Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, took down Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) during a hearing at the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis (more video below).
Graves, who opposes the international Paris agreement to lower emissions world-wide, used the tired old Republican talking point that the U.S. should not curb its carbon emissions until other countries do:
Let me ask you a question. 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?
Thunberg destroyed Graves’ imaginary scenario by using his own non-logic:
If you use that logic. 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.
Thunberg’s response went right over Graves’ head as he responded with more failed logic:
That’s the important point here. I think we need to be focusing on the countries that are dumping trash in the ocean. Of course that’s a metaphor.
In her opening statement Thunberg asked the lawmakers to accept science:
I have not come to offer any prepared remarks … I am instead attaching my testimony. It is the IPCC special report on global warming … I am submitting this report as my testimony b/c I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists.
.@GretaThunberg: "I have not come to offer any prepared remarks … I am instead attaching my testimony. It is the IPCC special report on global warming … I am submitting this report as my testimony b/c I don't want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists." pic.twitter.com/QtijHVcYfD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 18, 2019