Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California and self-styled climate change campaigner, says people should be free to drive large SUVs without worrying about the environmental impact.
The 65-year-old Terminator actor was in Brussels to give a speech on climate change to dozens of mayors from across the EU.
The movie star told reporters in Brussels that he had given his fleet of Hummers a green twist.
“We should not make people feel guilty about driving big cars, driving fast cars or driving powerful cars. But we should let them know that they can be part of the solution by changing technology in that car,” he said.
“Like for instance my Hummers are not anymore at gas, gasoline engines, they are now hydrogen engines and biofuel engines.”
“If you want to take your jacuzzi, take your jacuzzi all day long but use solar panels. If you want a flat-screen TV, watch a better model that is energy efficient.”
The Austrian-born former bodybuilder also said green issues need to be “more hip, more modern and more sexy’‘ to remain relevant to people.
Schwarzenegger stepped down as the governor of California in January 2011, having taken office in October 2003.
After ending his political career, he founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action group which aims to create a “low carbon economy.”
During his tenure at the helm of the ‘Golden State, he signed the United States’ first-ever greenhouse gas emissions cap into law.