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Ex-CA Gov. Schwarzenegger wants to sue Big Oil for First Degree Murder. States should join him.

Via Electrek |

In a live podcast recorded on stage at SXSW, California’s former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told Politico that he is in talks with several private law firms to sue the oil industry for what he calls “first degree murder.”

Schwarzenegger alleges that because the oil industry has known since 1959 about the climate and health damage their products cause, they should be held liable for that damage. “I don’t think there’s any difference,” says Schwarzenegger, “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.”

He likens this proposed lawsuit to what happened with the tobacco industry.  “The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades, that smoking would harm people, would kill people, would create cancer, and they were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. Then eventually they were taken to court and they had to pay hundreds of billions of dollars because of that.”

This is essentially the same thing as what oil has been doing for the last half century.  They did it once with leaded gasoline, which was tremendously harmful and yet they successfully argued otherwise for decades when there was…




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