U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Greta Thunberg she should study economics on Thursday (January 23), a jibe which prompted the climate activist to say she didn’t need a degree to know the world was not meeting its climate targets.
Thunberg, who has taken a year off school to advocate action on climate change, hit back on Twitter, saying it did not take a degree to know the world was not meeting its climate targets.
Thunberg’s comments were said days after addressing a packed panel at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort, where she has been a star attraction.
Mnuchin’s quip came two days after U.S. President Donald Trump and Thunberg sparred indirectly at the Davos summit. After Trump said the U.S. had committed to joining the one trillion tree initiative, Thunberg retorted that fixing the climate crisis was not only about trees.
Before leaving Davos, Trump seemed to extend an olive branch, saying he wished he had seen Thunberg speak.
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