Ocasio-Cortez responds to Harris on fracking: It's 'bad actually'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMore than 700 migrant children in Border Patrol custody: report Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Budowsky: Cruz goes to Cancun, AOC goes to Texas MORE (D-N.Y.) weighed in on the issue of fracking during the vice presidential debate Wednesday night, tweeting that fracking is "bad" as the candidates debated environmental issues.

“Fracking is bad, actually,” the New York congresswoman tweeted after Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' WHO: Coronavirus deaths down 20 percent worldwide last week Collins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes MORE (D-Calif.) noted that Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE is not seeking to ban the practice.


Ocasio-Cortez serves as a co-chair of the Biden campaign's climate task force.

President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE has repeatedly falsely claimed that Biden would seek to ban the practice of fracking, particularly in the must-win state of Pennsylvania where it is a major industry. Vice President Pence reiterated the claim in Wednesday’s vice presidential debate.

Biden, in turn, has emphasized his opposition to fracking bans.

“I am not banning fracking,” the former vice president said in an August campaign appearance in Pennsylvania. “Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”  

Ocasio-Cortez has frequently criticized mainstream Democratic leaders from the left on environmental and energy issues, and Pence repeatedly attempted to tie Harris to Ocasio-Cortez's signature Green New Deal proposals during the Wednesday night debate.