Arnold Schwarzenegger Rips Trump's Decision to Abandon Paris Climate Accord In Scathing Video Response
Arnold Schwarzenegger has consistently urged climate deniers — including President Donald Trump — to invest in clean energy. So naturally the Terminator star, ardent environmentalist and former Apprentice host was thoroughly disgusted with Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.
"We can’t sit back and just do nothing when people are getting sick and dying, especially when you know there’s another way,” Schwarzenegger said in a video response. “So please, Mr. President, choose the future.”
The Paris Agreement has been signed by 195 countries, and by pulling out of it, the U.S. stands with just two: Nicaragua (which felt the Agreement wasn't strong enough) and Syria.
The former California governor also vowed that legislators nationwide will continue to combat climate change and its devastating effects, despite America's absence on the world stage.
“You see, the people will rise up," he said. “Other leaders from local governments will rise up and fill the void that you are creating.”
Just one hour after Trump announced his decision, the group Climate Mayors, which represents 40 million Americans thus far, announced that 83 mayors across the U.S. plan to uphold the Agreement.
“Like all of the great moments in human history, our clean future starts with a grassroots movement in our communities, our cities and our states,” Schwarzenegger concluded. “70 percent of our dirty emissions can be controlled at the state and local level.”