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Why Greta's Climate Panic Failed

• by Michael Shellenberger

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron (right) agreed to reject climate activist Greta Thunberg's demand that Europe not finance nuclear and natural gas plants.

The most influential climate activist in the world, with no runner-up in sight, is Greta Thunberg.

 Time Magazine named her Person of the Year for 2019 and it feels inevitable that she will win the Nobel Peace Prize eventually if not this year.

With her 14 million followers on Instagram and her five million followers on Twitter, everything she does is news. Reuters named as one its key "Moments from 2021" Thunberg singing and dancing at a promotional "Climate Live" concert in advance of the United Nations climate talks.

But for all of her fame, Thunberg's political influence has never been lower.

Two weeks ago, Thunberg and other climate leaders demanded that Europe not finance either nuclear plants or natural gas production, but the European Commission rejected her demands and confirmed Saturday that both nuclear and natural gas will be counted as sustainable and thus be available for for European Union financing. The EU "sustainable taxonomy" deal appears to be a compromise between nuclear-reliant France and increasingly gas-reliant Germany.