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Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin dismissed the concerns of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, telling her to wait until she has an economics degree before she advises countries how to handle energy policy. 

Thunberg, 17, spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. She made an impassioned plea for the world to immediately stop using and investing in fossil fuels. 

“I wonder, what will you tell your children was the reason to fail and leave them facing a climate chaos that you knowingly brought upon them?” she asked. “That it seemed so bad for the economy that we decided to resign the idea of securing future living conditions without even trying?” 

When asked about her comments during a news conference in Davos, Munchin asked, “Is she the chief economist? Who is she? I’m confused.” He then explained he was joking about not having heard of her. 

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