Ivanka Trump refuses to criticize Greta Thunberg: 'Not my style'

Clay Curtis
January 24, 2020

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed the Swedish climate activist on Thursday, saying the teenager should first go to college and study economics before she weighs in on USA policies and how they relate to the climate crisis.

"I'm not going to criticize anyone who's bringing their energy and voice", Ivanka said of Thunberg.

"Is she the chief economist or who is she?".

Thunberg responded on Twitter, stating: "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".

Mr Mnuchin's quip came two days after Mr Trump and Ms Thunberg sparred indirectly at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Trump didn't address Thunberg by name when he spoke at Davos earlier this week, though he did call for the rejection of "the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse".

The Prince of Wales has always been a passionate advocate for the environment and conservation in his own right, and said Greta, who has inspired a global climate movement over the last few years, is "remarkable".

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Prince Charles met 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and made a speech in which he called for a "paradigm shift" to save the planet. The 50th annual meeting of the forum will take place in Davos from January 21 until January 24, 2020.

"I think that there's a real misinterpretation of the U.S. policy", he said. Let me be very clear: President Trump absolutely believes in clean air and clean water and having a clean environment'. This is nothing against China and India but the real environmental issues right now are in both those countries.

"Just think for a moment, what good is all the extra wealth in the world gained from business as usual if you can do nothing with it except watch it burn in catastrophic conditions".

"Pretty much nothing has been done since the global emissions of Carbon dioxide has not reduced", Thunberg said.

"We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030, or even 2021, we want this done now", said Thunberg.

"We need to start listening to the science, and treat this crisis with the importance it deserves", The New York Times cited Thunberg as saying.

Max Zahn is a reporter for Yahoo Finance.

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