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Schwarzenegger Accuses Big Oil Of 1st Degree Murder

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has accused Big Oil of first-degree murder and plans to sue the supermajors, he said during a Politico podcast at the SWSW festival.

“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,” Schwarzenegger said, adding gas stations should have warning signs that oil kills.

At the very least, he said, these warnings would serve to raise awareness of the harmful effects of the oil industry on people and the environment. As for the first-degree-murder accusation, the former governor had this to say: “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.”

With his litigation plans, Schwarzenegger joins a growing group of people and organizations that seem bent on ruining the giant that is Big Oil.

Last September, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland filed lawsuits against Chevron, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, BP, and Shell for the effect of their activities on climate change: higher sea levels. The cities seek billions in damages to counteract the effects of the changing climate. Related: The OPEC Deal Could Fall Apart In June

Reuters quoted San Francisco officials as saying that the five oil companies “knowingly and recklessly created an ongoing public nuisance that is causing harm now and in the future risks catastrophic harm to human life and property.”

Then this January, New York City’s mayor Bill de Blasio threatened Big Oil with more lawsuits, comparing the industry to the tobacco giants, saying they “systematically poisoned the Earth, knew about it, covered it up, explained it away, tried to hook people more and more on their product.”

De Blasio urged local authorities in cities and municipalities to use their “litigation powers” to make Big Oil pay billions for the damages that the industry has done to the planet and “get the resources back.” This is increasingly looking like the start of a lawsuit wave against Big Oil, but the latter is not sitting on its hands, either.

Exxon recently responded to the California lawsuits in-kind, accusing the plaintiffs of deliberately withholding certain information with regard to Big Oil’s effect on the environment from their bond offerings, while highlighting the same information in their lawsuits against the supermajors.

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  • Louis Spring on March 12 2018 said:
    He drives a Hummer, he has heating and air conditioning in his house, has electricity... if oil companies are bad, maybe he should do without these items...
  • Jr on March 12 2018 said:
    The lawyers thank you
  • Tom on March 12 2018 said:
    If big oil really cares about our environment and us, they could show it by taking carcinogens out of our gasoline like Benzene, Toluene and Xylene. These harmful Aromatic Hydrocarbons can be replaced with American Ethanol for the octane they supply. So why does big oil prefer to sell carcinogens made from foreign oil rather than clean burning American made Ethanol? Might ask Ted Cruz, he's fighting clean burning, cancer reducing ethanol as hard as he can. And we thought tobacco was bad!
  • Bud on March 12 2018 said:
    Time for another Conan movie! Oh, two other words: India / China
  • david on March 12 2018 said:
    Hollywood is a real place and I have seen it! Guys seriously...
  • Glenn Taylor on March 12 2018 said:
    This from the man who spent most of his life driving the biggest gas guzzling road warriors he could buy.
  • jeff on March 12 2018 said:
    Another Hollywood hypocrite fighting to stay relevant.
  • Mamdouh G Salameh on March 12 2018 said:
    It has become fashionable nowadays for celebrities, political parties and municipalities of big cities to threaten to sue Big Oil. People like Mr Schwarzenegger and cities like San Francisco and Oakland have the luxury to attack big oil when they know full well that the global economy and all the luxurious living they are enjoying was created by Big Oil.

    Big Oil is investing billions of dollars in measures intending to mitigate the damaging effects on climate change and improve the global environment.

    If I was to advise Big Oil, I would suggest that they should have their own lawsuits against every economy in the world claiming a share of the financial benefits that these economies have derived from Big Oil since the discovery of oil in 1965.

