The Governator: DC Politicians “Wimps” for Not Acting on Climate

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on World News with Diane Sawyer Wednesday night, talking about the ballot initiative that could thwart his state’s landmark climate law. He also had some pointed words for the politicians in Washington who have shown “no guts” when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions at the federal level. I wish he’d just come out and called them “girly men,” but he was pretty direct:

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.”

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.

Here’s the video:

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