December 16th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
6 months ago

Palin fires back at Schwarzenegger

Sarah Palin is hitting back at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's dig at the former Alaska governor over the issue of climate change.
Sarah Palin is hitting back at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's dig at the former Alaska governor over the issue of climate change.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is hitting back at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's dig at the former Alaska governor over the issue of climate change.

"Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment?" Palin wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday night. "Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation's only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change."

Palin's comments came hours after the California Republican questioned Palin's stance on climate change in an interview with the Financial Times at the Copenhagen climate change summit
"You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?" said Schwarzenegger, who has backed strict new emissions controls to combat climate change. "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."

The former Republican vice presidential nominee has questioned whether human activity contributes to climate change, and wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post last week blasting the cap and trade policy promoted by the Obama administration to limit emissions. She has also called on President Obama to boycott the Copenhagen conference.

On her Facebook page Tuesday night, Palin said Schwarzenegger was acting "greener than thou."

"While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can't primarily blame man's activities for those changes," she wrote. "And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn't do was hamstring Alaska's job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act 'greener than thou' when talking to reporters."

Palin also mixed it up last week with former vice President Al Gore, who dubbed her a climate change "denier."

Also on her Facebook page, Palin criticized 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."


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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. DJ

    Sarah Palin: AMEN!!! It's time to start putting the correct phrase back together "The THEORY of Global Warming." It has not been proven in the scientific world, only the political world. We are suffering to regulations and job losses because of it. Conservation people!

    December 16, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Chipster

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

    So is diaper rash but I'll bet you didn't just let your children suffer with it. Yes, it's naturally occurring but CO2 from burning fossil fuels has escalated it.

    But even if you don't believe this, you shouldn't be ignoring the fact that all of these fossil fuels are not renewal. They are being depleted at an alarming rate. If we don't invest in renewable forms of energy, future generations will suffer and curse our selfishness and ignorance.

    December 16, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. James

    Why is the women still giving "beauty pagent" answers to important questions such as climate control? I really believe if she wanted to help Alaska, she would have remained in office, instead of trying to get rich quick on her 15 minutes of fame. I wonder if she would stay home and take care of the kids if Todd had a job?

    December 16, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. annie s

    Please, please, please make this woman go away.

    December 16, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  5. RodeoJoe

    Arnold is WORKING for the People. Palin is a quiter, & unemployed.
    I have respect people who WORK.

    December 16, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Lou

    Aw, Sarah looks like little red riding hood!!!

    December 16, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. Jasmine in Germany

    The only thing Palin could do to help save our earth is to dig a hole into it, in her back yard, and plant some peas. If she waters regularly, she'll soon have a new supply to replenish her brain.

    December 16, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. Anthony

    I cringe every time when there is a mention of whats her name from Alaska. It was a stroke of something that her name was brought to the national stage, but frankly, her expressed opinions clearly indicate how uninformed (I will stop short of saying uneducated) she is. While I understand that the news media is covering all angles, I just wish that her name just disappear from print altogether.
    John McCain, I was one of your fans and I am disappointed that it was you who gave whats her name a stage to demonstrate her ineptitude and lack of common sense.

    December 16, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. anothersarah

    Sarah Palin is only interested in Sarah Palin and making big bucks for herself.

    December 16, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  10. RWM

    Ah yes, America's most hated woman. Most hated, that is, by the radical Left, who tolerate no dissent, who cannot accept criticism and who are adamant about getting their way regardless of the consequences. Palin is so disliked by the Left because she represents their worst fears; an attractive, likable potential opposition candidate who makes sense on a lot of issues and who hurls well targeted challenges at the Left's most dearly held tenets and dogmas. Worst of all, she is more experienced and qualified than the man the radical Left ramrodded into the oval office. The more visibility Palin gets and the more Obama fumbles, the more evident this becomes. Lacking facts and sound arguments, the Left has traditionally relied on ridicule, insult, misdirection and bullying as its tools of the trade. So there's nothing new here folks, please move along.

