Greta Thunberg just doesn’t do it for Putin: ‘I don’t share common excitement’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently not impressed with the left’s teenage climate darling, Greta Thunberg.

Putin revealed that last month’s United Nations speech by the 16-year-old Swedish activist did not give him the same “excitement” many others felt as he called on adults to avoid involving children in “extreme situations,” according to Reuters.

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“I may disappoint you but I don’t share the common excitement about the speech by Greta Thunberg,” the Russian leader said during a session at an energy forum in Moscow on Wednesday.

Thunberg’s speech was hailed by progressives and climate change alarmists last month as she denounced world leaders at the U.N.

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” she said at the summit. “Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams, my childhood with your empty words.”

The left celebrated the teen’s outrage and children across the world hailed her as a hero with adults encouraging them to speak out, protest and follow Thunberg’s lead.

But Putin cautioned activists with a reality check on Wednesday.

“No one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and different and … people in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden,” he said.

Though he felt young activists should be supported in their environmental efforts, Putin warned of crossing the line.

“But when someone is using children and teenagers in personal interests, it only deserves to be condemned,” he told the energy forum. “I’m sure that Greta is a kind and very sincere girl. But adults must do everything not to bring teenagers and children into some extreme situations.”

In fact, some have condemned the parading of Thunberg considering her mental health issues which, according to Wikipedia, includes her being “diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder  (OCD), and selective mutism.”

The teen has reportedly referred to her autism as her “superpower.”

Despite Putin’s feelings about the teen, she was reportedly invited by a member of the Russian lower house of parliament to deliver a speech, according to Reuters.

In an op-ed for BizPac Review, author and columnist John Hawkins argued that Thunberg, like many in her generation, have been negatively affected because the “propaganda from her parents and other sources made her hysterical about global warming.”

“Some people may think it’s worth it politically to scare kids to death over global warming, and responsible adults need to stop trying to frighten them with propaganda and doomsday prophecies,” Hawkins wrote.

Many have contended that Thunberg suffers from the same hypocrisy as others on the left who raise the alarm on the climate while traveling to environmental events in fuel-guzzling private planes and transportation. Of course, Thunberg chose to forego air travel for her trip to New York last month, opting instead to make the trans-Atlantic trip in a “zero-carbon yacht.”

Naturally, Putin’s criticism of Thunberg received the same backlash as when Canadian Member of Parliament Maxime Bernier called her alarmist and mentally unstable. President Trump also remarked on Thunberg’s U.N. speech, tweeting: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

Thunberg apparently updated her Twitter bio to reflect Putin’s criticism.

The teen changed the previous “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” which was a jab at Trump’s comments about her. Her new bio reads: “A kind but poorly informed teenager.”

Frieda Powers

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