US Treasury Secretary Suggests That Greta Thunberg Should Study Economics
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has dismissed Greta Thunberg’s calls for climate action, suggesting she goes to college to learn about economics.
The young activist is currently in Davos, Switzerland, for the 2020 World Economic Forum. She is asking world leaders to push for an immediate end to fossil fuel investment.
“We don’t want it done in 2050, 2030, or even 2021, we want it done now,” Thunberg said.
“You might think we’re naive, but if you won’t do it, you must explain to your children why you’ve given up on the Paris agreement goals, and knowingly created a climate crisis.”
In response to Thunberg’s speech, Mnuchin pretended he didn’t know who she was, before insinuating she isn’t qualified to make such a suggestion.
“Is she the chief economist? Who is she, I’m confused” Mnuchin said.
“After she goes and studies economics in college she can come back and explain that to us.”
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Greta Thunberg In Davos
“Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fuelling the flames by the hour,” Thunberg said in her speech “And we’re asking you to act as if you love your children more than anything else.”
US president Donald Trump used his platform at the forum to downplay the importance of Thunberg’s calls for climate action.
“They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers.”
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Tags: climate action, climate change, Climate Crisis, Davos 2020, fossil fuels, Greta Thunberg, Steven Mnuchin, World Economic Forum