Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) knocked teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday, calling her “remarkably ill-informed.”
The Swedish teenager has gained international media attention in recent months for her outspoken activism on climate change, prompting Bevin and other lawmakers, including President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE, to criticize her and her growing platform.
“She’s articulate, she’s an intelligent woman, young woman, she’s very emotional, she’s very passionate and she’s remarkably ill-informed,” Bevin told a reporter for InsideClimate News on Tuesday at a meeting of the Southern States Energy Board, according to WEKU.
"She's articulate, she's an intelligent woman...young woman, she's very emotional, she's very passionate & she's remarkably ill-informed", @GovMattBevin when asked about @GretaThunberg while at the Southern States Energy Board mtg in Louisville. @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/bzMO31Ryf6— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) September 24, 2019
On Monday, Thunberg gave an impassioned plea before a United Nations panel on climate change.
“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,” Thunberg said in a clip that went viral.
Bevin’s comments came as the energy board, made up of 16 southern states, discussed energy and environment policies.
He also cast doubt on climate science, a stance he has long held, according to the news outlet.
This “green renewable world can’t deliver on what we need,” Bevin said. “What we grew up with as weather is now climate change, and a cause for alarm.”
WEKU reports Bevin previously alleged climate change is a hoax and renewable energy does not provide an adequate way to power the world.
“Renewables cannot come close to meeting demand as it increases around the world,” he said.