The oil industry took a massive nosedive on Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic and although it means American workers will likely lose their jobs, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, celebrated the move saying “you absolutely love to see it” on Twitter. Within minutes, however, she deleted the tweet and replaced it with a different message.
“You absolutely love to see it.” she wrote in her original tweet, “This along with record low interest rates means it’s the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet *cough*”
Now is the time to create millions of good jobs building out the infrastructure and clean energy necessary to save our planet for future generations.
For our economy, our planet, and our future, we need a #GreenNewDeal.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 20, 2020
The revised tweet said, “Now is the time to create millions of good jobs building out the infrastructure and clean energy necessary to save out planet for future generations.”
Oil prices fell to the lowest they’ve ever been Monday all the way to -$40 a barrel and the expectation is that many workers in the industry will lose their jobs as a result. “There is such a massive supply surplus and very little places to store it, and that’s what’s driving this,” Jim Burkhard, vice president and head of oil markets at IHS Markit, told The Hill.
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The Los Angeles Times spoke to the law’s author, assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park). “It’s amazing how people react when they learn how much this equipment pollutes, and how much smog-forming and climate-changing emissions that small off-road engine equipment creates,” Berman told the Times. “This is a pretty modest approach to trying to limit the massive amounts of pollution that this equipment emits, not to mention the health impact on the workers who are using it constantly.”
Then, Berman logged onto Twitter to troll opponents to the law. “This equipment is dangerous to the workers who use it, disruptive to communities, and terribly damaging to our climate,” he tweeted. “MAGA Twitter is losing their ever-loving minds over this. I thought they’d all moved over to Parler?”
Now the state set aside $30 million to towards the transition from gas-powered equipment to zero-emission equipment. However, reporter Phil Wonton points out that it will require 30-40 batteries to get a day’s work done.
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