Katie Porter Uses Huge Bags of Rice to Blast Big Oil Execs During Hearing and the Internet Is Cheering
Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter of California is known for holding corporations and their executives accountable, particularly when probing them during committee hearings.
She often uses a white dry erase board to draw visuals illustrating the extent of corporate greed, but in a recent House committee hearing featuring the testimony of big oil executives, Porter utilized a different method of visualization: rice.
Porter pressed American Petroleum Institute CEO Mike Sommers on the amount of public land leased by fossil fuel companies.
This is certainly one of the more amazing visual aids presented during a Congressional hearing that I've ever seen. https://t.co/6aKKAvZtX6— Timothy Burke (@Timothy Burke) 1635445955.0
"Mr. Summers there are 7,700 permits unused. How many acres of public land are already leased by fossil fuel companies and not even used yet, just available for drilling whenever you decide?"
When Summers attempted to evade the question, the Congresswoman said:
"Reclaiming my time. The answer is 13.9 million acres. To visualize how much land that is, if each grain of rice were one acre, that would be 479 pounds of rice."
Porter, who was appearing at the hearing virtually from her garage, then opened her car's trunk to reveal around 479 pounds of rice.
"The American Petroleum Institute even opposed pausing more leasing on our lands and even sued to stop it, cause apparently this acreage wasn't enough."
People cheered for the Congresswoman's latest line of questioning.
Congresswoman Katie Porter is incredible. https://t.co/ziPuZH4sit— Charles Booker (@Charles Booker) 1635452427.0
Congressman Katie Porter elevated the assignment https://t.co/3MCdWLLyWk— Michele Norris (@Michele Norris) 1635505656.0
Nobody congresses better than @RepKatiePorter 🔥🔥 https://t.co/RUDDeKfZud— Fullyvaxxdd 💉😷 (@Fullyvaxxdd 💉😷) 1635470435.0
that man said “i think you have a fundamental misunderstanding-” and katie porter’s minivan said BEEP BEEP BEEP MFE… https://t.co/NfQV6VrAGF— blanket (@blanket) 1635464722.0
They especially enjoyed watching fossil fuel executives squirm.
I've never seen a woman murder a half dozen oil execs with a trunk full of rice before. https://t.co/7KhFxiyumj— Grey Knight (@Grey Knight) 1635477602.0
Whenever @RepKatiePorter is trending I grab the popcorn. Damn! Was she a teacher before Congress ‘cause she sure di… https://t.co/Ugu0mtslWl— Marie Corfield (@Marie Corfield) 1635465456.0
A viral moment, indeed.