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."


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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Economist

    Maybe we'll also recall that when Mrs. Palin couldn't "take the heat", she quit. Quitters shouldn't criticize doers.

    December 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Who does one believe? 80,000 scientists or Sarah Palin? Years of documented research or some e-mails Fox got hold of? Sen. Inhofe or the global community?

    One does get a little tired of the lack of truth from the party of hate.

    December 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Darth in CO

    How is it that a beauty queen that went to five colleges to complete a bachelors degree in journalism, quit her job as governor of a remote state with the lowest population density in the US, knows how emissions and air particulates effects the health and economy of the largest, most densely populated state better than their own governor?

    To say this chick is whacked is a disservice to those that are really whacked.

    December 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. barbara

    I have no use for the policies of Sarah Palin ..... except this one. I too believe that Global warming exists but do not feel it is the result of mans activities but rather a continuing natural phenomenon from the previous ice age. The Cap and Trade legislation would have a very negative impact on our financial recovery and will have very little impact on our carbon impact. Please study Germany and the results of their Cap and Trade before assuming its benefits. My opinion is that CLEAN COAL Plants are the answer to our polution problem.

    December 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Luis Cruz

    Arnold is a hypocrite. Anybody who drives a humongous SUV by himself have no business asking people do sacrifice one for the environment. And there are sure many now in Copenhagen that fit this mold.

    December 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. BRUCE

    Obviously, Palin is looking to stay in public view so she can make a run at the Republican nomination (fat chance of winning an election I would think) after walking out on her last job (doesn't look good on a resume). Problem is she's making herself look foolish on a number of issues but to make yourself look uneducated, especially regarding climate change and its readily verifiable consequences which we can see NOW, just seems counter-productive to her goal.

    Who in their right mind could vote for her to be the most powerful person in the world. GOOD GOD!!! But.....look who somehow got to the White House for 8 years and couldn't put 2 sentences together without screwing it up...to say nothing of the economy, the military, etc. etc. I 'd love to see some of those "now found" e-mails.

    December 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. ricky

    wow. palin is such an idiot. i like how she only fights from her facebook, and won't actually debate anyone with any scientific facts or actual knowledge concerning climate change. being an idiot from alaska does not automatically make you an expert on climate change. this is my favorite part: "While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand..." does she think that only people who live in alaske witness the impacts of weather patterns, while the rest of us in the contiguous states do not? i hope she keeps talking her way out of relevancy.

    December 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Walter77777

    Mrs. Palin is a Christian who believes that we are living in the Last Days, and this makes her environmental views very anti-conservation since we need not go to the trouble to avoid polluting the Earth when The Earth and its people will not be here all that long anyway.

    I am not a Christian, and i suspect that those who act like we are living in the Last Days may actuall help make something like this a reality.

    I worry.

    W.

    December 16, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Taryn

    Does this woman even know what she's talking about when she speaks? It's like someone gave her a bag of words and she just rearranges them into different sentences. Health care, jobs, unemployment, spending, wrong, Obama...what an idiot.

    December 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Joseph

    It's easy to figure out why Palin is against Arnold's green policies: Like Bush she's from a big oil state.

    I think America is hopefully fed up with BIG OIL and the snake-oil politicians that are linked to it.

    December 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Tim in Minnesota

    I can't believe that I'm responding to another one of CNN's Palin moments, but this woman knows less about climate change than my dog. Arnold is right when he says that you have to take what she says with a grain of salt.
    Her Facebook comments are meaningless.

    December 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Dave

    Yep, Arnolds state is a fiscal mess and the global warming scheme has been derailed thanks to Climate-Gate. It's amazing that Sarah says exactly what the majority of people in this country think with regards to the global warming.

    Keep hammering 'em Sarah!

    December 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. gl, From Pittsburgh

    We all could have gotten rich if we all voted that Sara Palin was going to hit back at Schwarzenegger on her Face Books. She is so childish. Sara Palin at less Schwarzenegger isn't a quitter like you even though he is a lame duck status like you said your were and the reason why you quit your governor job. He still have one up on your QUITTER!

    December 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. barry g

    Why does the press continue to follow this woman and report on her? Enough already!!!!

    December 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Alex in Wisconsin

    Yes, Sarah Palin Strikes Back, this is just the sort of entertainment i was hoping for. And even though Sarah's response didn't really have any substance to the current arguement, it's good to know that she is reminding people that she used to be a Governor. Anyone remember what happened to that gig?

    Personally, i think the fact that Governor Schwarzenegger didn't quit on his state, despite the fiscal crisis, speaks highly of his sense of duty and responsibility to the state of California. It's a shame the same can't be said about the half-term Governor Sarah Palin.

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. sandy

    "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."

    I think the CA Gov is wrong about one thing, I think she is more interested in making money than winning the Republican Nomination in 2012. Arnold can you terminate er? LOL!

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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."

    Sara Palin all this is irrelavent know that your quit in the middle of all your so called projects you started.

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. oxbobend

    I remember not long ago Sara was saying "death panels". Now she is accusing someone else of "doomsday scenarios"?

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Linda

    Palin puts all Democrats AND Ahhnold to shame with her smart GREEN politices.

    Should we put the two in a runoff? :)

    But Sarah knocks the socks off of everyone with her conservation and GREEN Smart policies. She also was the boldest after creating the sub cabinet in increasing her energy from renewable energy by 50 percent by 2020. No other Governor or Democrat can claim that.

    Yes, Arnie's hurting and he's trying to build his cred. But Sarah is showing how you can be smart and green at the same time. and increase opportunities, not take them away.

    Go Sarah!

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. charles

    as i've always said, if you deny evolution and think the earth is just a few thousand years old, you dont get to have a scientific opinion on anything. you shouldnt have ever been a governor, and in fact you shouldnt have even graduated high school.

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. rita

    Is there anyone else left for her to disagree with? She is a little lightning rod of controversy. It seems foolish to believe that billions of human inhabitants burning wood, coal and gas, and cutting down rainforests aren't somehow affecting the planet and its climate in some way. Even the least scientific mind should appreciate the footprint that we leave behind. Who wants to admit to the human toll we take on the planet while ignoring the overpopulation of the planet. We have countries that are grossly overpopulated, and no one in those countries is talking about it academically at a policy level in the government. Sarah seems so far removed from me here in Houston, Texas where it snowed last week. Was that a blip in the weather or a naturally occurring thing? Most lifelong Houstonians couldn't believe what they were seeing.

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Jack Fl

    Let'em duke it out! My money is on Sarah. She's been breathing cleaner air.

    December 16, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. LacrosseMom

    Is Palin for REAL? She states that she was "first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change" ????!!

    Palin IS a conservative, right? Aren't ALL conservatives against Climate Change?

    This is weird. So she is claiming to be greener than Arnold? Strange.

    December 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Steph

    AND...she can see Russia from her house.

    December 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. confused

    Why does she consistently think that her living location has any bearing on issues presented by top officials or scientists? This only decreases her reputation and potential of becoming a high level polititian again.

    Firstly she stated her proximatey to Russia gives her the edge with foreign policy....

    Secondly she stated her proximatey to cold climate allows her to understand climate issues more accurately then the top scientists of the world....

    These are bogus claims and she makes herself look bad consisently...

    December 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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