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Did AOC Say Democrats Will 'Eliminate Oil and Gas After We Take the White House Back'?

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Published Sept. 17, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 29: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks at a public housing town hall at a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residence on August 29, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Cortez, who represents residents from parts of the Bronx and Queens boroughs, spoke about issues residents face in New York, where one in 14 live in public housing.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said "Democrats will eliminate oil and gas after we take the White House back."

On Sept. 13, 2019, the website Taters Gonna Tate published an article positing that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., said that a Democratic president will eliminate oil and gas from the nation's economy:

AOC: 'Democrats Will Eliminate Oil & Gas After We Take The White House Back'

The democrats, courtesy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are sealing their election fate more than a year before a single ballot has been cast. Every time she opens her mouth, you can almost hear another massive Democrat voting block switching over to Trump. The latest uttered nonsense would cost the country millions of jobs and trillions of dollars. Even liberals aren’t stupid enough to go for that. It would devastate our economy permanently.

As you have already discerned from the headline, Cortez is now swearing up and down that a democrat president will fully eliminate oil and gas from our economy. That means both direct and indirect job losses of up to 100 million. No Republican would ever back this plan. It completely defies logic. But the democrats seem committed to “greening the earth” and apparently plan to charge ahead.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

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Taters Gonna Tate.  "AOC: 'Democrats Will Eliminate Oil & Gas After We Take The White House Back.'"    13 September 2019.