Swedish activist Greta Thunberg thinks the world needs an economic overhaul if it is to have a chance of beating what she calls man-made climate change.
Thunberg told Reuters TV last week that countries should be prepared to tear up old deals and contracts to meet green targets.
"As long as it's not being treated as a crisis, we can have as many of these climate change negotiations and talks and conferences as possible; it won't change a thing," said Thunberg.
In what may have been a poor choice of words, Thunberg then went on to say that this is not a climate crisis the world can work its way out of.
"We have to admit that this is not a crisis that we can build ourselves out of or invest or buy or consume or produce," said Thunberg. "That is the same approach that got us into this crisis, and we cannot solve it with that same approach."
This is a big deal, considering that individuals, think tanks, and special interest groups sounding the alarm on climate are all proposing plans to move the economy away from fossil fuels and toward alternative energy platforms. Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden has even pushed a $2 trillion energy plan that calls for significant investments.
Author and JunkScience.com founder Steve Milloy finds this unnecessary. He also believes Thunberg is being used as a "climate puppet."
"[If] we were to stop using fossil fuels anytime soon, billions would die," says Milloy. "We have 7.7 billion people on the planet that live a pretty high standard of living, and growing every day."
He also points out that "nothing happens in our world" without fossil fuels.