Young climate activist Greta Thunberg disses Biden, and his green agenda

"It’s strange that people think of Joe Biden as a leader for the climate when you see what his administration is doing," Thunberg says.

Published: December 29, 2021 6:22pm

Updated: December 29, 2021 10:18pm

President Joe Biden last month sought to convince world leaders his administration was working overtime to fight climate change with action, not words. But the global climate movement’s brightest young star isn’t buying it.

In an interview with The Washington Post Magazine published this week, 18-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg dissed the American president’s environmental credentials.

“It’s strange that people think of Joe Biden as a leader for the climate when you see what his administration is doing,” Thunberg said. “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.”

Thunberg is not the only climate activist to criticize Biden’s green agenda. 

On Wednesday, the Biden Environmental Protection Agency announced it would only study seven of the 54 chemicals known as PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl, that environmentalists flagged. A lawyer for the environmental groups suggested the action was a big nothing burger.

"Ninety-plus percent of what we asked for we’re not getting,” Attorney Bob Sussman said.

Earlier this year, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other liberal lawmakers slammed the president’s negotiated framework on the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill with a group of bi-partisan Senators for not doing enough to address climate change. 

Those criticisms have waned after the Biden Administration included nearly $600 billion in climate investment in its $2 trillion Build Back Better Act.

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