Arnold Schwarzenegger said in an interview that the Green New Deal being pushed by Democratic socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernard Sanders is a gimmick that he considers “bogus.”
Mr. Schwarzenegger, the action-movie icon and former Republican governor of California who is vocal about the dangers of climate change, said he doesn’t think the Green New Deal, which would transition the country completely off fossil fuels within 10 years and cost tens of trillions of dollars, is a serious proposal.
“A slogan,” he said of the proposal in aninterviewwith The Atlantic published Friday. “Kind of a marketing tool. Something that is very well-intentioned, but, I think, bogus. Because that’s what they always do — they call things different names and different people talk about it. But to me, the only thing that really matters is: How do we move forward with our goals? And this means that we stop increasing the amount of greenhouse gases and pollution that we put out there.”
Mr. Schwarzenegger said the rest of the country should follow California’s example in reducing carbon emissions.
“We in California have shown that it can be done, and we have shown how to do it,” he said. “And therefore, if the nation really wants to be serious in reducing greenhouse gases by 25 percent like we did, all they have to do is copy us.”