Schwarzenegger: People Listen to Actors Over Scientists on Global Warming

Schwarzenegger: People Listen to Actors Over Scientists on Global Warming

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says Showtime's “Years of Living Dangerously” uses celebrities to talk about global warming because Americans don't pay as much attention to scientists.

“Only actors really will get the ultimate attention,” the former governor said Thursday. “Scientists will never get the kind of attention that someone in show business gets.”

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The project, with a long list of executive producers that includes Schwarzenegger, Jerry Weintraub and James Cameron, features celebrity correspondents who illustrate consequences of global warming including wildfires, polar ice melting, and food shortages. A Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Calif., took place as a wildfire raged nearby. (Schwarzenegger and Weintraub are pictured.)

Schwarzenegger said the environmental movement, like the Civil Rights and anti-apartheid movements, need simple, clear messages. Among them: Don't wait for the government to do something.

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“If you build a home, make it solar powered,” he said. “Buy energy efficient appliances.”

He also recommended driving low-carbon emission cars and teaching children to turn off lights and use less water.

He said his advice was “not to wait for a Kyoto 2 treaty — because you will be waiting for a very long time.”

As governor, Schwarzenegger signed a 2006 bill creating the nation's first cap on greenhouse gas emissions, among other legislation to help the environment. He promoted alternative-fuel vehicles, converting one of his Hummers to run on hydrogen and another to run on biofuels. In 2011, he founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a nonprofit group supported by the United Nations that seeks to develop sustainable, low carbon economies.

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“Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder, another of the celebrities involved in the series, noted that he was “leveraging social media, the access that a vampire television show gives me,” to bring attention to global warming.

Other stars involved in the project include Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, and Jessica Alba. The other executive producers include “60 Minutes” producer David Gelber and Daniel Abbasi, a former senior adviser in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy.

  • Hipnosis

    Unfortunately he's right about low info voters listening to actors. He's wrong about global warming.

    • tchdab1

      Arnold says we listen to actors, not politicians. Yet he's most recently governor of California and custodian of its worst economic train wreck in decades, so I won't listen to him.

  • Guest

    I have been a fan or Arnold for a long time but the problem is there has been no “global warming” for 15 years.

    • RobertC

      AND it wasn't predicted!

  • ddk68

    Except, Arnold, there has been no global warming for 15 years.

  • stevea526

    “If you build a home, make it solar powered. Buy energy efficient appliances.” Arnold also recommended driving low-carbon emission cars and teaching children to turn off lights and use less water.

    I have no problem with this message. A lot of us skeptics already live such a low carbon footprint lifestyle.

    The problem lies in Hollywood pretending to understand the science behind global warming. True to form, the actors/actresses are just following the script put in front of them and asking what their motivation should be, not whether anything they say is actually valid.

    • RobertC

      Or we are not sure the National Grid is a secure supply.

    • Ted Marcus

      Schwarzenegger's emphasis on consumer-driven environmental solutions is a losing battle. See my comment above.

  • Ted Marcus

    Schwarzenegger's emphasis on consumer-driven environmental solutions is a losing battle. What we need is change at the institutional level for this even to make a dent. Also consumers don't control R&D of new products, so you are stuck with whatever the industry feels like giving you.

  • Talleyrand

    “…founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a nonprofit group supported by the United Nations that seeks to develop sustainable, low carbon economies.”…. Yes, and while founding the NGO, he visited the watch fair at Basel, not by train, I might add. This man should know when to shut up.