Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking oil companies to court. The former governor of California is speaking with several private law firms about suing oil companies for “knowingly killing people all over the world.”
He said the issue is similar to when tobacco companies tried to hide and deny that smoking harms people. He claimed that oil companies should have to disclose that fossil fuels are harmful to the environment and people’s health, stating, “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 also mentioned. “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."
At the very least, Schwarzenegger hopes to bring awareness to alternative fuels and clean cars. The former actor is an active advocate for the environment he has criticized the current administration for environmental policy shortcomings, such as withdrawing from the Paris Accord. He says he’s figuring out a timeline for filing against big oil companies.