December 16th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
11 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."


Filed under: Arnold Schwarzenegger • Energy • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. stunned

    am i the only one disgusted by everything this women says.

    December 16, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Robert - Jakarta

    Sarah Palin can write?

    December 16, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant

    What exactly IS Palin trying to accomplish by being OPPOSED to to something like global warming prevention measures?Are you kidding me? Is this all republicans can think of? Just take the opposite stance on EVEY issue just for argument sake? This woman clearly is still the moron we've all grown to know and love... even the "Gover-nator" calls her out on her nonsense.

    December 16, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Gate

    Sarah Palin is not a scientist or an expert on climate change in a stretch of the imagination. The media needs to stop giving her unfounded and unscientific beliefs equal weight when compared to the research of the world's experts. Just because her opinions are popular with a small segment of the population does not make her an expert. CNN has lowered itself to sensational celebrity reporting at the level of the National Enquirer.

    December 16, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Libertarian

    Failin Palin is awful good at Facebook comments. Think she could run the country that way? LOL!!!

    December 16, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Jay

    Palin you keep talking about "when I was governor"? Do you remember how you resigned that post? The only people who resign from an elected office are people are one's who have something to hide or avoid or scum like you who really don't care about serving the public if there is an opportunity to get rich (book tour?).

    At least Arnold is trying to resolve tough problems. You are typical Republican filth. Deny what is good to the many as long as Big Business continues to profit.

    I pray you run in 2012 as a 3rd party candidate. Then we can thank you the way Republicans thanked Nader in 2000.

    Palin is a joke.

    December 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Candy Wilson

    Mrs Palin always seems to be able to come back with a good response whenever someone criricizes her motives.. She "sounds" like she has done a wonderful job when responding to critics..Which of course we can easily check on her statements.. Oh That's right ,that's how we discovered other "spins" of hers in the past... I find it odd she responds on Facebook which I use, while the Gov. spoke in public.. But that's right, Mrs Palin gave up that privilegde when she "quit" her job as Gov.. It just seems to me she hides behind certain avenues.. She always comes out smelly like a rose

    December 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. DD quitter!

    From Anchorage Daily News – –
    Link: The Washington Post Post columnist Eugene Robinson revisits Sarah Palin's creation of a climate-change subcabinet while she was governor of Alaska: "Palin mentioned having created the climate change unit in an op-ed she wrote last week for The Post. What she didn't acknowledge was the contrast between what she says about climate change now and what she said - and did - about it as governor of our most at-risk state. When she was in office, Palin treated the issue as serious, complex and worthy of urgent attention. Now that she's the iconic leader of a populist movement that reacts with anger at the slightest whiff of pointy-headed, 'one world' intellectualism, she writes as if the idea of seeking ways to mitigate climate change is a crock."

    December 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Arnie was correct in questioning her. The blatently dismissive and pandering comments she made needed to be called out. She is not interested in any kind of climate control since that is "voodoo" to the red meat base that worships her

    December 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Zach K

    I apologize if this is very rude.

    Arnold had to deal with California's issues dead on. He had to deal with a $30 Billion USD Deficit, and he had to deal with many disasters that plauge the state, economically, and naturally. Palin, in her own state, was her own disaster in the making.

    Palin needs to shut her mouth, as she is the very essence that is ruining the GOP. Arnold, however, is the one person BENEFITING the GOP, he doesn't complain at all about what the President is doing, and he is working his tail off. Palin couldn't do any of that, and Palin has no right to talk since she quit her position.

    December 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. johnrj08

    This is precisely why Schwarzenegger shouldn't have said anything about Palin. She just uses comments like his to attract more attention to herself, which is all she's really interested in doing. Same with Al Gore. Neither of these guys should make public remarks about Palin, even if they're right. The people who support Palin don't care about facts. They don't care that this response from Palin is a classic example of her two-faced, self-contradictory stances on many public issues. She doesn't think the activities of humans has caused global warming, but she brags that she set up a "sub-cabinet" to deal with it. If it's not caused by human activity, what was her plan? And, if it was that important to her, why did she quit her job 18 months early? The woman is a vacuous idiot. My guess is that she has never spoken to a single credible scientist about global warming, yet she talks as though she is an expert on the subject. The definition of stupidity is not knowing your limitations.

