Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced he will be working to bring forth lawsuits for “first-degree murder” against the big oil companies, accusing them of “knowingly killing people all over the world,” but a leading policy expert says this sort of legal action is nothing short of a “shakedown.”
Schwarzenegger revealed his intentions at the annual SXSW festival in Texas during an interview with Politico’s “Off Message” podcast.
“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 [they] 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.
“The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there