16-Year-Old Climate Change Activist Demolishes GOPer Who Said US Isn’t Responsible For Helping Solve The Issue
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, appeared before members of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to tackle the issue of climate change, only to be met by the ignorance of Republican lawmakers.
In a hearing before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Thunberg declined to submit a written opening statement.
“I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists and I want you to unite behind the science,” she said.
During the hearing, GOP Congressman Garret Graves tried to shut Thunberg down by claiming that the U.S. isn’t responsible for helping with the climate change issue.
“Let me ask you a question,” Graves said. “If you were sailing across the ocean and you were picking up trash along the way and for every one piece of trash you pick up, there’s a boat right next to you dumping out five pieces, how would that make you feel?”
“If you use that logic,” Thunberg replied, “I am also dumping a lot of trash in the ocean. I would stop dumping my trash in the ocean and then tell the other boat to stop dumping their trash in the ocean as well.”
But it wasn’t clear if Graves understood Thunberg’s remarks.
“That’s the important point here,” the lawmaker said. “I think we need to be focusing on the countries that are dumping trash in the ocean. Of course, that’s a metaphor.”
Take a look at the exchange in the video clip below:
And here's Greta Thunberg subtly refuting @RepGarretGraves's self-defeating logic that the US doesn't need to do more to address the climate crisis because other countries are lagging behind pic.twitter.com/4WH9iirSXN
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 18, 2019