Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his intention to sue American oil companies for “first degree murder” over their role behind “global warming;” claiming the energy producers “knew” of the deadly threats posed by fossil fuels since the 1950s.
The actor-turned-politician revealed the impending lawsuit while speaking with Politico at the annual South-by-Southwest festival in Texas; equating the issue with the tobacco industry and cigarette manufacturers nearly one hundred years ago.
“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 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,” he added.
“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,” said the action star.
Listen to the full interview here.