October 21, 2019

Greta Thunberg Fails to Win Nobel Peace Prize

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By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

Greta Thunberg, a teenage climate change activist, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but didn’t win.

The Background:

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old environmental activist, recently appeared at the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit and told world leaders regarding their inaction on climate change, “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

For her rabblerousing, Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but it instead went to Ethiopia’s prime minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed for bringing peace between his country and the neighboring nation of Eritrea.

The Washington Post has wondered in headlines, “Why didn’t Greta Thunberg win the Nobel Peace Prize?” and declared, “The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for baffling reasons.”

Why It Matters:

As RP has reported, progressives are constantly trying to tell the rest of us how to live – whether they obey the same rules or not. “Battling man-made climate change” often comes at the expense – literally – of our wallets, in the form of taxes (The Tax Policy Center, for instance, found that the cost of the “Green New Deal” “would be staggering”), and in exchange for our freedoms (plastic bag and straw bans, for example).

Notable Quotes:

“For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything at all to fight the climate crisis and the ecological crisis. But we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer.”

  • Greta Thunberg

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

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