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Guilt's Out, 'Sexy' Is in for Green Deeds

June 24, 2013
Hummers (photo: Creative Commons)
Hummers (photo: Creative Commons)

B People should not be made to feel "guilty" about driving big cars, spending hours in their jacuzzi or splurging on large televisions, Hollywood star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday.

Instead, they should be encouraged to invest in more environmentally friendly technology for those goods, Schwarzenegger argued during a visit to Brussels.

"My Hummers are not anymore the gas-guzzling engines. They are now hydrogen engines and biofuel engines and one is being changed right now into an electric car," Schwarzenegger told reporters before taking part in a conference on behalf of the R20 Regions of Climate Change non-profit organization, which he helped launch.

"We should not make people feel guilty about driving big cars or driving fast cars or driving powerful cars, but we should let them know that they can be part of the solution by changing the technology in that car," he added.

Similarly, "if you want to take your jacuzzi, take your jacuzzi all day long - but have solar panels," Schwarzenegger said.

"So that's what we are talking about here, not to make people feel guilty, but make people feel part of the solution and make the whole environmental movement more hip, more snappy, more modern and more sexy," he added.

The former bodybuilder - a native Austrian - served as governor of California from 2003 until 2011, championing clean energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

"I've fought this kind of a crusade before, which was the fitness crusade and we were successful with that crusade after four decades," he said in Brussels. "I ... will fight until the end, until we're successful with our environmental crusade."






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