Mar 12, 2018 - Energy & Environment

Schwarzenegger to sue Big Oil for "knowingly killing people"

Arnold Schwarzenegger sitting down in a while chair with a serious expression

Arnold Schwarzenegger at SXSW. Photo: Hubert Vestil / Getty

Arnold Schwarzenegger told Politico at South by Southwest on Sunday that he is going to sue oil companies “for knowingly killing people all over the world," comparing oil companies to the tobacco industry that knew smoking could kill people, but for years denied what they knew.

Key quote: He said that since 1959 oil companies knew fossil fuels caused global warming, "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; I think it’s the same thing with the oil companies.”

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