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Shocking manners from impertinent upstart Greta The Climate Child in EU snub

Apparently millions of young children idolise this brat.

My dad would have tanned my hide.

Nothing is good enough for these people.  Carbon neutrality, zero emissions, even the climate-zealots of the EU cannot do enough to satisfy St Greta of the Weather.

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Greta Thunberg turned on her hosts in Brussels on Wednesday to accuse the European Union of only “pretending” to fight climate change and betraying the future of Europe’s children.

The teenage Swedish activist had been invited by the European Commission to address a meeting of commissioners before the EU unveiled plans for its first ever climate law, part of its Green Deal agenda, which would make it a legal requirement for the EU to be carbon neutral by 2050. Miss Thunberg said it did not go far enough.

She told a press conference that the plan was a betrayal of science, the 2016 Paris climate accord and “seven and a half million” protesting schoolchildren.

“This climate deal is surrender because nature doesn’t bargain and you cannot make deals with physics,” she said. “You can’t escape no matter how badly you want to or how hard you try and the longer you keep running away from that truth, the bigger your betrayal to your own children.”

Critics say the proposed law fudges the issue of legally binding emissions reduction targets for all 27 member states. Carbon neutrality will only be measured at the EU level to allow individual countries, such as coal-burning Poland, extra time. The commission ducked calls for a new 2030 target of a 50 to 55 per cent reduction in emissions to keep the current target of 40 per cent.

Miss Thunberg and other environmentalists have called for a minimum 80 per cent reduction.

Her denunciation is deeply embarrassing for the EU which regards itself as the global leader on fighting climate change. Defending the plan, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the commission, said: “It gives direction to our green growth strategy and guarantees that the transition will be gradual and fair.”