Thunberg, who shot to international prominence after skipping school to protest the effects of climate change, welcomed the news after Biden submitted a letter of intent to the United Nations on Wednesday for the U.S. to reenter the global pact to combat climate change that the Trump administration rejected. She also took a dig at the Texas Republican with her missive.
“So happy that USA has finally rejoined the Pittsburgh Agreement. Welcome back!” the 18-year-old activist tweeted to her 4.6 million followers.
So happy that USA has finally rejoined the Pittsburgh Agreement. Welcome back!
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg)
January 21, 2021
The tweet was in reference to a statement from Cruz that accused Biden of being more invested in Parisians than the blue-collar jobs of people in places like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh,” Cruz tweeted Wednesday. “This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.”
“Rejoining the Paris agreement isn’t about ‘restoring America’s leadership abroad’ or ‘solving the climate crisis,’ but instead it is about Democrats’ plans to destroy jobs they don’t like — including thousands of manufacturing jobs — and cede control of our energy future to other countries,” the senator said in a statement.
By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz)
January 20, 2021
Thunberg, who is Swedish, has not been shy about her disdain for former President Donald Trump and threw her support behind Biden about a month before the election. She said in October that while she doesn’t like to dabble in party politics, Biden would be the best choice for the climate.
A video of Thunberg glaring at Trump while at the U.N. headquarters went viral in 2019.
Biden has said that he will convene a “climate world summit” within his first 100 days in office to try and persuade the largest greenhouse gas-emitting nations to commit to more comprehensive climate pledges.
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