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10:52 am, January 27th, 2020 - 11 comments
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Another case has appeared involving a grown male lecturing Greta Thunberg and at the same time showing how limited his understanding of reality is.
This time it was US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin who showed how big a douchebag he is by saying that Thunberg should go back to school and learn economics and only then come back and lecture the free world.
Her responses were exquisite.
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— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 23, 2020
The attack was gratuitous. Thunberg is relying on what is an overwhelming scientific consensus about climate change. Attacking her and refusing to address that consensus, let alone what is happening in the world real time, is an insult to conscious bipedals everywhere.
And Greta did well at Davos. Even the Wall Street Journal agrees that climate change discussions dominated Davos discussions. And it should do. If our world pulls itself out of this climate change quagmire in the future Greta will deserve special praise.
Even Mnuchin’s wife Louise Linton thought he was being a douche. From CNN:
“I stand with Greta on this issue. (I don’t have a degree in economics either),” actress Louise Linton wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post after Mnuchin chided the 17-year-old’s call for governments to end their support of fossil fuels at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, saying she should attend college and study economics.
Paul Krugman had the perfect response. He noted Mnuchin believes tax cuts improve trickle down and pay for themselves even though this theory has been tried time and time again and has always failed. He describes this as a “zombie idea”.
Of course we have had that argument locally for many years. Remember Key’s fiscally neutral tax cuts? How National added in a line “adjustment for macroeconomic effects” to calculations to justify the claim? And the adjustments did not actually occur?
This sums up the right well. Surrounded by apocalyptic events foretold by climate scientists they attack a young woman who is pointing this out to them rather than acknowledge they are destroying our world. Yet they cling to weird zombie ideas that have been disproved time and time again, basically because these ideas allow them to feed the greed of their supporters.