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In my opinion, the most interesting moments in politics occur when entities on the same side go head-to-head.
The best: Primary season, when one candidate spends a year or more insisting how horrible the others are, potentially followed by eight years of demanding one of them is the best thing since the advent of phoniness.
The following doesn’t reach election-level opposition, but it’s nonetheless worth noting.
As reported by the New York Post, Swedish teenager/environmental activist Greta Thunberg recently raked Joe Biden over his inadequacy where climate change is concerned.
During an appearing on MSNBC Sunday night, the youngster was asked to grade Joe — who she endorsed — on his planet-saving efforts.
“I would just like [Biden] to treat the climate crisis like a crisis,” @GretaThunberg tells me on the @MehdiHasanShow on @MSNBC. Politicians “have said themselves that this is an existential threat & they’d better treat it accordingly, which they are not.”pic.twitter.com/KcodO6GEvv
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 8, 2021
Her statement out of the gate surely came as a surprise to some: The outspoken young lady claimed her opinions don’t matter:
“[Y]ou shouldn’t take that from me — I’m just a teenager, so I’m not, I don’t have the mandate to sort of give grades like that. My opinions on this doesn’t matter.”
It seems they should — she’s been hailed as a wholly valid voice.
And last May, CNN featured her on a panel with former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former acting CDC Director Richard Besser to discuss the nuances of the coronavirus:
Former acting CDC director Richard Besser, former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius and activist Greta Thunberg join @AndersonCooper & @DrSanjayGupta for a live #CNNTownHall. Coronavirus – Facts and Fears, Thursday at 8 p.m. ET pic.twitter.com/I4FrXgwaL6
— CNN (@CNN) May 13, 2020
Perhaps most triumphantly, in September 2019, she was declared a successor to Jesus by a local Church of Sweden pastor:
“Announcement! Jesus of Nazareth has now appointed one of his successors, Greta Thunberg.”
Back to MSNBC, the very relevant activist jabbed Joe.
As it turns out, he’s not doing nearly enough:
“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. And that’s not me saying, that’s just black and white, looking at the facts.”
Will he listen?
As observed by the Post, Joltin’ Joe’s hit some balls:
Host Mehdi Hasan noted that Biden has rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, named a climate czar, and started to roll back some of former President Donald Trump’s environmental policies and then asked her what she would suggest Biden do.
Still, Greta appeared to bestow Biden with bit of an F:
“I would just like him to basically just treat the climate crisis like a crisis. They have said themselves that this is an existential threat. And they’d better treat it accordingly, which they are not.”
“I mean, they are just treating the climate crisis as if it was a political topic, among other topics.”
MSNBC inquired, “If he rang you up and said, ‘Greta what should I do…what should I do that I’m not?’ What would you say to him?”
Her answer: Nothing.
“An elected leader cannot do anything without support from voters. … [D]emocracy is the most precious thing that we have, and we must not risk that.”
Her advice to Biden: Tell the situation as it is.
“[H]ow can you expect support and pressure from voters if you are not treating the crisis like a crisis.”
She wrapped up with something inarguable:
“Since the climate crisis doesn’t exist, how can we expect people to want climate action?”
I’d say that question’s an A+.