- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Arnold Schwarzenegger took a page out of his “Terminator” playbook this week while reflecting on the world’s “biggest evil” — fossil fuels.

The actor told attendees at a United Nations climate conference in Poland on Monday that billions of people around the globe would have benefited without the early adoption of coal and other fossil fuels for energy.

“If we would’ve never started in that direction and used other technology, we’d be much better off,” he said, the New York Post reported Tuesday. “The biggest evil is fossil fuels: It’s coal, it’s gasoline, it’s the natural gas,” he told conference delegates.

The actor and former California governor added that President Trump is “meshugge” (Yiddish for “crazy”) for abandoning a 2015 climate change agreement as part of his “America First” campaign vow.

“The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and in many cases lax contributions to our critical military alliance,” Mr. Trump said in May 2017.

The president added that nations mocked the U.S. for agreeing to lopsided deals.

“We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore,” Mr. Trump said from the Rose Garden. “And they won’t be.”

Mr. Schwarzenegger also told Monday’s audience that it would behoove organizers to invite more U.S. businessmen to 2019’s climate conference.

“If you do that, I promise you: I’ll be back,” he said, another reference to his iconic “Terminator” role.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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