Gas prices have soared over the past year in large part due to President Joe Biden’s policies discouraging and restricting domestic energy production, which in turn were adopted from the radical “Green New Deal” proposal first put forward by progressive leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Yet, when the Democratic congresswoman was asked directly if she had a message for the millions of Americans struggling to afford the skyrocketing energy costs, she had nothing to say and simply walked away, Fox News reported.
The incident occurred this week when a reporter happened to catch Ocasio-Cortez walking outside in Washington D.C. after having dinner at a local restaurant with fellow progressive leftist colleague Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY).
No response from the congresswoman
The brief snippet of video in which Rep. Ocasio-Cortez ignored the questions from a reporter was broadcast on-air on Thursday by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, who combined that clip with a similar video of Biden’s Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm also ignoring pertinent questions about surging gas prices and what the administration was doing to address the problem.
This comes as the national average price for a gallon of gasoline has reached a historic and record-high level in recent days, according to AAA, Fox noted.
AOC finds talk of increased domestic production “alarming”
Though Ocasio-Cortez ignored the shouted questions about high gas prices as she was leaving the D.C. restaurant the other night, she did stop to respond to Fox News reporter Hillary Vaughn on Tuesday while walking through the halls of Congress.
Vaughn asked the congresswoman what she thought of recent reports that President Biden’s administration was asking rival nations like Iran and Venezuela to produce more oil to make up for the shortfall in supply caused, in part, by Biden’s ban on imports of Russian-produced oil and refined products.
Rep. AOC today on Russian oil ban + buying oil from Iran/Venezuela: “none of these options are good ones because of our dependency on oil” – tells me its “alarming” people are talking about increasing domestic production to fix supply issues and not also rapid $$ for solar/wind. pic.twitter.com/Fn5lWRK6lV
— Hillary Vaughn (@hillary__vaughn) March 8, 2022
After first suggesting that all oil-rich nations tend to be “petro-authoritarian states,” Ocasio-Cortez said about getting oil from Iran or Venezuela that “None of these options are good ones because of our dependency on oil.”
“So while I understand there are short-term, you know, supply issues that need to be addressed,” she added, “it’s very alarming that many people are pushing to increase and skyrocket either imports or production — domestic production — in the short-term are not talking about what we really need to be doing, in terms of rapid investment in solar and wind.”
That response was somewhat different, according to the Washington Examiner, from what Ocasio-Cortez had to say about rising gas prices in January — before the recent sharp uptick due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine — when she appeared to accuse U.S. oil and gas producers of being greedy and deliberating causing a price spike to pad their pockets with increased profits.