Steve Mnuchin Says He Will Listen to Greta Thunberg After She Gets an Economics Degree in College

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took a shot at teen climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, saying he would heed her advice after she went to college and got an economics degree.

The comments happened during a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where some of the world’s most important economic players have gathered this week. Thunberg has been driving a conversation about climate change and sustainability throughout the week, and criticized nations like the United States for doing “basically nothing” to reduce their emissions.

A reporter asked Mnuchin about Thunberg saying there should be a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies responsible for greenhouse gas emissions.

“Is she the chief economist, or who is she? I’m confused,” Mnuchin replied. “It’s a joke. After she goes and studies economics in college she can come back and explain that to us.”

Thunberg wasted no time responding to Mnuchin, taking to Twitter shortly after his comments.

“My gap year ends in August, but it doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up,” she tweeted. “So 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.”

Thunberg also received some support from U.S. politicians, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). She chimed in to note that she did, in fact, have an economics degree, but people mocked it as being “illegitimate.”

It’s not the first time Thunberg and the Trump administration have had a public back and forth.

Trump has mocked her as having “anger management issues” and sarcastically noted that she was a “very happy young girl” after the activist excoriated world leaders for not doing more to address climate change. In turn, Thunberg replied by changing her Twitter bio to quotes Trump has made about her.

Throughout the economic forum in Davos, President Donald Trump has avoided naming Thunberg, though he did field a question about her during a press conference. A reporter asked about her criticism of the Trump administration and the president responded by noting “she beat me out on Time magazine.” Thunberg was named TIME’s person of the year in December.

Published in IJR

Responses

  1. “Is she the chief economist, or who is she? I’m confused,” Mnuchin replied. “It’s a joke. After she goes and studies economics in college she can come back and explain that to us.” Article

    Which earned him a “Garbage Person of the Week” award.

  2. “SHE DID NOT COME UP WITH THIS PROPAGANDA ON HER OWN.” I Ching

    You are confused, I Ching.

    I think I would hate to have you as a parent. Like King Donald The Loser’s father never giving your child any credit for what they accomplish on their own.

  3. t put’s one in mind of Jimmy Kimmel holding up his infant child as needing government healthcare. Not that Jimmy, a multimillionaire could not pay on his own. The Left is all about exploiting children they do not murder.

  4. It’s theater and pure bullshit. Like anyone sane or thinking will listen to a teenager who’s skipped school, has little education, yet manages to have a huge CO2 footprint traveling around the world to lecture others.

  5. Good job on Mnuchin! As for AOC, sorry, she’s just always wrong. Remember, she wants your power.

  6. Poor Greta has her parents’ hands embedded far up her backside as most ventriloquist dummies. SHE DID NOT COME UP WITH THIS PROPAGANDA ON HER OWN.

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