“I’m glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal. After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I’ll schedule time for our debate,” Greene wrote Wednesday evening, sharing an image of the pair speaking with each other on the House floor, accompanied with the hashtag “#MTGvsAOC” based off of their initials.
The next morning, the controversial GOP congresswoman took to Twitter to say, “I read your 14 page Communists manifesto @AOC. Looking forward to debating you.”
While Ocasio-Cortez has not confirmed whether she actually has agreed to debate Greene, on Thursday—Earth Day—the self-described democratic socialist did respond to Rep. Chellie Pingree’s (D-Minn.) picture of her green “Green New Deal” hat, saying, “I’m glad you like it @chelliepingree! Happy Earth Day”.
The New York congresswoman on Thursday also promoted via Twitter a virtual town hall event for her constituents about the Green New Deal and the FEMA funeral assistance program.
Thursday afternoon, Greene ramped up her criticism of the Green New Deal, accusing President Joe Biden and Democrats of “forcing America into slavery to China with @AOC’s Green New Deal.”
Earlier this month, Greene initially proposed the debate idea to Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, floating the idea of making the debate “pay per view style” and have the money raised divvied up between the pair for places of each’s choosing. However, the New York Democrat never publicly addressed this debate invitation.
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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis
The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.
“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”
“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”
“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.
“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.
“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’ I said, is it being studied right now? Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”
“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.
DOOCY: "Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?"
JEAN-PIERRE: "Yes we are." pic.twitter.com/V5XKhgcmAJ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 8, 2021
The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.
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