December 16th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
3 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. DL in VA

    Palin says that climate change is a natural phenomenon. It very well may be! But that is no excuse to do nothing about it. Floods are a natural phenomenon, but do we not sand bag houses and put up levies? Drought is a natural phenomenon, but do we not cut irrigation channels and create reservoirs? Man is an awesome force that has been altering natural phenomenon for as long as we have existed. If we know that climate change is the destructive force that it is, why do we care that it is natural or man-made if we can do something about it?

    I guarantee that if an asteroid were headed towards Sarah Palin, she'd be the first to try to nuke it to prevent it from causing harm. She would not say "eh, it's natural."

    December 16, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. Susan in NC

    Seems to me that Ms. Palin exhibits the most UN-Christian-like attiitude and language than anyone I've ever heard. Her negativity, me-first, egotistical, and incendiary language is very disheartening.

    December 16, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. www.usdebtclock.org

    Palin couldn't stand the heat as a state executive. At least the Governator is not a quitter. If you are in government and you want to serve the public, you have to be tough and thick-skinned, not a greedy money-grubber like Palin who only wants to line her pockets.

    December 16, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Dan

    Wow!!! Even though Palin PhD thinks human activites don't contribute to climate change, I can't believe Palin thinks climate change is real! I thought climate change would fall under the same category as dinosaurs and tubal ligation for her!

    December 16, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. Martha Yates

    Alaska is the lucky state to be rid of Sarah. The rest of us have to endure her stupidity in the news every day. Enough of Sarah.

    December 16, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. James E

    It comes to no surprise that Palin would hide behind the computer screen to attack Schwarzenegger. Even her grammar needs fixing:
    "While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand

    It should be: "While all of Alaskans and I witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand,....

    She has also mixed up several facts on the cause of the deficit and unemployment that has nothing to do with climate change policies.

    December 16, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Jen

    As usual she cannot stay on topic. she has to find something else to put down. Well I am sure if she wants to go there.. and Arnold wants to stoop as low as her he could bring up quite a bit!!

    She just needs to sit down and shut up.

    December 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Pee Wee

    On this one, she's actually correct. Emissions contribute to warming, but, they also contribute to cooling. After 9/11 when the airspace over the US was devoid of contrails for three days, the temperature range actually increased. Less pollution (emissions) higher temps. This is known as global dimming. I'm all for a cleaner environment and cleaner air and have taken steps to decrease my carbon footprint by using passive solar heating in my home. But, the arrogance of politicians to think that signing a piece of paper will alter the laws of nature is absurd. In addition, to hamstring our economy by placing an enormous increase in production costs at this time is not the most prudent step forward while trying to get Americans back to work. It would be easier to stomach the current Copenhagen meetings if the participants could have figured out a cleaner way to get there and conduct their meeting. Rather than flying hundreds of jets and renting thousands of limos, perhaps a large video conference using carbon-neutral technologies such as cyber space would have been more appropriate.

    Al Gore, in his usual fashion, also made hysterical claims that the scientist whose research he was quoting wouldn't even stand by. That should be red flag #1.

    December 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Sharon

    Ahh Sarah............ On what do you base your opinions and why should anyone listen to you? When did you become THE expert on climat change???? What a joke!

    December 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. andrew

    I think my respect for Arnold just went up a few.

    Its nice to see some Republicans are not all idiots. If more were like this I would consider voting for them.

    December 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Tram

    Arnie, Arnie, Arnie - look, I don't live in California. I don't know if you've been a good governor, a bad governor, an effective governor, whatever, but there is one thing you have to remember. YOU have a brain and you actually THINK. Palin doesn't even have two working brain cells. Her opinions don't hold water and she's a loon (with all due respect to that particular bird).

    December 16, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Tom

    Wonder if Palin can see California from her back door?

    December 16, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. MPeters

    Yeah, about as naturally occurring as a GIGANTIC ASTROID HITTING THE EARTH AND CAUSING IT TO COOL. I'd call that one heck of a doomsday scenario...

    Thank god there are some reasonable Republicians like Arnold, and luckily, they, like Arnold, cannot run for head office in this country.

    Seriously, this lady is whacko...she might as well go find Bubbles the Monkey and do a double act.

    December 16, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Angela

    Thank you Mr. Schwarzenegger. I agree with you completely. This woman does not know how to stay out of the limelight. She is an addict to fame.

    December 16, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. petena

    What in the hell does Sarah Palin know about climate change? Woman: Please shut up! You look like a fool talking nonsense.

    December 16, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. ACCOUNTANT

    I know the truth hurts. There is no such thing as man made global warming. Sarah Palin tell it as it is.

    December 16, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. A True Centrist

    I never ever ever ever thought I'd say this but I actually agree with Palin on this one. There just isn't enough evidence to mandate the types of restrictions being discussed in Copenhagen. If we've learned anything these past few months, it's that the climate scientists had their own agenda and manipulated data to sell that agenda.

    With that said, we should do anything REASONABLE to keep our environment as prestine as we can. Tighter emission standards should be applied everywhere, but let's not over do it.

    December 16, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. NortonX

    Arnold is wrong on this one. "Climate change" is not related to human activity, but to natural occurrences (sun's activity) and natural cycles (alert! weather changes! zowie!)

    Gorbachev, years ago, "Red has become Green," and the "Green Movement" is being used to bring us into a police state.

    Arnold: THINK!

    December 16, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Rahim

    Please go away palin!

    December 16, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. j_nasty

    While I don't know without a reasonable doubt that climate change is or is not affected by man, I would not put myself out there to deny either side. Given Palin's lack of education and logic, she doesn't have a good leg to stand on with this topic. I do agree with the "Al Gore's" and say we should cut back on emissions, as it does lead to air pollution (this fact is proven in major cities around the world). So unless Palin can provide scientific evidence, and not just theory, she really should keep her mouth shut on the subject.

    December 16, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. We are not dumb

    The lady is in need of a brain transplant. Sarah needs to be careful. there is a little known exclusion in the proposed healthcare bill that will specifically exclude coverage for terminal stupidity, chronic lying, and non specific dumbness. contagious bigotry will not be covered either. If her lips are moving, she's lying.

    SARAH AND FLYS I do despise one spreads germs and the other spreads lies. The more Sarah speaks the more I like flies.

    December 16, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. mike

    It's funny because Sarah Palin is learning about cap and trade as she tries to promote herself. She proved during the presidential election that she is definitely not an intellect. However, she is trying to learn buzz words and catch phrases as quickly as possible because she is trying to promote herself. She quit the governorship of Alaska so she could sell books and make lots of money. It was never about Alaska but about Sarah Palin. She wanted to capitalize on her fame. This person is a loose cannon because of McCain. McCain was the person who believed woman were idiots and would vote for Palin since Hillary lost to Obama. McCain is the same person who said Iraq was safe even though he had a mile long security team and helicopters over head. They all lie!

    December 16, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Hendrik

    Do we really believe these words come from this twit? Does she have a ghost writer for this as well? Numbskull! Go back to play with the kids in Alaska your moron housewife (sorry for offending the housewives).

    December 16, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. Wendy

    Arnold, you don't have to take her with a grain of salt, but I think a coupld shots of tequila would help!

    December 16, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. In Truth

    Sarah Palin walks around with her foot perpetually in her mouth. Where would her state be (the one she abandoned) if it were not for the oil reserves it possess? One hint.....In worst shape than California.

    December 16, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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