Greta Thunberg Deletes 2018 Climate Change Tweet

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg deleted a tweet that predicted dire ramifications if the world did not cut down on carbon dioxide emissions.

Thunberg, who has become a media darling with her climate protests, deleted the tweet in question that stated humanity had until 2023 to stop using coal and oil or face severe consequences.

The tweet read that a “top climate scientist is warning that climate changes will wipe out all of humanity unless we stop using fossil fuels over the next five years” and included a link to an article.

The 20-year-old activist gained notoriety due to her leaving school in protest of global environmental policies. She carried this protest into a wider idea of a climate strike among students, including protesting outside of the Swedish parliament. This continued into a number of other environmental causes.

Thunberg has received considerable criticism for her positions, many of which are seen by critics are contradictory. This includes a recent protest against wind energy in Norway. Until late last year, the climate activist also argued against the use of carbon-free nuclear energy.

The latest tweet deletion is also not the first time that Thunberg courted controversy. A number of her statements have been seen by critics as misleading. Thunberg was removed from a protest over the expansion of a German coal mine earlier this year in what critics described as little more than a photo op.

Conservatives point to the fact that Thunberg is carrying out these protests in the West, which is reducing its carbon emissions, and not in China, which is dramatically increasing its pollution. In particular, China is dramatically increasing its electricity production using coal.

The communist nation permitted more than 100 gigawatts of new coal power generation last year, which is equivalent to about 100 coal-fired plants. China currently represents more than a quarter of the world’s emissions, about triple that of the United States.

Thunberg’s tweet deletion is similar to a number of other incorrect prognostications about the effects of climate change, including the famous 2006 prediction by former Vice President Al Gore that humanity must make sharp changes prior to 2016 or face severe consequences.