During a House Financial Services Committee meeting hosted by Chairwoman Maxine Waters on Tuesday, democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) attempted to take down Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan on the issue of climate change — and ended up inspiring widespread backlash for her non sequitur questions. Amid the wave of criticism for her performance at the hearing, the freshman representative and former bartender issued a series of tweets pushing back against those poking holes in her global warming logic.
At the hearing, titled "Holding Megabanks Accountable: An Examination of Wells Fargo’s Pattern of Consumer Abuses," Ocasio-Cortez launched into a series of causally problematic accusations, attempting to blame the bank for the "caging of children" at the border, hypothetical "spills," and "when we have to reinvest in infrastructure building sea walls from the erosion of ... infrastructure or cleanups, wildfires" (videos below).
Amid criticism for her global warming-themed line of questions, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to defend herself — at length. She began the series of tweets by retweeting footage posted by CSPAN along with a quote from her back-and-forth with Sloan:
Ocasio-Cortez: 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?
Sloan: Because we don't operate the pipeline.
"This, right here, is a problem," tweeted Ocasio-Cortez (posts below). "Institutions can engage in unlimited financing of fossil fuels, building unstable pipelines + reaping profits, but when the bill comes to clean up oil spills & fix damages — they can conveniently kick the can. So, who will pay for climate change?"
"Sea walls will have to go up as seas rise. Wildfires to put out. Roads repaved. Nascent technology to explore. Electrical grids replaced," she added in another tweet. "It’s too late for us to not have to deal w/ the impact of climate change. At this point we shouldn’t be debating IF we do it, it’s how."
"The difference here is that we *already know* abt climate change," she claimed in another post about an hour later. "We know that more fossil fuels will harm us. Banks know. Fossil fuel cos know. Gov + politicians know. It’s not an accident. It’s cause+effect. We knew DAPL would leak. And we know the next gen is in danger."
And she wasn't done: "With the way things are structured now, if the banks don’t care, no one cares. They’re simply not incentivized to — no matter the damage to people, families, and the environment. We mostly address issues after the damage is done. But we can’t afford that w/ climate."
She then responded directly to criticism of her logic by A&E's "Rodeo Girls" star Marvel Marisa Murphy, who wrote: "So using her own logic... Hypothetically, if @AOC made a drink while bartending, then served it to a person, who then killed a family of 5 while driving drunk, she should then be held accountable for the incident, right? Bartenders beware, she could be coming after you next!!"
"Actually, in NYC if you’re a bartender and knowingly over-serve to someone, you *ARE* liable for things they do after they leave the bar, because you knowingly put them at risk for $. Its called the Dram Shop Act. It’s a big reason why bartenders cut people off. And it works," Ocasio-Cortez responded, adding in yet another post: "The key here is in the advance knowledge. When you *knowingly* do something that you know *in advance* will do harm, and do it anyway, you open yourself up. Companies *know in advance* that climate change will get worse if we keep growing fossil fuel consumption and production."
As The Daily Wire reported Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez's attempts to grill Sloan was marked by the CEO repeatedly providing matter of fact answers to her hypothetical questions based on her radical "climate justice" premises. Watch the full exchange below:
Ocasio-Cortez's tweets below: