Arnold Schwarzenegger has long been a supporter of using clean energy, one of the means by which climate change can be addressed. While it's always a good thing to have people on your side, however, the actor doesn't really care which one you're on because to him, whether you believe climate change is real or not, there are things that everyone can agree on.
Schwarzenegger took to Facebook, posting a note discussing three questions. At the beginning of the note, he said that people have been asking him questions whenever he'd post anything related to the climate but now he has questions of his own.
First, he asked if anyone believes that it is acceptable for 7 million people to die each year because of pollution, a figure that exceeds deaths due to car accidents, suicides and murders. That's 19,000 people dying because of the pollution that burning fossil fuels brings.
"Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?" asked Schwarzenegger.
He follows this up with another question: do you believe oil and coal are the fuels of the future?
Everyone, whether or not they believe in climate change, is in agreement that fossil fuels are not infinite and will eventually run out. And that's on top of being dangerous to the health!
There's no plan in place for when fossil fuels run out and Schwarzenegger said that he'd personally want one, pointing out that he doesn't want to be the last one prepared and that every plan should look towards a future with clean energy.
According to him, California gets 40 percent of its power from renewable energy and this makes the state 40 percent more energy efficient compared to the rest of the United States. Renewable energy has also been good for California's economy, allowing the state to grow faster than the country's economy to lead in tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, entertainment and biotech.
Schwarzenegger's third question is addressed mostly to those who don't believe pollution is a problem. There are two doors, each leading to a room. One has a gasoline-fueled car and the other an electric model. Both engines on full blast and the door will be shut for one hour once you enter.
Which door will you enter?
It makes sense to choose the one leading to the room with an electric car because the other option would certainly kill you.
Unfortunately, this is the choice that many in the world are making right now, said Schwarzenegger.