The case for this is that the oil industry was a major contributor to climate change, and primarily human-caused climate change is already causing major problems. One of those problems already being caused is the severity of extreme weather increasing — the NOAA reports a record $306 billion in damages over 2017 from natural disasters. This is an amount equal to about $2900 per family in the U.S., and the costs (including human lives) will be far worse in the future unless climate change is seriously addressed.
There is also a large corporate propaganda effort that promotes irrational climate change denial. This is striking when it’s considered that even Exxon Mobil admits on its website that climate change is real and is from the same greenhouse gas emissions that has been Exxon’s business. Even the Pentagon admits that climate change is real, referring to it openly as a national security threat, which it is, and it may be the most significant long-term national security threat.
And on the article, Schwarzenegger may have been a terrible governor of California in many ways, but credit should be given where it’s justifiably due. The potential environmental catastrophe needs much more awareness than it currently has.
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t one to shy away from a challenge, and this time he’s given himself a particularly intimidating task.
During a live recording of Politico’s Off Message podcast, the former California governor and global environmental activist said he is gearing up to sue the oil industry for “knowingly killing people all over the world.”
Like many other environmental advocates, Schwarzenegger sees a direct parallel between what happened with the tobacco industry and what is now happening with the oil industry.
“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,” Schwarzenegger said.
Schwarzenegger added that “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 oil companies.”
Proving in the court of law that these oil companies willfully and malignantly killed innocent people will be quite difficult, and Schwarzenegger understands that he’s up against a very rich and powerful adversary.