Louise Linton deletes pro-Greta Thunberg Instagram post

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton, deleted an Instagram post from Saturday where she expressed her support for teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg

Prior to her post, Mnuchin sparred with the teenager over whether the United States should divest from fossil fuels. Dismissing her ask for the end of the fossil fuel industry, Mnuchin said the 17-year-old should study economics in college, and then “she can come back and explain that to us.” 

In Linton’s post—which tagged both Thunberg and her husband—she expressed sympathy for Thunberg.

“I stand with Greta on this issue. (I don’t have a degree in economics either),” wrote Linton, an actress and animal rights activist, according to CNBC. “We need to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels. Keep up the fight @gretathunberg.”

Though Linton did not explain why she deleted the post, Thunberg herself responded to Mnuchin on Thursday. In a series of tweets she wrote, “It doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up.”

“So either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those already affected by the climate emergency why we should abandon our climate commitments,” she added.

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Alexandra Samuels

Alexandra Samuels

Alexandra Samuels is a political reporter at the Texas Tribune and contributor to the Daily Dot, where she started as an intern covering politics in the summer of 2016. She enjoys Marvel movies, baking, and reading murder-mystery novels.