Trump and Greta at Davos

11 January 2020

Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg are attending the current meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, and both made speeches today.

The Guardian    21 January 2020 
Graeme Wearden in Davos and Julia Kollewe

Environmental destruction is at the top of the agenda at the annual summit of the world's decision-makers.

In his keynote speech, Mr Trump said that it was a time for optimism, not pessimism, in a speech that touted his administration's economic achievements and America's energy boom.

He called for a rejection of "predictions of the apocalypse" and said America would defend its economy.

Speaking of climate activists, he said: "These alarmists always demand the same thing - absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives."

"We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy."

Trump's speech factchecked by APnews

Trump's speech (extract)   []
Trump's speech in full        [YouTube]


Greta Thunberg repeated her warning of a year ago to the same forum

"Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fuelling the flames by the hour, and we are telling you to act as if you loved your children above all else."

and ended her speech with three specific and forceful demands for action by world leaders

"We demand at this year's World Economic Forum, that participants from all companies, banks, institutions and governments: immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction; immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies; and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.  We don't want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021.  We want this done now."

Some criticisms of Greta discussed (Bigthink)

Greta's speech (extract)  [The Guardian]
Greta's speech in full       [Democracy Now]

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