December 15th, 2009
07:21 PM ET
7 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. Guido

    Why "believe" in global warming when you believe that the world is going to end with Jesus only saving you and your fellow worshippers of your little pseudo christian sect in Alaska. Dogma = the anti-christ of science.

    December 15, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. lavender

    The govinator is one republican I would vote for.

    December 15, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. amusing

    the breadth of subjects that she is willing to stick her neck out on

    December 15, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. wm weeks

    The only thing that you "climate control" people have come up with is bogus at its best. This world has been changing for millions of years and no matter what you do will not chance the climate. You fanatics act as if you and Gore are some type of a god. Gore seems to be doing real well $$$$$$$$. Cap and trade is just another way to impose tax on the working people.

    December 15, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Paradigm

    Sarah Palin giving her scientific opinions about the climate is like a blind man giving a painter his opinion on his artwork.

    December 15, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Tom from Va

    Palin is so stupid its funny. How people can pay any attention to her is beyond me. Arnold stands up for what he believes to be the truth – even if it breaks the party boundaries.

    December 15, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. bigtronboy

    ever see 30 Rocks "The Bubble" SP has been told her whole life how smart and beautiful she is. That she can't do no wrong. Unfortunately for us, she believes it. I hope she runs in 2012. I want to see the other GOP runners crush her during the debates.

    December 15, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Banderman

    The hypocrisy of politicians is absurd. They are like cartoon characters living large on OUR dime. They spew the most absurd and ridiculous charges. For a dude that runs a state that is BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars in the RED, he hardly has room to criticize. Sucking up to Baroke Obama won't help, Bub, there hasn't been any money left for over 6 months or more.

    December 15, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Terry - Indiana

    I am sorry Arnold, you are dealing with a woman who can see Russia from her front porch, and she knows that Eskimo Villages are falling into the ocean because eskimos know how to build igloos, not houses. I am guessing that key members of the Republican Party now realize that this woman went to a Kool Aid Convention and left her main processor in the tent. Now you can see why leading scientists preach that women who color their hair are destroying brain cells.

    December 15, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. smith

    "Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it,"

    ...or evolution. GOP approaches to any scientific matter are laughable. Kudos to Ahnold.

    December 15, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. PaidMyDues

    There is a study out there that shows that democratic liberals are mentally deficient. We didn't need a study to tell us that. To support the idiocy and irresponsible things happening in this country right now, one would have to be deficient in more ways than one.

    December 15, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. Joe citizen abroad

    The Palinator says, Hasta la vista, buhbeee.

    December 15, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. John Wayne

    The people who think Arnie messed up his state are FOOLS. You are FOOOOLS.

    His has been fighting his state for YEARS to fix things. Too bad over there they have laws which limit tax increases. NO MONEY. He cant win and his state has suffered. Calie has destroyed itself over the past 30 years. Blame the citizens and blame the legislators.

    December 15, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. the Film Professor

    People like Palin who deny the facts of global warming are just idiots. The world has always had them - the ones who insisted that the world was flat, that the Sun orbited the Earth, that evolution never happened, that God created the Earth in seven earth days, and on and on and on forever.

    I wish this woman would get eaten by a polar bear.

    December 15, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Even if we aren't affecting the climate, we are still affecting the ecosystem, and should be more green because of that.

    December 15, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. A

    I really can't understand why anyone can deny global warming or the human component. All the data is there. Denying the fact that it's happening is nothing more than burying your head in the sand. All the uncertainty is in what the implications of this warming would be.

    December 15, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. Jake

    Actually that's probably the most intelligent thing she's said all year.

    Amazing how the global warming crew seem to think the theory is somehow now a scientifically proven fact.

    The man-made global warming theory is a crock intended to transfer wealth from productive nations to the unproductive ones, something that is in line with the way the U.N. has been operating for years.

    This transfer of wealth is an activity that was once characterized as theft but, as it turns out, is now seen as a perfectly legitimate exercise if your President goes by the name of Robin' da 'hood'.

    December 15, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Dan

    Listen, I don't understand why so many people have there own opinion on a subject that so few even understand. It is like trying to tell a doctor that they are wrong when your only a janitor. It makes no sense!!! As being part of the scientific community I would really let them give you there opinion on whether climate change is man-made or not. Not people like Gore, Palin, Glenn Beck, or any of these under qualified people who need to have a certain opinion to get votes or viewers. As of right now, an overwhelming majority of the scientific community believes global warming is man-made based off the data. Let science be handled by the scientist and Sarah Palin do
    whatever she does, which isn't much.

    December 15, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Vietnam vet

    All Republicans care about is the all mighty dollar.

    December 15, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. John an Independent from NY

    Go Arnie go!

    December 15, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. Dale in Michigan

    Michele's popularity is on the rise and Arnold slams Palin but not one mention of the Tea Party demonstration in Washington. What's up CNN? You've become the official web site of the Obama Administration. Shame on you.

    December 15, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. BillBurton

    If all of you weren't so busy panning Palin you could be reading the Copenhagen Pact. It's really about redistributing the wealth of the richer nations to the poor countries. The rational is that the technically advanced nations have generated a huge carbon output and now must make it up to all the underdeveloped countries with money. Read it and weep. Here comes another tax. And didn't Gore decline to debate with Palin about climate change? He's set to make millions from this climate change charade.

    December 15, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. joe

    sarah who? who are you guys talking about

    December 15, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. JB

    Arnold = a Republican with a brain?

    You don't live in California, do you?

    Schwarzenegger has been a complete failure, achieving almost nothing during his term in office. He got rid of Gray Davis' car tax increase, then went all the way up until very recently with nothing much. Then he got something else: he held the legislature's feet to the fire enough to get them to pass legislation for revamping our aging state water plan, and it seems like they did a fairly good job. For some reason, this achievement seems to have gone almost unnoticed.

    As for criticism of Palin, she couldn't possibly do a worse job as governor – or anything else – than Schwazenegger.

    December 15, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. russell

    You would have to be pretty stupid not know that humans are killing the planet , from global warming to wiping out entire eco systems all in the name of greed , when will some of you ever learn , if you don't take care of this planet , this planet may decide one day to get rid of you.................

    December 15, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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