Schwarzenegger To Sue Big Oil For "First Degree Murder"

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in News & Politics


Schwarzenegger's next mission will be taking oil companies to court 'for knowingly killing people all over the world.' This is pretty good news, but doesn't he drive around in a Hummer?

An excerpt from Politico:

The former California governor and global environmental activist announced the move Sunday at a live recording of POLITICO’s Off Message podcast here at the SXSW festival, revealing that he’s in talks with several private law firms and preparing a public push around the effort.

“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. Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that,” Schwarzenegger said. “The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for people’s lives, that it would kill.”

Schwarzenegger said he’s still working on a timeline for filing, but the news comes as he prepares to help host a major environmental conference in May in Vienna.

“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,” he said. “Every gas station on it, every car should have a warning label on it, every product that has fossil fuels should have a warning label on it.”
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Male 227
i say gas should be a fucking dollar a gallon 
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Male 276
"Free" Energy exists. The real issue is control. The "powers that be" will not entertain the idea that their cattle (us) will get to leave the farm and pursue our own ends and means. "Culture" as it exists now is purely revolved around conspicuous consumption, which is fueled by oil (pun slightly intended). So people go to work to afford the gas to get to work, and eat the food brought by gas to fuel themselves enough to make it back to the gas station and go to work to do that forever until you die. BUT if zero point energy was accepted, suddenly that cycle breaks down and 75% of the reason people go to work in the first place is gone. 
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Male 5,115
Yeah, warning labels.
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Male 17,666
Presumably, he means the retail companies. But he should also include the upstream companies and the prospectors and the ancillary services companies ... and the consumers who knew about global warning and kept on filling their cars... and coal miners ... and politicians and pro-energy lobbyists
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Male 44,429
Yes, oil companies knew about the pollution they create. .... So did the governments and for that matter so did all of us.  Hard to blame just one part of the problem.
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Male 943
Gerry1of1 Which part of the problem raked in huge profits every year and lobbied against a "far reaching" EPA. When data conclusively comes out showing the companies are at fault, now it's everyone knew and ultimately the taxpayers pay the tab. You're not wrong though we vote our politicians in, so we get what we deserve.

It's like when the tobacco companies told us cigarettes didn't cause cancer, or the lead industry, or how the narrative keeps being pushed that there is no consensus on climate change. Let's keep relying on companies to objectively tell us their products have major health and environmental risks.
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Male 9,901
mischeif954 So, the only drug dealers are at fault, not drug users.

I guess this is why idiots blame gun manufactures rather than the evil person pulling the trigger. 

I'm pretty sure 'Ahnald' has a oil/gas footprint many hundreds of times larger than the average person. Do I get to sue his ass?
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Male 943
megrendel Was he mentally ill or a bad guy with a gun/ evil person?

You can sue for about anything don't know if you'll win, good luck though.
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Male 9,901
mischeif954 You can sue for about anything

As demonstrated by Ahnald.
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Male 44,429
mischeif954 " Which part of the problem raked in huge profits every year "
So if you make a profit you're evil, but the rest of us are good even if we knew also
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Male 943
Gerry1of1 megrendel, I'm not sure where either of you picked up evil, my exact point is that it is unrealistic for a company to objectively deem how much use of their product is unsafe, they have an incentive to sell as much of their product as possible, that's not evil it's business. What's evil is our government not properly setting and enforcing what that amount is, because that business is lining their pockets. Yet the institutions that should be doing such work are constantly attacked for being overly regulatory, yet here we stand saying they knew and never did anything.

"So, the only drug dealers are at fault, not drug users."

Yes(in some cases)... Oxycodone is a prime example, it was advertised and pushed to patients as "abuse resistant."
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Male 48
Good luck, though it's doomed to have little to no effect. How do you force responsibility onto someone/something that has a stranglehold on the world?
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Male 2,603
He would be better to push the use of mass transit. If you push the oil company you may help push the cost of gas to over $5 or $6 a gallon like in Europe, and that would be great. Who do you think will pay the legal  fees.
  And lets not get in to the proving or disproving of man made global warming. That being his basses for the suit.
 
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Female 1,692
Anything to lessen our dependence on oil can't be that bad of a thing. I hope there are no ulterior motives though. 
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Male 227
i think he is taking it a bit far, but i do think there should be a whole hell of a lot more regulation on oil companies. 

the way oil companies gather together to collude against consumers to make more money needs to be dealt with. it seems these companies are involved in shitty dealings at every turn.

so if an industry is going to be underhanded in its approach to everything all the time, they should get to live in a perpetual state of regulatory nightmare. 

it pisses me off that i am forced to subsidize their shit behavior


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Male 2
jarred Give an example please, are you talking about OPEC?
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Male 227
ever wonder why oil companies hold the record for highest profit margins of all time. look at the history of the mobil corp. 
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Male 227
seymour there are many many places in that industry that collude. from extraction phase, to refinery phase, even to the damn gas stations.

they all work together at all levels to twart normal market forces of supply and demand to unfairly gouge customers. 

then to top it all off we the consumer get to subsidize their industry to the point that there is NO risk in their business model other than the occasional ocean spill, or pipe breakage
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Male 9,349
Gotta Applaud the man, this is a Conservative I can get behind.  If only he could run as President.  Pragmatic leadership, Don't always agree with him, but he's pragmatic.
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these companies need to get to the choppa
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