Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently launched an initiative to sue oil companies, claiming that they are “knowingly killing people all over the world.”
Schwarzenegger explained while sitting for an interview with Politico’s “Off Message” podcast that he is working on the timing of his movement, but is currently speaking with private law firms.
“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,” Schwarzenegger, a global environmental activist, said.
“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.”
Schwarzenegger attacked oil companies for being irresponsible and swore to prosecute them.
“It’s absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco,” he said.
“Every gas station on it, every car should have a warning label on it, every product that has fossil fuels should have a warning label on it.”
He declared that he hopes to raise awareness about the devastating effects of fossil fuels.
“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,” he said during the interview.
“I think it’s the same thing with the oil companies.
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