Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning to sue big oil companies for “first-degree murder.” Former California governor is taking oil companies to court “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”
The announcement was made Sunday at POLITICO’s Off Message podcast. The global environmental activist revealing that he’s in talks with few law firms for the job. He also preparing a public campaign to support the effort.
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Schwarzenegger said: “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.” He added.
“We’re going to go after them, and we’re going to be in there like an Alabama tick. Because to me 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.”