December 15th, 2009
07:21 PM ET
8 months ago

Schwarzenegger slams Palin

 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is questioning the motives of a felllow Republican, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is questioning the motives of a felllow Republican, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

(CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who has backed strict new emissions controls to combat climate change – made a comment Tuesday that's sure to raise some heat, especially in GOP circles.

The Republican governor of California is questioning the motives of a high-profile opponent of the idea: Sarah Palin.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor has questioned whether human activity contributes to climate change, and written op-eds blasting the cap and trade policy promoted by the Obama administration to limit emissions. Last week, she called on President Obama to boycott the Copenhagen conference.

"You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?" Schwarzenegger, in Copenhagen for the international climate change summit, told the Financial Times. "Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the (Republican presidential) nomination? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt."

Palin, dubbed a climate change "denier" by Al Gore, slammed the former vice president for promoting "doomsday scenarios": "Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it," she wrote in a Facebook post last week.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Bill in Albuquerque

    The reality is that Palin did NOT write any op-ed articles, someone wrote them for her.

    December 15, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Ron

    Yes, climate has changed over the life of the earth and will continue on its own... That is, once man has killed the current life on earth. Why would scientists around the world agree this is happening and man is causing it? What could they gain? I could see a problem if politicians claimed it, they could do it for a variety of reasons. Scientists have many different degrees in SCIENCE. Politicians such as Palin have only a BS degree.

    December 15, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. anthony

    As a well educated family physician, I have my doubts about man-made global warming. I have read extensively on both sides of this issue. A healthy debate would be welcome. Why is the chairman of the U.N. council on climate change a economist, and not a climatologist? Just something to ponder.

    Also the attacks on Sara Palin"s intelligence is more of a reflection on the ignorance of those spewing the hatred.

    Finally, Arnold actually claimed that he has addressed the environmental concerns of California without breaking the bank. Has he seen the budget deficit estimates?

    December 15, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. Michael

    First of all Sarah Palin is familiar with 'doomsday scenarios' because she won't shut up about predicting her own in regards to health care reform, and democratic rule in America.

    And, secondly, she comes from a state that tried to put in offshore oil rigs and risk one of the countries largest natural wonders of untouched sea shelf and sea life preserves to do it. Clearly, she only cares about herself and her own agenda – and I think Schwarzenegger got it perfectly correct.

    She'd sell out her own son in law to sell books....oh wait she did that already.

    December 15, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Nico

    He's right. How could Obama boycotting Copenhagen be a positive thing, when looking at it from any angle?

    This woman is the epitome of everything that is wrong with your country.

    Nico from Australia.

    December 15, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. iowa chop

    I live on a railroad line in Iowa and 50 coal trains a day come through here, this is a drop in the bucket for the USA and the world. If you think this and millions of cars and trucks burning fuel is good for the world and makes no difference, YOU ARE A MORON.

    December 15, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. me - the real one

    Lynda/Minnesota – funny how just her facebook posts get "big-wigs" like Al Gore and Arnold all worked up – do you know ANYONE else that has such influence & power? Nope.

    December 15, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. FastEddie626

    Palin? Why is the woman still in the news and making headlines?

    December 15, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Albo58

    Arnold, I'm sorry, don't you have a MASSIVE state deficit to try and manage to solve instead of hanging out in Copenhagan with a bunch of junk scientists and shameless profiteers like Al Gore?

    December 15, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. zack

    ouch... republicans are short-sighted....

    December 15, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Daniel Undhammar

    It is so obvious that Sarah Palin is no ready nore will she EVER be as a true politician/spokeperson.. representing a country, party with dignity, respect... thank god, she never got to be a vice president, that would have been a complete disaster!! Thank god there are people around the world still with an intact "open mind" and hope for our future on this planet...

    Merry Xmas...

    December 15, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Stephen Whiteside

    I am not sure why anyone today insists in maintaining that Climate Change that is occurring now is not man made/induced. In the past climate change that has occurred happened over long periods of time, NOT IN DECADES. Decades to the life cycle of the earth is like a billionth of a second, but to us it can be a generation!

    December 15, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Arnold is just about the only Republican with a functioning brain, Sarah is one big nit-wit with very little knowledge at all. Too bad there is such a mess in CA.

    December 15, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Karen

    Words of wisdom from a guy who wants to change the constitution so a person not born in the USA can become president. No smarter than Palin.

    December 15, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. TC

    Arnold to Sarah: Your credibility is TERMINATED!!!!

    December 15, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. biff

    Palin/Limbaugh 2012, the perfect ticket

    December 15, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. ann

    And what are Schwarzy's motives, do you think? Other than his career? What is a governor doing in Copenhagen anyway, when his state is falling apart with financial crises.

    Republicans are a bunch of greed-driven grandstanders. Arnold is better than that idiot Sarah Palin, but still a Republican. I will never trust them.

    December 15, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Matthew

    I can see climate change from my house!

    December 15, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. gc

    Hmmmm. One Governor sets up a booming economy, roots out corruption, and starts issuing tax refunds FOR EVERY LIVING RESIDENT for $6,00/yr. The other completely destroys an economy, manages a State that can nowhere near sustain itself, and can't even pay its bills- instead issuing IOUs. Keep making child-like insults, losers.

    December 15, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. T.G.

    I don't ever listen to anything Sarah Palin says. She is STUPID!!!!

    December 15, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. ann

    Also, I'd prefer to vote for Michael Palin any day.

    because...

    NOBODY EVER EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!!!!

    December 15, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. flex

    Finally a Republican that makes some sense...! Palin is A LOONEY!

    December 15, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. bob in texas

    here is my take on climate change. The Earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years, we are approaching the peak of the warming period and will start cooling off in a couple of decades or centuries and will prolly have another ice age in 50-100 thousand years.

    have humans affected the climate, of course. with all the junk we've been dumping in the air and water for the last 150 years has to have some affect on the climate.

    are humans the CAUSE of global warming NO. we may have accelerated the process by 50 years or so but 50 years on a 100,000 year cycle is negligible.

    December 15, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. bp

    The plot right now is to convince dumbed-down Americans that their productivity is destroying the planet. A.S. has obviously signed on to the notion of global government running America down to 3rd-world-country status.

    December 15, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. valwayne

    Its really a shame! When Arnold was elected we thought he would stand up the the Girly Men Democrats and get CA back on track. Instead he joined them in driving the richest state in the country right down into a deep pit in the ground. Before I went after the former Governmor of a state that could actually pay its bills, when she was Governor, with real money and not IOUs, I would clearn up my own mess.

    December 15, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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