Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Global warming just isn’t scary enough.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Why Trump is ‘wrong’ on climate change
By Rob Hodgetts and Christina Macfarlane, CNN
Updated 1946 GMT (0346 HKT) January 26, 2019
Kitzbuhel, Austria (CNN)”The Terminator” Arnold Schwarzenegger says US President Donald Trump is making a “big mistake” on environmental policy.
Making his annual pilgrimage to the famous ski races in Kitzbuhel, the Austrian muscleman, movie star and former governor of California was in the grandstand to watch the second leg of Saturday’s slalom race.
Schwarzenegger grew up in the Tirol and is a long-time ski enthusiast.
“It’s not just global climate change, it’s about the pollution that it creates that kills so many people worldwide,” he added.
“Seven million people die every year — this is inexcusable. We have to fight, we have to do something about it, and the only way we can win is by doing it together.”
Schwarzenegger said one of the major problems in the fight is that climate change and global pollution have “no borders.
“It doesn’t matter if you come from a naturally clean country like Austria or Brazil, we all have to work together to fight this problem of this unbelievable pollution that eventually going to kill everyone,” he added.
“The world leaders need to take it seriously and put a time clock on it and say, ‘OK, within the next five years we want to accomplish a certain kind of a goal,’ rather than push it off until 2035.”
As an asthmatic I’m no fan of pollution. But I’m also not a fan of people going hungry, or kids missing out on visiting grandma in the countryside because their family can’t afford to put carbon taxed gasoline in their automobile. And frankly I’m not going to take climate austerity advice from someone who jets about the world and likes to drive a Humvee, even if he is one of my favourite action movie stars.