Arnold Schwarzenegger announces plan from SXSW to hold “Big Oil” accountable for knowingly “killing people all over the world”
Schwarzenegger believes oil companies should be held responsible the same as “Big Tobacco”
During a podcast with POLITICO’s Off Message Schwarzenegger announced his plan to take oil companies to court
The former California governor accused oil companies of being irresponsible and knowing their product is killing people
It has been over a year since the “No DAPL” movement was forced out of Standing Rock in North Dakota, but even now the movement’s impact can still be seen as an unprecedented negative view of “Big Oil” companies has been given life.
Former movie star, California governor and global environmental activist Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking the lead in the fight against big oil after he announcing his plan to take big oil companies to court for “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”
Schwarzenegger announced his plan on POLITICO’s Off Message podcast from the internationally recognized SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. While some may think his plan sounds crazy, it actually makes sense. Schwarzenegger plans on taking oil companies to court under the same premise of when “Big Tobacco” was taken to court for knowingly marketing and selling products that were killing consumers.
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. 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.
During the interview, Schwarzenegger revealed he has been in talks with private law firms and is preparing to make a public push to back the cause. Schwarzenegger did not have an exact time that he is planning on filing, but in May the former governor is hosting a major environmental conference in Vienna.
Even if court proceedings do not go as Schwarzenegger hopes, he believes at the very least it would be a beneficial way to bring awareness to the known problems with fossil fuels that many still believe do not exist. “If you walk into a room and you know you’re going to kill someone, it’s first-degree murder; I think it’s the same thing with the oil companies,” Schwarzenegger said.
Schwarzenegger is accusing oil companies of being irresponsible with their product stating, “It’s absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco.”
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.