Former California "Governator" and action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is far from your typical environmental activist. Sure, he championed California's carbon-reducing Assembly Bill 32 and supported alternative fuel vehicles, especially hydrogen-powered one, but we don't know of any other high-profile "eco-activist" so proud of his fleet of Hummers.

"We should let people know they can be part of the solution by changing the technology in that car."

Schwarzenegger recently explained why he owns Hummers after attending a meeting with the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The key point is that his Humvees are no longer the gas-guzzling type. "They are hydrogen engines and bio-fuel engines and one is being changed into an electrical engine," Schwarzenegger told The Daily Telegraph while visiting Brussels to promote an environmental project led by global mayors and regional leaders. While most environmentalists stress conservation and downsizing consumption, Schwarzenegger says you can have it both ways. Don't try to make people feel guilty about driving big, fast, powerful cars, he said. "But we should let them know they can be part of the solution by changing the technology in that car," he said.

Basically, Schwarzenegger's message was that consumption and green living can go hand-in-hand. Owning a Jacuzzi doesn't have to be lavish and wasteful – just heat it with solar panels, he said, and if you really want to get a flat-screen TV, buy one that's more energy efficient. Overall, Schwarzenegger wants to give the environmental movement more lifestyle options. It's not required to be puritanical or austere – he wants to see it become "more hip, more modern and more sexy."


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      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      A commendable way to promote efficient products. "GET TO DA HUM-MER!!!"
      whstokey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Which comes first the chicken or the egg. As more folks engage in purchasing green the cost will become more competitive so we should thank those who start the conversion and understand that is a better alternative than having the government use tax payer dollars to create incentives that wouldn't be supported without the incentive. The market place works but it does take a nudge or two to start the process. I am always pleased to see solid data to support the good or bad opportunities and then we can all make up our own minds from there.
      prsam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really????? Do you have any idea (1) where you can have your car converted to Hydrogen; (2) where you can by hydrogen fuel and/or how much it costs; (3) how much it costs to convert..... the same holds true with Electric vehicles. You see... when you have FU money and/or OPM (other people's money......) such as politicians do, it's really easy to be so self righteous.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prsam
        arnold was already rich
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      "I don't always care for the planet, and seek to live a life in accordance with nature.... but when i do, i send a 3 ton brick shaped object down the road at 70mph, guzzling a slightly different fuel than most people use"
      Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry Arnold. A pig with lipstick is still a pig.
      ectullis
      • 2 Years Ago
      In any event Hussein et al must go.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought 5 hummers military surplus at auction as a lot 3 are 1988's 1 is a 1990 an the other is a 1991 also I've come across some old jeep p/u's late 70's early 80's the last of the jeep truck's an by ordering sheet metal collision parts for the dodge 3500 ext cabs I ended up doing alot of sheet metal work reckon if you want something nobody builds built it yourself the 2 i've built so far are eye catchers took me a year to completely build the 2 i'm operating they pull a merhow 3 horse living quarter horse trailer at 25 feet long an a 26 foot yellow stone with slide out travel trailer both are gooseneck trailers if you want something hard enough an bad enough you'll fine a way to get it but do it legally envy can be a powerful motivation
      RC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I despise people driving Hummers and that humongous Nisan / Infinity truck. Sometimes I truly feel like punching them in the face, idiots.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RC
        Take your pills... So...people do something you disapprove of and you get violent. Typical. Close minded, violent...typical.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I assume Arnie must have a Model S these days. He is a green car fan. He got a Tesla Roadster but got rid of it because he is too big of a guy for that small car. But the Tesla Model S should work for him.
        Allch Chcar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        It must be tough when the only vehicle you fit into to is a Hummer.
      ringerang8
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why don't all companies make hydrogen engins ?
        ycplum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ringerang8
        Because companies will not make and sell hydrogen powered vehicles if people will not buy them. And of course, people will not buy them if they can not easily refuel their hydrogen powered cars.
        Glimmerman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ringerang8
        because they say it's too expensive!!! it's all about greed
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is 'hummers' an Americanism for underpants? If so, the unfortunate time Schwarzenegger has had with his housekeepers could explain why they have been allowed to turn green. At any rate, that is the only green thing I can imagine about a Hummer.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        No not underpants. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hummer
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is no way to talk about his house-keepers! ;-)
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I had to re-read the headline after seeing you comment... Smiling now...
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