- The Washington Times - Monday, March 8, 2021

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg said Sunday that President Biden‘s policies addressing climate change don’t go far enough.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, the 18-year-old Swedish activist refused to give the Biden administration a letter grade on its efforts to combat the crisis.

“You shouldn’t take that from me, I’m just a teenager, so I don’t have the mandate to sort of give grades like that,” she said. “My opinions on this doesn’t matter.

“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 continued. “And that’s not me saying it, that’s just black and white, looking at the facts.”

Mr. Hasan noted that Mr. Biden, in his first 50 days in office, set up a climate office, named John Kerry as climate czar and rejoined the Paris climate agreement, asking Ms. Thunberg, “What do you want to see him doing that he’s not doing?”

Ms. Thunbarg, who tweeted her support for Mr. Biden‘s presidential run in October, responded, “I understand that it’s difficult and, to be honest, I would not want to be in a politician’s position right now — I can’t imagine how hard it must be. But I would just like him to treat the climate crisis like a crisis.”

Mr. Hasan pressed, “Is there a specific policy, or if he rang you up and said, ‘Greta, what should I do? I can wave a presidential magic wand executively. What should I do that I’m not?’ What would you say to him?”

“Well, nothing, because that’s not democratic,” Ms. Thunberg answered. “I mean, an elected leader cannot do anything without support from voters, and I would not want anyone to do anything that would not have their support because that would be undemocratic, and democracy is the most precious thing that we have, and we must not risk that. So what we need now is to raise awareness and to create public opinion to treat the crisis like a crisis.”

During his first week in office, Mr. Biden issued an executive order to achieve “a carbon pollution-free electricity sector no later than 2035” and to put the U.S. “on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050.” He also canceled a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline and ordered a pause in the sale of new oil and gas leases on federal land.

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