Schwarzenegger: ‘Why Should A Dried Up Little Country Like Libya’ ‘Play Havoc' With U.S. Economic Security?

March 1, 2011 - 6:49 PM

(CNSNews.com) -- While making a case for the United States developing alternative forms of energy, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, asked why  “a dried up little country like Libya with a crazy dictator” is able to "play havoc with America's economic security?"

“People may not agree on global climate change but they agree that our national defense should not be compromised by oil,” Schwarzenegger said on Tuesday at the Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.  “Our homeland security should not be compromised by foreign oil. In recent weeks, we have the seen the spiking in oil prices.”

“I mean, it’s crazy, there’s a riot in the Middle East and all of a sudden the oil price goes up and then we hear that Gaddafi’s dead and the oil price drops,” said Schwarzenegger.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

“Then we find out a few hours later that Gaddafi isn’t dead and the oil price goes up again.”

“I mean, why should a dried up little country like Libya with a crazy dictator play havoc with America’s economic security?” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense to me. It makes us vulnerable.”

The Energy Innovation Summit was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.