Mnuchin Shades Greta Thunberg, Suggests She Go to College and Study Economics

In a move that has angered Teen Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s social media supporters, U.S. Treasury secretary threw some shade at Thunberg, suggesting she go to college and study economics before lecturing people.

Newsmax reports U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is in no position to give economic advice until she’s gone to college and come out with an economics degree.

At a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos, Mnuchin took a swipe at the 17-year-old environmental campaigner for her recommendation that both the public and private sectors should divest from fossil fuels.

When asked how that would affect the U.S. economic model, Mnuchin took a swipe at Thunberg.

“Is she the chief economist? Who is she? I’m confused,” he said. Then following a brief pause, he said it was “a joke.”

“After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us,” he concluded.

Paul Krugman, who famously predicted the stock market would possibly never recover from a Trump presidency when over the last 3 years just the opposite has happened, wrote

“The man who predicted that the Trump tax cut would pay for itself says Greta Thunberg needs lessons in economics 1/”

More generally, serious economic analysis says that large reductions in carbon emissions would have surprisingly low costs. It’s the people insisting that protecting the planet is incompatible with growth who don’t know economics 2/

Former Obama cabinet secretary Chris Lu, wrote:

Mnuchin goes after Greta Thunberg and says she should study economics

Here’s what Mnuchin learned from economics studies: as the “foreclosure king,” he ran a company that booted elderly residents from their homes due to onerous loans and technicalities