'Environmental Crusader' Arnold Schwarzenegger Warns: 'Fossil Fuels Will Kill Us'—after Arriving in a Suburban SUV

WASHINGTON – Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) warned young people that “fossil fuels will kill us” if the U.S. doesn’t switch to renewable energy. The Terminator actor said millions of people die each year because of pollution.

“So, therefore, it’s very important for you to get involved to fight and to get rid of fossil fuels because fossil fuels will kill us and fossil fuels will create global climate change. Now I’ve studied this issue very well. It’s another issue I didn’t know much about when I became governor but then when I listened to the studies and to the scientists I became 100 percent supportive of it,” Schwarzenegger said during a discussion on gerrymandering at the National Press Club on Tuesday with former Attorney General Eric Holder.

“And that’s why I’m a crusader, an environmental crusader around the world to make sure we stop this madness of using fossil fuels and that we switch to renewables or electric or hydrogen cars and new technology but this government doesn’t do anything about it," said Schwarzenegger, who arrived at the event in a Chevrolet Suburban SUV. "You don’t see them talking about it. You don’t see them going out and handing out research and development money to the car manufacturers to say in 10 years from now we’ll have more electric cars,” he added.

Schwarzenegger urged young people to help the U.S. stay number one by calling on politicians to address climate change as well as the growing deficit and national debt.

“Today it [the debt] is around $360 to $400 million per household that they owe so you guys are going to pay it off, that is the interesting thing about it, so this is why young kids should get involved in politics especially in fair representation and in redistricting reform pretty heavily because you want Congress to make decisions that give you a rosy future,” said Schwarzenegger.

“America basically gives you, anyway, a great future because it’s the greatest country in the world and I can tell you that because I travel all over the world and I have no one come up to me and say, ‘Arnold can you help me get to China or can you help me, I want to go live in the Middle East or can you help me to live in Africa or can you help me to live in Australia?’ No, it’s all about, ‘can you help me get to America?’ That’s where everyone wants to go is America,” he added.

Schwarzenegger continued, “With all of our ills, we’re still the number one country in the world but we need to keep it the number one country in the world.”