Katie Porter Opens Up Large Can Of Whoop Ass On Big Business

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On Thursday afternoon, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform spoke with leaders in the oil and gas industry about attempts to mislead the public regarding their significant contributions to speeding up the climate change crisis.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) came as always, prepared with visual aids to make her points clear. When her questioning began, she appeared via video from her carport with, first, jars of M&Ms

According to InStyle magazine, who covered Twitter’s reaction to the demonstration:

‘The mom of three and member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform asked the leaders of the oil industry, “How many acres of public land are already leased by fossil fuel companies?”

‘Mike Sommers, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API), began dithering on about her “misunderstanding” of the industry before Porter forcefully reclaimed her time. “The answer is 13.9 million acres,” she said. “To visualize how much land that is, if each grain of rice was one acre, that would be 479 pounds of rice.”‘

 

Porter, however, was not finished and she certainly wasn’t allowing anyone to dismiss her by explaining her “misunderstanding” to her, a misunderstanding she clearly doesn’t exhibit. In an even more captivating demonstration, she opened a bag of rice and began letting the grains spill out.

‘After cutting to another member of the API, the camera pivoted back to Porter, who was leaning on an open bag of rice as the grains spilled across the garage floor, the equivalent, apparently, of the acreage of Maryland and New Jersey. “You have two of our 50 states at a price that makes the Lousisana Purchase look like a ripoff and you’re not even using it,” she says, before flipping to the next page of her script. “What more do you need?”‘

Twitter loved the moment and praised Porter’s use of visual aids and ability to simplify the issues to cut through the oil and gas industry heads’ attempts to dismiss the public’s concerns. Read some of their comments below:

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