Greta Thunberg to Congress: ‘Don’t Listen to Me. Listen to the Scientists’

Sixteen year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg testifies at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee and House Select Climate Crisis Committee joint hearing on "Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis" on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S., September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Sixteen year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg testifies at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee and House Select Climate Crisis Committee joint hearing on "Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis" on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S., September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired a global movement for climate change, delivered a pointed message before a Congressional hearing on Wednesday: “I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists.”

The 16-year old founder of the ‘Fridays For Future’ weekly school walkouts to demand government climate-change action submitted a 2018 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at the hearing in lieu of testimony. It urged rapid, unprecedented changes to the way people live in order to keep temperatures from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius (34.7 Fahrenheit) by 2030.

“People in general don’t seem to be aware of how severe the crisis” is, Thunberg said, urging lawmakers to “unite behind the science” and take action, pleading that people treat climate change “like the existential crisis it is.”

Thunberg was one of four students invited to a joint hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, to provide the next generation’s views on climate change.

She has been in Washington since last week to join U.S. and indigenous activists to build up support for a global climate strike on Friday and pressure lawmakers to take action on climate change.

At the hearing on Wednesday was also 21-year-old conservative climate-change advocate Benji Backer. He told lawmakers that young conservatives also favor climate change action, but through an approach focused on technology and allowing the continued use of fossil fuels.

“As a proud American, as a life-long conservative and as a young person, I urge you to accept climate change for the reality it is and respond accordingly. We need your leadership,” he said.

While he praised Thunberg and other climate activists for putting the issue at the forefront of politics, he said there was time to take more measured action.

In addition to meetings on Capitol Hill, Thunberg met former President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Obama described the teenager on Twitter as “already one of the planet’s greatest advocates.”

Later on Wednesday, she will join seven young Americans who have sued the U.S. government for failing to take action on climate change on the steps of the Supreme Court. They will urge political leaders and lawmakers to support their legal fight and take action to phase out the use of fossil fuels.

At the panel, Republican representatives praised the students for raising awareness about climate change but disagreed over what action the U.S. should take.

Representative Garret Graves from Louisiana, said his state was affected by rising sea levels and that he supported the U.S. emission reduction target enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement, but he criticized the pact for allowing emerging economies like China to continue to emit greenhouse gases.

“I think that signing on to an agreement…that allows for China to have a 50% increase in greenhouse gas emissions annually by 2030 is inappropriate,” he said.

Thunberg responded that in her home country, Sweden, people similarly criticize the United States for not taking enough action.

Another activist on the panel, 17-year-old Jamie Margolin from Seattle, called out lawmakers for taking too long to enact climate change policies.

“The fact that you are staring at a panel of young people testifying before you today pleading for a livable earth should not fill you with pride; it should fill you with shame,” she said.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Screwtape
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James,

Just so I don’t hide your comment to the Genitally Confused.

“More senseless bullshit from the expert in spreading bovine excrement. Amazing how so many Socialist “experts” in everything there is to know don’t actually have the sense to come in out of the rain.
#Socialists-R- Idiots.2.”

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Genital,

1. you clearly have ZERO idea how science works.

2. you are correct in assuming that I don’t listen to what you, an ignorant, primitive screwhead, call “weather scientists”. The internet is mysterious voice through the aeither and TV comes through a “magic science box”. Right?

Try climate scientists, meteorologists, or other terms which DO NOT show your abject ignorance. It’s possible one day I may show you what’s called a “boomstick”.

Screwtape
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Genital,

I notice you’re still wasting your time with childish, idiot responses to my posts DESPITE claiming it a “waste of time”.

Geez you’re stupid. Also a liar and confused.

General Confusion
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“Dear Greta, I listen to scientists. Real ones.” I Ching

Yeah, right. You don’t listen to any weather scientists, THAT’S for sure.

Screwtape
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Genital, You are full of excrement, a liar, hypocrite, and coward. You want OTHER people to pay for your global-warmism beliefs. Yet you yourself have a carbon-footprint. IF, big IF, you truly believed in what you say you’d end your CO2 emissions and those of as many as you could. After all, the earth’s at stake. Consider the CO2 produced which allows you online. The internet is NOT carbon-neutral. Would you consider NOT spewing online? No? Why not? You are the same selfish hypocrite that rides private jets and mega-yachts to climate conferences. You pay lip service, but do nothing… Read more »

Screwtape
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Dear Greta, I listen to scientists. Real ones. I am trained and educated as one. You are none of the above and you both fail to mention your “scientists” and their *ahem* studies. Pure science is very, very rare beast. It’s either subsidized by corporate research or enslaved to getting grants, which are politically sensitive. q.v. academic or government “research”. Look at Sandia or Los Alamos or MIT. More importantly, look at the grants to those who go along with the global-warming cult. I have. What you will learn, if you survive beyond the completely arbitrary “12 years before we… Read more »

Screwtape
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Ignorant persons will give her more credit than she’s due. She’s an indoctrinated child who performed a publicity stunt THAT WAS NOT GREEN in the least. 1. she knows sh*t about science. Where are her education, personal research, or accreditation? Her fellow Scandinavian Bjorn Lomborg, an ACTUAL scientist disagrees with her, as do many other scientists, myself included. 2. “Strong” qualifies a person’s argument or belief. It is definitively NOT science. It’s religion (oooh the Left hates that concept) Show scientific proof and the “homework” you did to derive it. This is how REAL science works, for those who like… Read more »

James
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Another wet-behind-the -ears kiddie who – like gun hater David Hogg (son of an FBI agent) – is looking for her 15 minutes of television time. Chances are she flew and then was driven to the hearing in a fossil fueled vehicle which is “destroying the planet – boo hoo”. Another indoctrinated child without an education.

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