In a new YouTube video, Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to “terminate” climate change skeptics. In the video, the former California governor and Hollywood actor has once again threatened global warming skeptics with death, saying he “would like to strap their mouth to the exhaust pipe of a truck, turn on the engine.” Schwarzenegger conflates the threat of carbon monoxide in his message to political leaders who are trying to stop the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide (CO2), not carbon monoxide (CO).

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that swiftly kills human beings exposed to it for a short period as it binds to red blood cells, depriving the body of oxygen.

Carbon dioxide is also an odorless, colorless gas but is not toxic to humans until you reach levels as found on the planet Mars, which has an atmosphere of 97 percent carbon dioxide.

Currently, CO2 is responsible for all life on Earth as it is used by nearly all vegetation and microbes via a complex process. The amount of CO2 as measured by the Mauna Lau observatory stayed at 400 parts per million for the entire year of 2015. That’s roughly 0.04 percent of the atmosphere. That's not a typo: 0.04 percent.

You're terminated

In the video, Schwarzenegger claims that “pollution kills more people than we ever can imagine.” Again, the Terminator is confusing high levels of “CO, NOx, SOx, CFCs, unburned hydrocarbons, the actual toxic components of auto exhaust” with CO2. The ‘governator’ said there are a few politicians who want to shut down the EPA, adding: “I would like to strap their mouth to the exhaust pipe of a truck, turn on the engine” and see how long it takes for them to “tap out.”

Again, carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas and no one is suggesting preventing the EPA from regulating tailpipe emissions.

But it’s not carbon dioxide (CO2). Like other climate crusaders, Schwarzenegger used a private jet for his daily commute when he was governor of California. In 2008, the LA Times called out his hypocrisy for using a private jet to shuttle to Sacramento from his Brentwood mansion. That cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands each year and undermined his image as a so-called climate crusader.

But this isn’t the first time the actor has suggested killing climate skeptics.

In 2013, Schwarzenegger declared he would love to “Strap some conservative-thinking people to a tailpipe for an hour and then they will agree it’s a pollutant!” Scary stuff.

CO is not CO2

Schwarzenegger’s brazen confusion of carbon dioxide with carbon monoxide is ripped from the alarmist’s handbook to confuse the public. And Schwarzenegger is their sock puppet. The alarmists have muddied the actual science so much that Marc Morano, who runs the site Climate Depot, put together a ‘climate truth file’ to rebut this well-used fallacy.

He said that calling CO2 a pollutant is unscientific and misleading.

“The phrase conflates CO2 with noxious chemicals like carbon monoxide and black carbon,” the report noted. It explained how there are more than “ten million variations of carbon compounds” and “some of the more notorious of these compounds are highly poisonous, such as carbon monoxide.” By using a term that doesn’t discriminate between such “drastically different substances” is the “surest way to misinform people.”

Health claims unsupported

Schwarzenegger’s claim that air pollution kills 7 million people each year is another unsupported claim.

That’s according to Professor Ross McKitrick, who says the figure comes from using air pollution levels and the number of deaths that year even though you have no idea how the person died.

But facts won’t stop the anti-science rhetoric coming from people like Schwarzenegger and his ilk who are framing the debate using unsupported statements and inaccurate statistical models. As Tony Heller pointed out on his site Real Climate Science, “The last time a guy with a German accent wanted to kill his political opponents with poisonous gas it didn’t fare very well.”

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