The fabled character of Chicken Little once tried to convince the world that the sky is falling, and a great many climate change alarmists have found their ideologies being compared to this fictional doomsday diatribe. Instead of a plummeting stratosphere, today’s worrywarts are shouting “the ice caps are melting” at the tops of their lungs, and using this fear-mongering to bolster a number of liberal causes.
The latest poster child, (literally), for this activism is 17 year old Greta Thunberg, whose scowl and well-acted outrage have become her calling card.
This week, after taking an economically-centric shot at the United States during the Davos summit in Switzerland, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin put Thunberg in her place with a little bit of perspective on the young woman’s life experience.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed Greta Thunberg’s call for private and public sector divestment from fossil fuel companies, telling Yahoo Finance at a press briefing: “After she goes and studies economics in college she can come back and explain that to us.”
Mnuchin also joked about 17-year-old climate activist: “Who is that? Is she the chief economist?”
The treasury secretary then got a little more serious.
“I think that there’s a real misinterpretation of the US policy,” he said. “Let me be very clear. President Trump absolutely believes in clean air and clean water and having a clean environment.”
“What the president objects to is the Paris agreement,” Mnuchin added. “The reason why the president objected to the Paris agreement was he thought it was an unfair agreement to the US. This is nothing against China and India but the real environmental issues right now are in both those countries. If you look at the US and what we’ve done relative to rest of world US thought it was an unfair agreement.”
Thunberg has insisted that the onus is on wealthy and advanced nations to reduce their carbon emissions to net-zero; a move that will not solve the climate crisis alone, given China’s massive population and complete lack of regard for the environment.
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