Print Column: The Left’s New Anti-Fossil Fuel McCarthyism

MINOT, N.D. — “Why did Wells Fargo fiance this pipeline when it was widely seen to be environmentally unstable?”

That was a question Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left wing media darling and ideological martinet, asked Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan during a recent hearing.

The pipeline she’s referring to is the Dakota Access Pipeline. You’ll remember that the project, hugely important for North Dakota’s energy economy, was the target of violent protests organized by political zealots roughly three years ago.

Sloan’s response was that Wells Fargo analyzed the pipeline and reached a conclusion about it’s safety which simply wasn’t in line with what Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow progressives believe.

But the purpose of this column isn’t to relitigate the case for that pipeline, but rather to talk about the tactic Ocasio-Cortez was deploying.

The demagogues of another era held hearings and asked “are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party.”

Today’s demagogues ask if you’ve ever supported the fossil fuel industry.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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