Some liberals who have supported President Joe Biden and now going against him because of what they perceive is his inaction on climate change.
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg is one of those who has called into question Biden’s leadership on environmental issues.
“I mean, it’s strange that people think of Joe Biden as a leader for the climate when you see what his administration is doing,” she said to KK Ottesen in an interview with The Washington Post.
The teenage activist backed Biden in the 2020 presidential election, but made her comments on her disappointment with him after she was asked if she was inspired by “any of the world leaders, by President Biden?”
“The U.S. is actually expanding fossil fuel infrastructure. Why is the U.S. doing that? It should not fall on us activists and teenagers who just want to go to school to raise this awareness and to inform people that we are actually facing an emergency,” the activist said.
“People ask us, ‘What do you want?’ ‘What do you want politicians to do?’ And we say, first of all, we have to actually understand what is the emergency. We are trying to find a solution of a crisis that we don’t understand. For example, in Sweden, we ignore — we don’t even count or include more than two-thirds of our actual emissions. How can we solve a crisis if we ignore more than two-thirds of it? So it’s all about the narrative. It’s all about, what are we actually trying to solve? Is it this emergency, or is it this emergency?” she said.
She is 18-years-old and not a scientist. Why is anyone asking her anything?
And true to being a teenager she has changed her mind on Biden. Her stance on him before the election was to support him in his effort to become president.
“I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that. From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden,” she said.
I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that.
From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn!
Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden https://t.co/gFttFBZK5O
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 10, 2020
Biden had promised during his campaign to address the “climate crisis” but Thunberg and others are not thrilled with what he has done.
“Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. That’s why he is outlining a bold plan – a Clean Energy Revolution – to address this grave threat and lead the world in addressing the climate emergency,” his campaign said.
“Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected,” it said.
But the actions he has taken have not been enough for Thunberg even as he has rejoined the 2015 Paris Climate Accords and pledged to make emissions 100 percent clean by 2050.