Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for 'Murder'

Lester Mason
March 15, 2018

The action star turned politician, who since leaving office as California's Governor in 2011 has turned his hand to environmental activism, has vowed to drag oil bosses through the courts over their contribution to global warming.

In a similar vein, a landmark study published last year revealed the oil company Exxon knew about climate change nearly 40 years ago, when its own researchers uncovered the dirty truth about fossil fuels.

"This is no different from the smoking issue". Schwarzenegger made the announcement on March 11 during a live recording of POLITICO's Off Message podcast, revealing he was now in talks with several private law firms to aid with the lawsuit.

"I don't think there's any difference than if you walk into a room and you know you're going to kill someone, it's first degree murder", he said.

He compared the impact of oil companies, which he said are "knowingly killing people all over the world", with that of the tobacco industry. In response, the world famous bodybuilder plans to file lawsuits, contending Big Oil has a history of producing a risky product while continuing a campaign of denial and secrecy.

"We need to go an alternative route", he said.

There's evidence that oil companies know exactly how unsafe their products are, too, with one study finding that Exxon "knew internally about the dangers...and intentionally misled the public about them". In the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the former bodybuilder insisted that America's citizens and private sector could still comply with the laws, even without being formally a part of the global agreement. He also added that petroleum, like tobacco, should come with a health warning to consumers, saying, "To me it's absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco".

The activist said he hoped the lawsuit would at least force people to look at the global reliance on fossil fuels and promote clean energy.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is accusing Big Oil of causing climate change. "Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that", Schwarzenegger said at a live recording of Politico's "Off Message" podcast.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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