July 15th, 2009
10:52 AM ET
5 years ago

Kerry: Palin should check out 'the view from her front porch'

Sen. Kerry is defending the president's cap-and-trade energy plan against criticism by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Sen. Kerry is defending the president's cap-and-trade energy plan against criticism by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Call it Kerry vs. Palin, Round 2.

Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry, a longtime Obama ally, and Alaska's Republican Gov. Sarah Palin are sparring again, this time over climate change and energy policy.

Kerry has taken to liberal Web site The Huffington Post to respond to an op-ed by Palin published Tuesday in the Washington Post.

In her op-ed, Palin slams President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, saying she believes the plan is "an enormous threat to our economy."

In his response, Kerry takes a dig at Palin in an apparent reference to Tina Fey's "I can see Russia from my house" take-off on Palin.

"The global climate change crisis threatens our economy and our national security in profound ways," writes Kerry.

"Governor Palin need no look further than the view from her front porch in Alaska to see how destructive this crisis can be," says Kerry, pointing to a two-year-old New York Times report about a small Alaskan village facing destruction because of melting permafrost.

Kerry also takes issue with Palin's focus on the likely economic consequences of Obama's plan. "Reading Gov. Palin's op-ed too often it sounds like the only threats America faces are solely economic. But that's not what our intelligence experts and military leaders tell us," writes Kerry.

Kerry also says Palin is "wrong" about the job creation projected to occur under Obama's plan and about the fact that the plan will yield "new, clean energy sources."

The two pols sparred nearly three weeks ago when Kerry reportedly joked that it was Palin – rather than South Carolina's Republican Gov. Mark Sanford – who should have gone missing. In her counter-attack, Palin took a swing at the senator's face: "... [T]he way he said it, he looked quite frustrated, and he looked so sad, and I just wanted to reach out to the TV and say, 'John Kerry, why the long face?'" she joked.


Filed under: Energy • John Kerry • Sarah Palin
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. kdiriss

    After reading some of these posts I know have a better understanding of how that clown Bush got appointed/elected. There is an amazing amount of ignorance and hypocrisy on the Right, it's no wonder the Republican party is dying a slow death.

    Cap&Trade – the US already has a successful cap/trade program that was implemented in the mid '90s to curb emissions of sulphur dioxide. As usual the folks on the right spout opinion as fact and as usual they are WRONG. The cap/trade program has been a tremendous success; actual program cost was approximately 30% – 35% of the original estimates, rate payers/energy producers saw costs go down, and we achieved the emission compliance 3 years ahead of plan. Please those of you on the right do a little research and use facts to support your position – no matter how ridiculous it may be.

    Climate Change is real, for you naysayers on the Right please visit a library or read a newspaper; anything to get your facts straight. It's astounding in this day and age that there are folks who actually believe that environment is a-ok. By the way – unusually cool overnight temps in July does not support the conclusion that climate change is not real; it's quite the opposite.

    Palin = stupid, enough said.

    July 15, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. AUSTIN,TX

    Edgar, you must of had a sleeping pill to even think Palin is knowledgeable about any issues. The Dems loves for Palin to be out there making dumb statements. Thats a sure win in 2012

    July 15, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. YOU QUIT, GO AWAY PALIN

    Go fishing, hunting, or what ever pleases you but please just go AWAY SARAH pick up your paycheck from your book deal and go just go with your 1st DUDE and go far far away

    July 15, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Marcus, Great Lakes Illinois

    Mike and TCM,

    Kerry WAS in the military as well as thousands of us were.
    And you??
    It was bad enough coming home to what was endured but, now?? Come on... we all have had enough veteran bashing to last a life time, why must you perpetuate it?

    "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another"

    July 15, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. skyhawkdriver

    Global warming will go down as the biggest hoax in history..climate change??..I sincerely hope so..how many of you know the difference between true and nagnetic north??..or that they are two totally different locations??..ever look at a navigational chart..know what magnetic variation means??..it means magnetic north moves..in other words the earth moves about on it's axis..not a lot but it does move..try studying basic weather folks..you are helping to make an idiot like al gore in to a multi millionaire..and john kerry??..I can't wait to help raise money for your next opponent..an absolute zero..living off the money made by john heinz..and what about the carbon footprint from teresas' g5 going to nantucket by herself??

    July 15, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. David

    Problem is, history repeats, there are facts that the whole global warming issue is indeed a farce. There are way too many scientists that show plenty of evidence against it. And then all the government sponsered ones who support it (for their grant money, of course).

    July 15, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. history repeats

    scott from tuscon

    "First off this is nothing more than another money grabbing scheme by the democrats using global warming as an excuse to steal us blind."

    wait a minute are you saying the democrats are trying to STEAL US?!?!! like POD PEOPLE!?!? RUN RUN they are going to take us out of our beds while we sleep!! RUN FORREST RUUUUUUUUUN!!!!

    July 15, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Deb in Colo

    @ Farva Falana

    You're obviously living in a cave – that's why the temperature hasn't changed. It's always 65 in a cave.

    July 15, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    @ Dale, who said "Check the Southern himisphere…… You will find the ice is expanding faster than loss in the northern hemisphere. They don't tell you that. "

    Blatantly untrue. Both polar ice caps are shrinking (note: there's a difference between the polar ice caps shrinking and the presence of more sea ice...sea ice is actually evidence of the polar ice caps degrading). That being said, there are a few glaciers that have been reported to show growth, even in CA, but that is primariy attributed to, yep, you guessed it, climate change in those regions and they are outliers overall. People citing the presence of more sea ice or growth of one glacier in Norway, for example, while ignoring the overall shrinkage present for most of the glaciers in that region, are just trying to trick you.

    Moreover, the planet's core is not determinative of weather events on the surface...whoever told you that, or implied it to get you to disbelieve the measurable, empirical, scientifically gathered evidence of the increasing rapidity of climate change, is a retard. Thanks for playing.

    July 15, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Why the long face?

    "History repeats"?

    Actually genius, she has run a city as she was Mayor of Wasilla and she was elected Governor and balanced a few budgets along the way.

    Your coward of a Senator talks a good game, but runs around in jets and is good at spending money, as long as it is mine.

    Sorry, I didn't vote for Bush eithe as the third part candidate were better than the other two fools, and as I said I am no fan of Palin, but facts are tricky things, even to a "liberal genius" like you.

    July 15, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. citizenjane

    I don't need scientific proof of global warming. . .it's there to smell each and every day.

    Gosh, no matter where in America one lives, one only has to step outside their door and take a big whiff. . . phew. . .the air reeks.

    July 15, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Chris

    Learn how to spell palin if your gonna attack her and she knows more about energy policy than John Kerry ever will.

    July 15, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Aunt Bea and Opie

    @Dale,were with you Dale,we just dislike the republicans more at the moment.They dont realize the globalists control both parties and are taking turns grinding the people into the soil.

    July 15, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. history repeats

    scott, tuscon

    "China, India and just about every other country push ahead with their industries and out produce us."

    ok so the fact that everything you own is made in china never made you angry but the precautions we have to take for global warming has made you fed up!!! lol you republicans are clowns you know that?! REAL CLOWNS!

    July 15, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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