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. Chris Matt

    Fight on! Come on!

    December 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Abbey Rhodes

    Wow, Sarah Palin would refer climate change as "a burden". I forgot Sarah Palin is a scientist also, and she knows that man has not helped climate change along. Sure it might be "natural phenomenon" but how fast it's happening, and how much damage we do with our population to our limited resources, I think it's worth "the burden" on humans to change a little. That's just common sense, everyone would be a fool to not think a little bit about it. The changes are obvious, not just in her artic state! Just the weather alone in all states (which the scientist said would happen) has happened. And leave it to a republican to not want to change for the better. Cutting emissions sure it's a change and it's not easy but it's a healthy change and it couldn't hurt for the future. How can she defend something that she doesn't know about for sure? It's definitely a possibility that's why it's laid out on the table, and the people that don't want the burden of changing are trying to claim it's a natural phenomenon instead of looking at all the information. They'd rather ignore what's going on and take a risk that could kill us all.

    December 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Laurie

    Right on Governor Schwarzenegger. Exactly what her concern is.

    December 16, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Bobby McKenzie

    Gee, and this is coming from a Governor that has a state technically bankrupt, people fleeing the state in droves because they are over taxed and over-regulated. If you want to see pollution, look and LA and San Francisco. He wants to have his moment in the spotlight by slamming Governor Palin, He should look at the huge branch sticking in his OWN eye.

    December 16, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Georgia Patriot

    I suppose Palin believes she knows more than the science experts on climate control and she's willing to risk us destroying the only earth we have to live on based on her esteemed knowledge. Give me a break!

    December 16, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. gino

    But Sarah,gravity doesn't change, does it? Perhaps for a lightweight like you, but for the rest of us it's always been a constant. Maybe you should Goggle Isaac Newton.

    December 16, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Aaron Orear

    The action movie actor and the pageant queen arguing about climate change. Well, that's about right for the Republican party.

    December 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Trueman in Toronto

    "Palin criticized the former vice president for promoting "doomsday scenarios""
    Hold on... isn't Palin's Pentacostal belief system all about the "end times" coming soon to a hick town near you? On one hand, you have actual end-of-the-world scenarios, on the other, biblical dogma. Sounds like a great president to me!

    December 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. TM in CO

    If the sub committee that you created and all the other policies while you were governor of Alaska meant so much to you Palin, why did you quit? Doesn't say much for you as a person who claims to care so much about anything that has to do with anything. What you do care about is promoting yourself and your far right ideologies. Get out of the public limelight Sarah.............................................

    December 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Michele

    I wonder if she ever read her sub-cabinet's report, which shows rising temperatures, to average above freezing in the tundra areas, over the next decade. Any thinking person in charge of a state would not deny this research, but embrace it and find ways to make changes. Not Sarah. She'd rather take the easy route, quit her job, and then go around the country bashing scientists and people who have been studying this phenomena for decades. But hey, it gets her back in the news over and over again. And since her followers don;t seem to care whether or not she knows what she is talking about, they just agree and paint another Palin 2012 sign. Good luck with that. She can run, but she cannot win.

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

    arnold is correct, her agenda is differnt and she proved that over and over again. palin do relaiity show or something. i just don't even think she knows what she is talking about most of the time..well i don't ..she just wants to have opinion that never make sense...please go away

    December 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Georgette

    Alas, maybe we have finally found someone who can Terminate our friend Ms. Moron Ex-Governor.

    December 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. shelley:florida

    Good for you Arnord!!! Finally a republican who is willing to call Palin for the fake that she really is.

    December 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. jbmar1312

    It is obvious to all of us that humanity has some impact on our climate. But these highly educated individuals forecasting doom should remember that the earth has experienced great shifts in it's climate before. Anyone hear about the ICE AGE. Or the Dark Ages brought on by a volcanic eruption. Like Mrs. Palin, I believe we should look at all possible ways to satbilize our impact on our world but not suddenly blame humanity for every woe and make decisions based on fear and conjecture.

    December 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Gregg

    Palin isn't the brightest buld on the tree when it comes to understanding politics. The biggest mistake made in 2008 was adding Palin to the ticket. As an independent, I was willing to vote for McCain until he added Palin to his ticket. If McCain wanted an amateur, he should have asked me to be on the ticket. I'm not sure why Palin thinks she is so important.

    December 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. chris l

    And Palin wins again.

    December 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. not alone

    wow man has tossed tons of greenhouse gasses every day into the atmospher and she claims man has no impact on climate,what a compleat bafoon that one is. Apperantly she does mot have a clue beyomd alaska when it comes to pollution and climate change and the effects on our brothers and sisters around the world.

    December 16, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. A Tavarez

    And this from the person who chanted " Drill Baby Drill".

    December 16, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Bobby McKenzie

    Go ahead Arnie, you are ill-informed and irrelevent. Palin is running circles around Obama and all you lefties out there. Her approval is actually above Obama's right now. We'll see who comes out on top.

    December 16, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Justin

    She is unqualified to issue an opinion on global warming. As such, I wish she would shut up.

    December 16, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    Who did she get to write her comments. She doesn't have enough sense to put three words together.

    December 16, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Ken

    LOL Good lord that woman is a joke!!! She acts like a first grader...always something smart to say. I mean seriously can you imagine her as president or any leadership postion in our goverment??? LOL LOL LOL

    Ken from Houston

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

    Yep, because you are from Alaska it makes you an expert on the environment because you can see the weather change just like your an expert on foreign policy because you can see Russia from your backdoor. Man I wish all of our leaders were from Alaska!!!!

    December 16, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. pack

    Sarah Palin is doing everything she can to stay in the lime light.... Go away Sarah Palin. Nobody cares what you do but your twisted base.

    December 16, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. annie

    It is always easy to criticize from the sidelines when your only job is to take jabs at the ones that keep digging in and working. It is harder to work day after day even though things are tough.

    Sarah, you quit your job why? How long did you supevivse your 'sub-committee' ?

    December 16, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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