Schwarzenegger Will Sue Oil Companies For 'First Degree Murder'

Schwarzenegger plans to sue big oil for 'first-degree murder'

Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to sue oil companies for 'killing people'

Terminator star and former California Gov.

Schwarzenegger said he believes the oil industry has knowingly deteriorated the environment, which has resulted in adverse health effects for people - and he believes they should be held accountable for it.

"This is no different from the smoking issue", the 70-year-old star said. Schwarzenegger made the announcement on March 11 during a live recording of POLITICO's Off Message podcast, revealing he was now in talks with several private law firms to aid with the lawsuit.

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"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", he said. "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.

The 1988 original was directed by Ivan Reitman and featured Schwarzenegger and DeVito as unlikely twins separated at birth, with DeVito's character becoming the more streetwise one and Schwarzenegger playing the naive, socially inexperienced brother. "I think it's the same thing with oil companies".

"We need to go an alternative route", he said.

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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".

Schwarzenegger also took several shots at President Donald Trump, including a joke about the plot of his next Terminator movie, which begins production in Europe in June. "Every gas station should have a warning label on it, every auto should have a warning label, every product that has fossil fuels in it should have a warning label on it", he said. The state of NY, multiple cities including San Francisco and California counties are suing ExxonMobil and others, alleging they have known about - and tried to obscure - the damaging effects of climate change from burning the fossil fuels the industry brings to market.

Schwarzenegger said tobacco companies have produced a risky product for years and ultimately had to pay large sums of money as punishment.

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