Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has attained international prominence for calling out leaders of all types for perceived inaction on environmental issues.
According to recent reports, some leftists in America might not be pleased with her remarks criticizing President Joe Biden’s position on the issue. Of course, progressives cheered in 2019 when she famously glared at then-President Donald Trump.
“I don’t have the mandate”
It was during a recent MSNBC interview that she offered a coy response when asked to give the Biden administration a grade on its performance thus far regarding climate-related policies.
“Well, you shouldn’t take that from me,” she told host Mehdi Hasan. “I’m just a teenager, so I don’t have the mandate to sort of give grades like that. My opinion on this doesn’t matter.”
Thunberg continued on, however, and offered some direct critiques based on what she has witnessed so far.
“You should rather look at the science and whether his policies are in line with the Paris agreements and to stay below 1.5 or even 2 degrees Celsius, and then you can clearly see that, no, it’s not nearly enough in line with the science,” she declared. “That’s not me saying, that’s just black and white, looking at the facts.”
She acknowledged that “it’s difficult” to meet these demands and declared that she “would not want to be in a politician’s position right now,” but nonetheless described such drastic steps as vital to the survival of mankind.
“They better treat it accordingly”
Hasan chimed in by asking his guest what she believed the president should be doing differently.
Thunberg replied that Biden should “just treat the climate crisis like a crisis,” noting that the administration has declared it an “existential threat” to the world.
“They better treat it accordingly, which they are not,” she said.
For his part, Biden has stressed the importance of acting immediately to reverse climate change, in part by rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. Critics of that decision, however, portrayed it as a concession to China.
In an opinion piece published late last year, Rebecca Grant wrote: “China is the world’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter, responsible for 29% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. That’s double the U.S. percentage. If China won’t live up to its treaty regarding its treatment of Hong Kong, do you think Chinese leaders are keen on limiting the amount of carbon dioxide their nation emits?”