Greta Thunberg Fights Back Against Steven Mnuchin's Criticism

Pablo Tucker
January 28, 2020

Greta Thunberg joined students as she took her climate strike to Davos on Friday (January 24), after earlier defending herself from comments made by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Thunberg is now taking a gap year from school to focus on her activism. She said, "We can not care about those kinds of things".

Without naming Mr Mnuchin in particular, she added that 'either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those already affected by the climate emergency why we should abandon our climate commitments'.

Steven Mnuchin, the United States treasury secretary, said that his earlier remark about Greta Thunberg lacking a degree in economics while giving advice when it comes to the consumption of fossil fuel was intended as a joke, Reuters reported, citing the official's comments, which were made during a Saturday event at the Chatham House in London. "We expected nothing less", Thunberg told reporters in the Swiss ski resort on the last day of the conference.

Her demand for an immediate halt to investments in fossil fuels also led on Thursday, January 23, to a provocative personal withdrawal from U.S. finance minister Steven Mnuchin.

Asked how that would affect America's economic model, he said: 'Is she the chief economist? "Who is she? I'm confused", said Mnuchin, emphasizing after a break that this was a joke.

Some other executives also said the demands by climate activists ignored the importance of economic growth and the need for continued investment in fossil fuel, according to a Wall Street Journal article. "Of course, if we could care about that then we wouldn't be able to do what we do". "We put ourselves in the spotlight", she added.

Scientists repeatedly point to more extreme weather as a problem worsened by human-caused climate change.

When asked if the comment had any effect on her, she matter-of-factly replied: "Of course, no effect". "It's one of many important issues", Mnuchin said, adding that he believes technological advances over the next 30 years may help to solve climate-related challenges.

"This is, of course, good, but we've never striked for discourse change", said Neubauer.

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