“Today, I want to discuss part of this crisis that is all too often overlooked, but whose evidence shows that there’s a very meaningful connection here: The correlation between fossil fuel extraction sites and abductions and murders of indigenous women across the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a recently uncovered hearing on March 3 about “The Neglected Epidemic of Missing BIPOC Women and Girls.”
“Why is it that oil, gas, and fossil fuel extraction sites have such a high correlation of violence and abduction against Native women?” she asked the witnesses.
Angel Charley, the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, did not answer the question with data but with a theory that fossil fuel industry “man camps” cause harm to nearby “native women.”
“Wow,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
“Am I right to understand that companies building these oil pipelines are often ruthless in their resistance against protesters and sometimes even encouraging violence against them?” Ocasio-Cortez asked a follow-up question.
“That is correct,” Charley responded…
“The ACLU of North Dakota also reported that 411 missing murdered, and indigenous people were kidnaped or murdered in states affiliated with pipeline projects and that 10% of these cases occurred in counties where the Keystone Pipeline alone is proposed to be built,” she said.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 17, 2022
Whether or not this connection actually exists is one to be explored, and the subject is now open. The question is will something be done about it.