Greta Thunberg Slams Critics Who Say Fighting Climate Crisis Costs Too Much
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg made waves in New York City this week by delivering quite a retort to those who think it’s too expensive to fight the climate crisis that threatens our planet.
The 16-year-old has been one of the most recognizable voices leading the way in climate protests, and she recently arrived in the Big Apple after setting sail from Europe in a zero-carbon boat so she can participate in a major climate strike set to begin on September 20th.
Of course, Americans are also fighting for a cleaner world, which is why the Green New Deal is endorsed by several Democratic presidential candidates and Democrats in Congress, particularly Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
The legislation would transform the United States into a country powered by clean energy sources, forever relegating the fossil fuel industry to the pages of history while instituting new protections for wildlife and nature.
But Republicans have criticized the deal by complaining that it’s too expensive. After all, it would cost trillions of dollars to do what’s necessary to save the world.
In response to the critics, however, Thunberg pointed out that the United States spent a lot of money to bail out the big banks in 2008 during the Great Recession, the same banks that caused the recession in the first place.
According to an MIT study, the government spent nearly half a trillion dollars in bail-out money.
And that’s important because we’re not just talking about banks this time. We are talking about the survival of our planet and humanity, without which, there would be no banks and no money.
“If we can save the banks, we can save the world,” Thunberg said. “If there is something we are not lacking in this world, it’s money. Of course, many people do lack money, but governments and these people in power, they do not lack money. And also we need to have the polluters… actually pay for the damage they have caused. So, to that argument, I would not even respond to that argument, because it has been said so many times, the money is there. What we lack now is political will and social will to do it.”
She’s absolutely right. Wealthy individuals and corporations have more than enough money to pay for the Green New Deal. In fact, the fossil fuel industry makes over $250 billion annually, which means these polluters have enough money in their coffers to pay for the damage they have caused. Just four years of these profits would contribute $1 trillion to the cause.
But it’s going to take the government to force them to pay up and to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations to collect even more revenues to do the job. That’s what the climate strike is all about and Thunberg is looking forward to it because she wants everyone to send a message to governments around the world that it’s time for a swift change before it’s too late.
“I want September 20th to be a tipping point,” she said. “I want world leaders to feel like they have too many people watching them.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
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