Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deleted a Monday tweet celebrating the tanking of oil and natural gas prices, explaining that she would hope to use the crash of the energy industry to force a Green New Deal program on Americans.
The price of oil declined below $0 a barrel on Monday, jeopardizing the American energy industry and threatening millions of American jobs involved in the production of natural gas.
Ocasio-Cortez is an advocate of a Green New Deal program in which all fossil fuels would be phased out of use and replaced with dubious and expensive renewable energy sources.
Places like West Texas & hard-working men & women in the oil patch power the bright lights of NYC… including the hospitals! pic.twitter.com/ITEJ6RLk2s
— Rep. Arrington (@RepArrington) April 20, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez walked back her celebration of the energy industry tanking in a subsequent tweet, again seeking to use the development as an opportunity to implement a Green New Deal.
This snapshot is being acknowledged as a turning point in the climate movement.
Fossil fuels are in long-term structural decline. This along w/ low interest rates means it‘s the right time to create millions of jobs transitioning to renewable and clean energy. A key opportunity. https://t.co/UqT8DI5u2I
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 20, 2020
The Freshman Member of Congress is yet to provide a clarification on why she deleted her initial tweet stating that she loved to see the oil industry contract, although it’s clear she was shamed into deleting it after realizing the callousness of the message to millions of American workers.
It’s likely that oil and natural gas prices will bounce back up before long, as more Americans go back to work and begin fueling cars and trucks again. But the industry, which employs more than 10 million Americans, could be in for a rough period. Looks like the New York congresswoman has no sympathy.
FLASHBACK: Three Recent Supreme Court Justices Were Confirmed Within 45 Days
There’s ample precedent for a quick confirmation.
There are 45 days until the November 3rd presidential election, and there’s ample precedent for an expedited confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice in such a timeframe following a vacancy.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday, setting up a possible contentious confirmation process to fill her seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging that a tentative Trump administration nominee for the position will receive a vote on the Senate floor, despite outrage and indignation on the part of progressives falsely maintaining that McConnell is breaking precedent he set by refusing to confirm Merrick Garland. President Obama tried to get Garland confirmed when the opposing party controlled the Senate, a divided government that does not exist in 2020.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg herself was formally nominated by President Clinton on June 22nd, 1993. Her confirmation process began on July 20th, and she was confirmed on August 3rd, with a total of 42 days elapsing between her nomination and confirmation.
John Paul Stevens’ nomination was advanced and confirmed in a speedy 19 days, and Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed in 1981 in a total of 33 days.
In fact, every single Supreme Court nomination of the past 45 years was nominated and voted upon within a shorter duration of the time remaining in Donald Trump’s first presidential term.
Yes, Trump has time to nominate and get his nominee confirmed to the Supreme Court. EVERY SINGLE VOTE ON A #SCOTUS NOMINEE OF THE LAST 45 YEARS was voted on in less time than what Trump has between now and the end of his current term. pic.twitter.com/og5aOZsiw1
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) September 19, 2020
There’s actually wide precedent for nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice within the confines of President Trump’s first term, and Democrats are being untruthful or erroneous to suggest otherwise.
McConnell is beginning initial work to advance confirmation hearings, with potential liberal Republicans such as Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski presenting themselves as possible holdouts. It is possible to approve a judge with 50 votes in the Senate and a Vice Presidential tiebreaker.
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