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Greta Thunberg Rips Steve Mnuchin For Saying She Needs An Econ Degree Before He’ll Listen

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<div data-aria-label="Video" data-provider="vidible" data-published="2020-01-24T05:39:59+00:00" data-videovertical="" data-placeholder="//img.vidible.tv/prod/2020-01/23/5e29f565e98ab56528f6f6b5/5e29f5650b58fc0001ed70c7_o_F_v1.jpg?w=1440&h=900&q=60"></div><div><p>Teen environmental activist <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/greta-thunberg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Greta Thunberg</a> schooled Treasury Secretary <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/steven-mnuchin" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Steven Mnuchin</a> Thursday after he said she needs a college degree in economics before he’ll condescend to take her seriously about <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/impact/topic/climate-change" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">climate change</a>.</p><p>“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,” Thunberg, 17, tweeted in response to Mnuchin’s dig.</p><p>At the World Economic Forum in <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/impact/topic/davos" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Davos</a>, Switzerland, Thunberg and other young climate activists called on corporate and world leaders to divest from fossil fuel exploration and extraction to save the planet. </p><p>“Is she the chief economist or who is she? I’m confused,” Mnuchin mocked Thunberg, later claiming he was joking and that it was “<a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/davos-2020-mnuchin-criticizes-thunberg-says-she-should-study-economics-at-college.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">funny</a>.” But he added: “After she goes and studies economics in college <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/davos-2020-mnuchin-criticizes-thunberg-says-she-should-study-economics-at-college.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">she can come back and explain</a> that to us.”</p><p>Thunberg snapped back:</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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. 1/3 <a href="https://t.co/1virpuOyYG" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/1virpuOyYG</a></p>— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1220355420600008704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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. 2/3</p>— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1220355576913387520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>Thunberg was hardly the only one to pile on Mnuchin after his smug remark. Nobel Prize-winning economist <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/impact/topic/paul-krugman" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Paul Krugman</a> berated Mnuchin for so poorly understanding his own purported area of expertise — the economy — that he claimed the Trump administration’s massive corporate tax cut would “pay for itself,” instead of <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/business/budget-deficit-1-trillion-trump.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">breaking the US budget</a>, as it has. </p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The man who predicted that the Trump tax cut would pay for itself says Greta Thunberg needs lessons in economics 1/ <a href="https://t.co/me4dhgNhzD" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/me4dhgNhzD</a></p>— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) <a href="https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1220327047446368256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">More generally, serious economic analysis says that large reductions in carbon emissions would have surprisingly low costs. It's the people insisting that protecting the planet is incompatible with growth who don't know economics 2/</p>— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) <a href="https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1220327424682024960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>“<a href="https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1220367744295751680?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Haters gonna hate and deniers will deny</a> ... logic, science and environmental consensus,” tweeted Rep. <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/alexandria-ocasio-cortez" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez</a> (D-N.Y.), who has an economics degree, in Thunberg’s defense.</p><p>The Earth just suffered its hottest decade ever on record.</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yes, because we all know <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mnuchin?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Mnuchin</a> went to school for climatology 😒.<br><br>The "economy" is kind of dependent on us having a habitable planet to live on, and we should be divesting from things that contribute to Climate Change like Fossil Fuels. <a href="https://t.co/dyqymiwUp8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/dyqymiwUp8</a></p>— Kimberly Graham For US Senate (IA) (@KimberlyforIowa) <a href="https://twitter.com/KimberlyforIowa/status/1220355508890144768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mnuchin goes after Greta Thunberg and says she should study economics<br><br>Here's what Mnuchin learned from economics studies: as the "foreclosure king," he ran a company that booted elderly residents from their homes due to onerous loans and technicalities <a href="https://t.co/NrlufW3ZoO" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/NrlufW3ZoO</a></p>— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisLu44/status/1220314479583551488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I want to live in an America where a guy famous for foreclosing on little old lady's homes to get richer isn't in a position of power where he can condescend to a teenage girl who is trying desperately to help save the world from the greed of people like him.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mnuchin?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Mnuchin</a></p>— Joe Segal-Create Positive Progress (@joesegal) <a href="https://twitter.com/joesegal/status/1220460257186656257?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oh, and I suppose sleazeball <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mnuchin?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Mnuchin</a> has a degree in Climate Science too and wants us to ignore the 97% of Climate Scientists who are predicting disaster if we keep pursuing his contemptuous disregard for future life on our planet. He'll be dead when shit hits the fan for Greta.</p>— chaplinlives (@chaplinlives) <a href="https://twitter.com/chaplinlives/status/1220377907077484544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Another grown ass man picking on a teenage girl, whose only crime is she wants to save the planet so that her generation has one to live on--But hey <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@FLOTUS</a> it's all about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BeBest?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#BeBest</a> right?!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mnuchin?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Mnuchin</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GretaThunberg?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#GretaThunberg</a><a href="https://t.co/OoMOEIRtWh" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/OoMOEIRtWh</a></p>— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) <a href="https://twitter.com/IAmSophiaNelson/status/1220430847691698176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg schooled Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Thursday after he said she needs a college degree in economics before he’ll condescend to take her seriously about climate change.

“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,” Thunberg, 17, tweeted in response to Mnuchin’s dig.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thunberg and other young climate activists called on corporate and world leaders to divest from fossil fuel exploration and extraction to save the planet. 

“Is she the chief economist or who is she? I’m confused,” Mnuchin mocked Thunberg, later claiming he was joking and that it was “funny.” But he added: “After she goes and studies economics in college she can come back and explain that to us.”

Thunberg snapped back:

Thunberg was hardly the only one to pile on Mnuchin after his smug remark. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman berated Mnuchin for so poorly understanding his own purported area of expertise — the economy — that he claimed the Trump administration’s massive corporate tax cut would “pay for itself,” instead of breaking the US budget, as it has. 

Haters gonna hate and deniers will deny ... logic, science and environmental consensus,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who has an economics degree, in Thunberg’s defense.

The Earth just suffered its hottest decade ever on record.

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/greta-thunberg-steve-mnuchin_au_5e2a80ffc5b67d8874af513f

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