Schwarzenegger to sue Big Oil for '1st degree murder'

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

Schwarzenegger said during an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast that he is still working on the timing for his push, but he is now speaking with private law firms.

Schwarzenegger, who launched the Digital Environmental Legislative Handbook last August to provide fifty state legislators with a blueprint to pass climate change legislation to counter President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, said oil companies and fossil fuels are "no different from the smoking issue".

Schwarzenegger compared what he said was oil companies' willful disregard of the risks associated with fossil fuels and global warming to big tobacco's attempts to cover up the detrimental side effects of smoking.

Yet instead of spreading awareness of the issue, the company buried the truth and spent millions to promote misinformation on the topic.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his intention to sue American oil companies for "first degree murder" over their role behind "global warming;" claiming the energy producers "knew" of the deadly threats posed by fossil fuels since the 1950s.

While the exact date that he plans to file the lawsuit is still unconfirmed, the former governor is holding nothing back. "It's absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco", he said.

Proving in the court of law that these oil companies wilfully and malignantly killed innocent people will be quite hard, and Schwarzenegger understands that he's up against a very rich and powerful adversary. He suggested that every product containing a fossil fuel in it should carry a warning label, including cars and gasoline stations. "I never know really why the Russians make him say certain things", Schwarzenegger riffed. The state of NY, multiple cities including San Francisco and California counties are suing ExxonMobil and others, alleging they have known about - and tried to obscure - the damaging effects of climate change from burning the fossil fuels the industry brings to market. If you want more like this, head over to Science As Fact.

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