Economics should not even be a consideration when talking about the destruction of our environment.
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed Greta Thunberg’s call for private and public sector divestment from fossil fuel companies, telling Yahoo Finance at a press briefing: “After she goes and studies economics in college she can come back and explain that to us.”
Mnuchin also joked about 17-year-old climate activist: “Who is that? Is she the chief economist?”
Mnuchin noted that the Trump administration did have concerns about the environment, but had other plans for it.
“I think that there’s a real misinterpretation of the US policy,” he said. “Let me be very clear. President Trump absolutely believes in clean air and clean water and having a clean environment.”
“What the president objects to is the Paris agreement,” Mnuchin added. “The reason why the president objected to the Paris agreement was he thought it was an unfair agreement to the US. This is nothing against China and India but the real environmental issues right now are in both those countries. If you look at the US and what we’ve done relative to rest of world US thought it was an unfair agreement.”
First off that is just a fucking lie.
Trump pulled us out of the Paris agreement simply because it was Obama who signed it, which is the same reason that he pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement.
The Trump Administration has NO plan to address climate change, because if they did we would have heard about it already.
All they have done is to do away with policies put in place by the previous administration that were designed with input from scientists to save our planet.
By the way, as usual, Thunberg was quick to reply and easily destroyed Mnuchin’s ridiculous comment.
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 pic.twitter.com/1virpuOyYG
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 23, 2020
The entire Trump Administration could take on this young woman and she would still walk away with their scalps on her Twitter belt.