The actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, says that he is going after climate change and Big Oil.
Schwarzenegger said during a podcast at the SXSW festival in Austin that was sponsored by Politico that he is in discussion with some law firms about suing global oil companies “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”
In the podcast, Schwarzenegger stated: “The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for people’s lives, that it would kill.”
He added: “I don’t think there’s any difference: If you walk into a room and you know you’re going to kill someone, it’s first-degree murder; I think it’s the same thing with the oil companies.”
During the podcast, Schwarzenegger compares the said issue to the tobacco industry.
Schwarzenegger stated: “This is no different from the smoking issue. The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades, that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it.
“Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that.”
The actor and former governor argues that every car, gas station, and product that has fossil fuels should come with a warning label on it. He hopes that this will help in raising awareness regarding alternative fuels and cleaner cars.
He stated: “We’re going to go after them, and we’re going to be in there like an Alabama tick. Because to me it’s absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco.”