    Alternatively, I would advise Big Oil to stop oil production for one whole month to make the world realize much the global economy will suffer and how many people will lose their jobs.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • Dfyke on March 12 2018 said:
    Right Tom. Ethanol gums up carburetors and fuel injectors. It's bad for gaskets and seals. It decreases gas mileage. We need more of that crap in our gas {sarc}. Big oil should slap a HUGE "lawsuit" price increase on every gallon of gas pumped in CA & NY & any other state that joins in on this insanity. Petroleum products are needed and used by EVERYONE. Biting the hand that feeds you is right out of the lefty playbook. Disappointed in Arnold.
  • randy verret on March 12 2018 said:
    A few questions & observations immediately come to mind. What exactly is Big Oil...Saudi Aramco, Gazprom, etc.? I believe Exxon-Mobil ranks 17th after all the state owned oil companies, which will most likely, tell Arnold to "pound sand." Tobacco angle? OK, so when was the last time you drove 400 miles on a tank full of cigarette butts? If we are addicted to oil, then who is going to turn in their auto, cell phone, laptop & myriad of other petroleum based products first? Right, not looking for a stampede to support that position. Update: In case folks are not aware, the "Exxon Knew" campaign which was spearheaded by the New York Attorney general has fallen FLAT. Most likely, a federal judge will throw it out as a complete JOKE. As for the ethanol comment (above), it is not as CLEAN as you think nor does it make any real sense economically as a scalable alternative for oil. Respectfully, I think Arnold should stick to drama & theater...out here where scientific facts & engineering matter in the energy arena, his line of reasoning is just useless NOISE...
  • Chris on March 12 2018 said:
    OMG...!!!Please , Arnold. Too bad, you arrived to this conclusion after driving your Hummer for years. However, the noticeable changes to your brain are aftermath of living in Hollywood not driving this truck. Think about that Arnold, if you still can.
    Hollywood "experts" should give up their toys like, big yachts, big mansions, etc.. before they open their mouth. Laughing stock Arnold....ha, ha...ha..
  • Disgruntled on March 12 2018 said:
    One word: "steroids"
  • Cedric on March 12 2018 said:
    raising sea levels, WHERE? It's nowhere unless you believe the b/s. Pacific NO, Indian ocean NO! NOWHERE!
  • L on March 12 2018 said:
    And the jet he came in on runs on what???...Jet A... made from OIL...
    burning 600 gallons an hour..
  • Shelly on March 12 2018 said:
    What a self-righteous idiot. He just needs some headlines to get his old ass in the spotlight again. I’m sure he’s made money on oil in his financial portfolio. He needs to move out his big ole house, stop running his air/heat & walk everywhere, then he can tell me how bad big bad oil is. Oil is wonderful it’s part of life.
  • Tom on March 12 2018 said:
    Dyfike, last time I checked ethanol was a cristal clear liquid, with absolutely no gum or varnish. The gunk in your carburetor came from the oil component in your fuel.
  • anthony hartnell on March 12 2018 said:
    What a major league hypocrire, as he drives around California in his Hummer......
  • randy verret on March 13 2018 said:
    What is really SAD is we keep pushing peas around on our plate debating NONSENSE like this instead of engaging in a thoughtful discussion about (finally) developing a coherent national energy policy. Instead of playing the "vilification card," how about some HONEST discussion about real "alternatives" and how we are going to transition the rest of this century away from fossil fuels into whatever are the "next Big Things" in energy. Of course that is CRAZY talk, given the seeming lack of informed "adults" who through celebrity or political position continually interject themselves into the energy arena...
  • Citizen Oil on March 13 2018 said:
    Arnold, listen to me now und believe me later.
  • Tim Turley on March 14 2018 said:
    So says the ex-California governor who used to commute weekly from LA to Sacramento in a private jet. Assuming a fuel burn of 250 gal/hr, Arnie would use about 700-800 gallons per weekly commute, which is more than the average US family uses (650gal/yr). So just by that measure, if Arnie commuted to Sac 45x/yr, he would use about the same as 50 families per year. Very ingenuous for him to say the least.
  • Terri on March 15 2018 said:
    Big shot Democrats like Old Lady Clinton rant and rave against oil and gas yet fly around the world in jets and ride in limos daily.
  • the masked avenger on March 16 2018 said:
    Anything that hurts the thieves known as big oil is good for the economy. Big oil is the single biggest destroyer of the economy and the world's ability to control inflation. They need to be regulated to the hilt.
  • Shortdog on March 16 2018 said:
    Oh yea, Arnie living the American dream. When your funds dry up. Sue, Sue, Sue.
  • Tom on March 19 2018 said:
    85% of everything he owns is derived from “Big Oils” efforts. When “whining” consumers of plastic products, Hummers, medicine and a host of products “cry” lawsuit, just makes it easier to fantasize about the beauty of the moment California just slides off into the Pacific Ocean! Sounds like “roid” rage has got him, ever since Maria found out about him bangin’ the maid for years! Find a cause that would better serve mankind like educating “leftists” on the harmful effects of having morons represent their side. Get a new “front-man”, this ones not helping your cause!
  • randy verret on March 19 2018 said:
    Masked Avenger: Judging from your comment, it is clear why you use an "alias"...
  • Raj Manglani on March 23 2018 said:
    Let's assume oil companies put up a notice "oil kills" and Arnold S drives up to fill up. Will he read the sign and drive away? Is Arnold S stupid or what!

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