Schwarzenegger says he wants to sue oil companies for first-degree murder

Erika Holt
March 15, 2018

In a 2015 Facebook post, Schwarzenegger said 7 million people die annually from pollution, while 19,000 die daily from fossil fuel pollution.

He argues that every gas station, vehicle and product with fossil fuels should have a warning label on it.

"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. 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.

Schwarzenegger said that like the tobacco industry's paying hundreds of billions of dollars after being found responsible for lying about the health effects of smoking, the oil industry has lied about what it has known about the effects of fossil fuel pollution.

While Schwarzenegger appears to be talking about oil companies' disastrous effect on the environment as a whole, he could just as easily be referring to an incident that saw 10 activists get tortured and killed in Nigeria.

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Reuters quoted San Francisco officials as saying that the five oil companies "knowingly and recklessly created an ongoing public nuisance that is causing harm now and in the future risks catastrophic harm to human life and property".

In 2012, he told the BBC that "the future is green energy". In doing so, he gave 50 state legislators information as to how they could pass climate change legislation. 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.

It may be hard for him to find massive amounts of support for this extreme initiative.

The 1988 original was directed by Ivan Reitman and featured Schwarzenegger and DeVito as unlikely twins separated at birth, with DeVito's character becoming the more streetwise one and Schwarzenegger playing the naive, socially inexperienced brother. If he has a better way to get around that will save people significant amounts of money, then certainly he could get people to stop using oil. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.

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