- Earlier Friday, an oil pipeline ruptured and a fire broke out on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
- Videos of flames bubbling like lava went viral on social media.
- Democratic lawmakers used this incident to mock those who refused to acknowledge the climate crisis.
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Earlier Friday, an underwater oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico burst, causing the water to catch fire. Democratic lawmakers mocked climate crisis deniers.
According to Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, the Ku Maloob Zaap oil field near the southern edge of the Gulf of Mexico burned around 5:15 a.m. local time and was completely extinguished by 10:30. It is called Pemex.
The video of the fire bubbling like lava went viral on social media. Given the circular shape of the fire, some users call it the “eye of fire”.
Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii Advocate for the fight against the climate crisis, Shared the video on Twitter with the caption: “But we can take on climate action.”
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also supports legislation to address the climate crisis. She also shared a video of the Gulf of Mexico fire and criticized lawmakers who opposed her Green New Deal proposal.
“Shout out to all lawmakers who have dinner dates with ExxonMobil lobbyists so they can say that the Green New Deal is too expensive,” she said on Twitter with a thumbs up expression.
Representatives of Ocasio-Cortez and Schatz did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.