“I don’t know how to say this delicately, but I really do think every sentence you said is demonstrably false”

Source:  Ben Zeisloft

An energy policy expert debunked suggestions from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to close down the coal plant that produces 20% of Puerto Rico’s electricity.

As reported by The Daily Wire, Ocasio-Cortez stated during a recent hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee that it would be possible to shutter AES Puerto Rico’s coal plant in Guayama immediately “while keeping the lights on and preventing price increases on the island.” She largely relied upon testimony from Ruth Santiago — a lawyer and trustee from renewable energy group Earthjustice — to justify her claims.

The vast majority of Puerto Rico’s power comes from coal, petroleum, natural gas, and other fossil fuels. Only 2.5% presently comes from renewable energy sources.

Center for Industrial Progress Founder and President Alex Epstein — who testified before the House Natural Resources Committee — tried to tell Ocasio-Cortez that rapidly pushing the island into unreliable green energy solutions “would make Puerto Rico into truly a consistently third-world country.” 

After the hearing, Epstein released a “respectful refutation” video to more thoroughly debunk Ocasio-Cortez’s assertions.

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