Stewart from Essex argued against the 16-year-old Swedish activist receiving a Nobel Peace Prize. His comments come as thousands of Extinction Rebellion protestors have gridlocked London demanding action on the climate crisis. Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Stewart said: “I don’t think Greta should be put up there with the likes of Nelson Mandela because of two big problems for me in her speech.
“The fact she talks about us being on the verge of extinction, we’re clearly not.
“The economic growth which she said is such a bad thing is needed to help people in developing countries.
“In cutting carbon admissions in the aggressive way that people are suggesting are only actually going to hurt people in those developing countries, not us.”
Mr Vine interjected and said: “We’re got nearly 10 billion people on the planet now and if everyone in China gets a fridge, we’re finished but who are we to stop them”
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Greta Thunberg has been labelled as “dangerous” by a British caller on the Jeremy Vine show (Image: GETTY/Jeremy Vine)
Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (Image: GETTY)
Stewart added: “The massive problem is the message she is putting out is absolutely the wrong one.
“The recent IPCC report doesn’t even agree with what she says so it’s completely wrong.