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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Wray suggests limits on FBI social media tracking a 'lesson learned' after Jan. 6 Puerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback 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 HarrisDemocrats learn hard truths about Capitol breach Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary Abbott says he'll solicit public donations for border wall MORE (D-Calif.) noted that Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics 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 TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC 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.