pieces of trash, to Fling their arms & hands when speaking, to manipulate people’s minds so they will vote for them!
    Cocaine Beto, AOC, Omar, Tashib, and others Look like they are pumped with drugs!
    Cocaine Beto wants Open Borders so he can profit off the Drug Cartels moving huge amounts of Drugs into America! He said he would Tear Down the Walls so Drugs can pour across!

    • Ed

      March 15, 2019 at 1:55 am

      Ginget, yes, the overzealous arm motions and ridiculous gesturing, sometimes accentuating every. single. word. spoken …that’s just borrowed from magicians. The hand waving and gesturing is absolutely essential for distraction. He’s a rock star, you know and he’s best at babbling nonsensical lyrics.

  10. DT

    March 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    just a dumb c#!T

  11. Ahzz

    March 15, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Cuomo, De Blah, Blah, Blasio and now AOC…
    It’s no wonder why New York is called “THE PITS of HELL”!

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