Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron have created this video weighing in against Prop 23, the initiative that would rollback California’s climate change law. It’s their first teaming since “True Lies,” but the references are to “The Terminator.” Also weighing in against it are Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Redford.
The climate law, AB 32, is a central part of Schwarzengger’s legacy, and he has said that he sees California leading the way for other states, and Washington lawmakers, to follow. In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Schwarzenegger called members of Congress “wimps” for failing to take on oil companies and pass comprehensive climate legislation.
He said, per the Los Angeles Times, “We need to go to Washington and say, ‘Look what happened. You, because oil companies have spent money against you, they have threatened you, you backed off the energy policy and the environmental policy in Washington,’ ” Schwarzenegger said. “What wimps. No guts. I mean, here, you idolize and always celebrate the great warriors, our soldiers, our men and women who go to Iraq and Afghanistan, and they’re risking their lives to defend this country and you’re not even willing to stand up against the oil companies. I said, ‘That’s disgusting.’ You promised the people you’d represent them. You didn’t promise the people you’d represent the oil companies and the special interests.”