Arnold Schwarzenegger, the "Terminator" actor, former California governor and businessman, plans to sue major oil companies that he says have knowingly killed people. "[.] The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study and knew there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it, it would be risky for people's lives, that it would kill people". 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.
During an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast, he related oil companies to tobacco companies and called it "absolutely irresponsible" to not have a warning label on a product a company knows kills people.
The former governor said he sees no difference in first-degree murder when someone walks into a room knowing they are going to kill someone and oil companies.
On the podcast, Schwarzenegger made a comparison between oil and tobacco, a product that kills 480,000 people per year in the US, according to the CDC.
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"We are going to go after them and we are going to be in there like an Alabama tick, that I can promise you", Schwarzenegger said.
In the podcast, Schwarzenegger compares the issue to the tobacco industry.
The Hollywood icon also wants to take the movement against the fossil fuel industry further by pushing for the labeling of all products that were produced using the dirty power source of this fact, Futurism notes. "I think it's the same thing with the oil companies".
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. Legal action over climate change damages is underpinned by a growing body of research linking individual oil corporations with specific degrees of global warming.