    December 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Kevin

    She's so funny. If climate change is like gravity, then why would you need to create a sub-cabinet position to deal with it. Did she also have a sub-cabinet position for the Sun's rotation around the Earth?

    No offense to Palin supporters, but can't you see her for the huckster she is?

    December 16, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. nanniaq

    Arnold's just jelous that he can't run for President

    December 16, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Jack Fl

    Climate change has been happening since time began. Whether man affects it is debatable, but why? Why not do the right thing for our habitat? I like the expression"think global act local". Pick-up trash in your yard then go help your neighbor with his. This exercise may do us all some good.

    December 16, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Independent

    My goodness Palin picks a fight with a different person everyday. She is a media hog. CNN give us a break. I really think this woman needs to be medicated.

    December 16, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Stephanie

    Interesting that Palin refers to "when talking to reporters" and yet CNN continues to broadcast her Facebook rants which may or may not be written by her and never demands she talk to them. Lousy journalism once again.

    December 16, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Cloudsofgray

    Palin is always hiding behind the facebook page because she's not smart enough to make a non-scripted public comment.

    December 16, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Sean

    Honestly, who does she think she is? Firing at anyone whom she doesn't like?

    December 16, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Steve

    Sarah Palin is not a politician anymore.who cares what she says?Her giving her political opinion is no different than one be given by your local gas station attendant.Thats what happens when you quit your position and abandon your state.

    December 16, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. DeanScream

    I love Sarah Palin. She is living proof of the virtues of America – that even the stupid can reap success with hard work and determination.

    December 16, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. John

    I agree with Palin. Certainly, we can do more to clean and protect the environment, I don't think anyone really disagrees with this concept. But to claim humans are the root cause runs contrary to science and history. When I was a child in th 1970s, so-called experts predicted a coming mini ice age. Heck, the past 10 years have actually evidenced a decrease in temperatures.

    December 16, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Dave C - NJ

    Palin is impressive. Her scientific background, driven by her political views, is very accurate. I'm glad that she is there to educate the rest of us who listen to actual scientists. I always thought that industrial pollution and combined emissions were bad for the environment, but I guess it's ok because one of the greatest scientific minds of our time seems to think it's ok. I mean it's not like she has anything to gain by helping Big Business out by letting them pollute us, right? hello?

    December 16, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Geodin

    I'd like Palin to site results/benefits of her Sub-Cabinet, does she know?, not that she created another government entity that may not have been needed.

    Her stance on climate change seems based on a lack of understanding.

    It's called climate change now because so many things are happening that need to be brought into the fold of concern. Man's impact is not just Global Warming, it is also the massive area of trash floating in the middle of the Pacific that is growing rapidly Or, the dead zone of water in the Gulf that forms each year that is thousands of square miles that continues to grow, and how about the fact that we can't eat too much fish because of all the Mercury that is a result of pollution man has dumped into the oceans. How about the de-forestation or over-fishing to the point some species of fish we rely on are threatened.

    Even if she is right and man is not the predominate climate change catalyst how about we address what we are responsible for because it's pretty bad. And, if she is wrong and we continue to not address the issue we're all, future generations too, going to lose.

    We can live in harmony with planet, we are smart enough and advanced enough, so stop making excuses just because your backyard looks fine or you are benefiting from the state of imbalance we are currently capitalizing on.

    Bottom-line on Palin for me is that she has a historical and repeated lack of understanding/knowing the facts, crashes under pressure, blames others, and quits.

    December 16, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. shucks

    Drill Drill Drill baby. And Alaska will become a giant mud hole as the snow will be melting faster that the oil we will burn from her impressive global warming initiative. What you say, she doesn't have one? But let's all boycott the international meeting that is trying to put these issues on the table so that we can start to mend the damage we are causing. This woman becomes more moronic at each opportunity she has to think. That's it Sarah, just stop thinking and we would all respect you a little more.

    December 16, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Amazing

    What did Arnold do with his gas guzzling Hummer? Cap and tax is a bad idea, raise utility bills out of the park, destroy jobs.........all for another Obama experiment that is totally unproven. Just ask the scientists in the middle of Climategate.

    December 16, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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