    December 16, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Schwarzenegger is correct on this one. I don't know where Palin gets the idea that being environmentally responsible (not polluting) is causing fiscal problems in California. I think that Palin needs to put down what ever drug she is using and take off the blinders and see what is really going on in California and her own state of Alaska. There are local people in Alaska that are feeling the effects of the tempature changing - houses built on ice are being destroyed because the ice is melting or shifting destroying the house.

    She is typical of many ideological Republicans - let business do what it wants because it knows best; they'll clean up their own mess if it really needs to be cleaned up. I would figure that she would know better given the Valdez accident some years back.

    December 16, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. Chipster

    Another point that needs to be considered:

    If advocates for clean, renewable energy are wrong, the worst that can happen is that we end up with renewable, alternative forms of energy. As a trade-off for the cost, we have renewable energy-related jobs and energy when fossil fuels are depleted.

    If you are wrong, and we do nothing to reduce the CO2 and develop cleaner energy, the worse that happen is we have no more fuel to produce energy and no more energy-related jobs, but that won't matter because the Earth will die anyhow!

    So, what do we have to lose by reducing our CO2 output and investing in clean energy? This is actually not about blaming anyone. It's common sense, Sarah -Sarah? common sense? Oh, never mind.

    December 16, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. Dean O

    You think Arnold would shut up by now on any environmental issue. Its a fraud and he promoting any portion of it should be labeled as a fraud. Shut up and go quietly into the night. Man-made warming is a hoax. Why do you think Al Gore switch from warming to climate change years ago. He saw the writing on the wall. If we had an honest media he would have been exposed years ago. Lets see his emails – lets go hackers – target this clown.

    December 16, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. beck

    So according to Palin, we can pollute as much as we want and it will not affect the climate of the earth? Wow.. just wow!

    December 16, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. Rogue

    I admit palin isn't very bright. I admit she isn't intelligent enough to be president. I admit electing her president would be a disaster. But she is hot!!!! Palin for president in 2012...2016...2020...2024 or till she is no longer hot.

    December 16, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. Amazed

    Sarah Palin is aself serving rat. Nothing more, nothing less.

    December 16, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. Sheila Blige

    If brains were lard, Palin's wouldn't grease a 3-inch pan.

    December 16, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Mama_Bear

    Right on, Arnold!!! It's time for Arnold to step up and lead the GOP back into the land of reality. Next, he needs to shut down Rush, Beck and O'Reilly. They are nothing but gas bags fueled by 100% organic manure, and are sitting too close to the fan. After that, he needs to make a wake-up call to the mental midget, Joe Lieberman, who is afflicted with multiple political party/personality disorder, and commitment issues.

    December 16, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. Nice...

    Touche, Gov. Palin. Schwarzenegger is clearly a RINO. He has no fiscal responsibility and in some cases, no common sense.

    December 16, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. Fed Up

    Sarah is right. It is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Al Gore needed attention so he jumped on the climate change bandwagon and made it a doomsday scenario. Another Nobel Prize that was cheapened.

    December 16, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  21. glib lib

    "While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand".

    Apparently you have to live in the Arctic to experience signs of global warming. I live in Columbus, Ga and after 3 years of record drought we have just experienced the wettest year on record. Republicans are so worried about the debt their grandchildren will inherit because of the huge deficits we are running that they don't seem to care about the fact that we are ruining the environment they will inherit making the mere survival much more harsh. Once again, with republicans, it comes down to their wallets. Nothing else matters.

    December 16, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. Duck Fallas

    Arnie was quoted in an interview with the Financial Times. Palin's response is taken from a Facebook page. Why is it that anytime Palin is quoted from an interview, she sounds like Bush explaining quantum physics, yet she miraculously develops mediocre eloquence when she "writes" something?

    December 16, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. MrPragmatic

    Seems to me that if a marginally intelligent person like Arnold can see that Palin is a blithering idiot, then she MUST be a blithering idiot, right?

    December 16, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. Tarheel

    Arnold needs to concentrate on the broken mess that California has become instead of fighting with Sarah Palin.

    December 16, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. tim

    She forgot to say that she is also a quitter and just interested in making a name and money for herself

    December 16, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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