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Poignant video shows Gulf of Mexico on fire after oil pipeline ruptures. Democrats cite this video as proof of the need to fund the Green New Deal.

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Flames rose to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico after an undersea pipeline ruptured on Friday, June 2. Twitter

  • A fire raged on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico after an oil pipeline ruptured on Friday morning.

  • Videos of the fire bubbling like molten lava have gone viral on social media.

  • Democratic lawmakers have used the incident to poke fun at those who refuse to acknowledge the climate crisis.

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Democratic lawmakers have scoffed at climate crisis deniers after an undersea pipeline ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico early Friday, setting the water surface on fire.

The fire raged at the Ku Maloob Zaap oil field, located near the southern shore of the Gulf of Mexico, around 5:15 a.m. local time and was completely extinguished at 10:30 a.m., according to Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, also known as Pemex.

Videos of the fire bubbling like molten lava have gone viral on social media, with some users dubbing it “a fiery eye” given the fire’s round shape.

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, a promoter of the fight against the climate crisis, shared the video on Twitter with the caption: “BUT CAN WE TAKE CLIMATE ACTION.”

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has also championed legislation to tackle the climate crisis, also shared the video of the Gulf of Mexico fire, criticizing lawmakers who opposed her Green New Deal proposal.

“Shout out to all the lawmakers who go out to dinner with Exxon lobbyists so they can say a Green New Deal is too expensive,” she tweeted with a thumbs-up emoji.

A representative for Schatz did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez said the congressman had nothing more to comment.

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