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. Steve

    This woman believes that men walked with dinosaurs and advocates creationism. Anything that comes out of her mouth is for political and financial gain. Her beloved Alaska has been heating up for decades and she still can't see it.

    December 16, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Bill - Austin, Texas

    There is nothing unusual about leaders not agreeing with everything, none do...as with any close team, concessions are made for the good of what/who they represent. In parenting you also have a very close team effort of the parties involved to make the best informed decision for the child they look after...it is not absurd that they obtain input from the child (third party)...and it is not absurd that the decision they make isn't always the right one. At some point we must continue to let our leaders know our feelings and have trust them to make the best decision. Sure it is disappointing when it doesn't pan out as we would like, but we know it was done in good faith...so let's learn and move on. Governors, Senators and other leaders, thank you for trying.

    December 16, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Bob

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    Seriously folks, this is what you get when you underfund public education in your country for decades. Now you have a whole generation to work through before you can even see an improvement.

    Decline of the empire....

    December 16, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. David in Houston

    Sarah Palin would stab Mother Nature in the face is she thought it might sell more books.

    December 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. MrPragmatic

    Incidentally, what's with Palin wearing a Fidel Castro cap?

    December 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Dee

    Palin is a gold-digger and will and is NOT qualified to be President of U.S. maybe a Mayor....... she trying trying to run on her looks alone and there better be smarter AMERICANS than that!!!!

    December 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Charles

    I noticed that when Laura Ingram asked her about debating the issue she quickly backed out of that deal. As far as dooms day scenarios her party is the clear leader in that field.

    December 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Kay

    Why doesn't CNN just black list failin palin and not ever mention her name again, let her take her bridge to nowhere so we never hear her name again – her point of view on anything means nothing

    December 16, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Silence Dogoode

    Now children...don't make us put you in time out.

    Arnie: there is not enough evidence to prove conclusively that man is responsible for global warming, just as there was no proof in the 70's about global cooling. we all know Al Gore is a liar. He didn't invent the internet and he produced a sloppy, dead boring powerpoint presentation that has little or inaccurate facts.

    Sarah: Arnie is right...what are you up to? I am asking you NOT to run for public office again...if you have to quit being a governor, then you have no business in the white house. Stick to what you are doing now.

    December 16, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. gord ontario

    the only green the quitter from wasilla believes in is her bank account

    December 16, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. grammi

    What makes her a climate change expert? She gets scarier and scarier every day. Please NO in 2012...

    December 16, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Mike Mazzla

    Obviously climate change is affected by naturalky occuring patterns, but to deny that man has caused damage with the advent of industry, increased emmissions etc is extremely ignorant. You do not need to be a brain surgeon to see that it does.

    If Palins thinks that we shouldnt do things to stem the tide because in teh short term it will cause us to change the way we do things is silly.

    This of course is the same person who caters to religious nuts who believe the world was flooded and the only ones who survived were on an ark. That you believe..but climate change and how we cause that if far beyond your comprehension. Fascinating

    December 16, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. dog bite it

    Palin has the common sense approach
    Goverment will not change nature
    Will only styme progress during a recession
    Shame on Al Gore and his decietful propaganda.
    As for Arnold/ just look what he has done for California/
    nuf said

    December 16, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Ohio Lady

    I know you won't publish this, but I do question your use of a glamour shot of Palin and a standard tough looking picture of Schwarzenegger.
    You don't think that influences people? Of course it does. Palin certainly doesn't need to make snide remarks about acting holier than thou, or pointing out how others are scaring people. What about her remarks making it seem like all elderly people are headed to Death Squads, and her mean insinuations about Obama. If we wanted CNN to turn into FOX, we would ask you to do that. How about focusing more on the 22,000,000 and counting emails that went missing???
    Why don't you write about that, Mr. Mooney?

    December 16, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Dan

    Well Sarah, while California has suffered economic strife and who is at fault is open for debate, at least The Governator has stayed the course and is trying to lead his state out of it's malaise and has to make some hard, unpopular decisions in the process. So for The Governator, the term "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." seems to apply. However, the term "When the going gets tough, it sends her running." best describe yous and your bailing on your home state a few months ago.

    'nuff said you quitter!

    December 16, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Sentinel

    Clearly, Sarah did not write her Facebook remarks all by herself. And where did she get that fascist hat she is wearing?

    December 16, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Victim of reading other Victim's posts

    Doomsday scenarios? Do tell lady Chicken Little, do tell... What were those socialist nightmares you ranted and raved about over a 3% tax increase on the wealthy, the same percentage that was enjoyed under Reagan?

    How about the guilt by association, "pals around with terrorists..." fear tactic when you and your ilk feverishly tried to find some dirt on Obama himself?

    Can you still see Russia from your house? Cause you clearly can't see the forest for the trees.

    December 16, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. BKrause

    They deserve each other: Palin with her slippery equivocations and Schwarzenegger (and his wife) with their fleet of Hummers that they cannot seem to do without.

    December 16, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. wbn

    Yeah, it's kinda funny having a CA gov telling a former AK gov what's what (with CA bankrupt and all that!). Palin is so great–a cool, confident, educated, experienced politician who relates to common people and holds conservative views (so irksome to libs who are the ones who think women should "stay in their place" as liberals.

    December 16, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Jim

    As a colonel in the military, I served in Alaska for two years while Sarah Palin was governor. I even met her a couple of times. She is pleasant enough, but......she got one significant piece of legislation passed, and it was significant, setting the rules for a gas pipeline. However, in spite of, or perhaps because of, the ignorance of folks in the Lower 48 regarding Alaska, she has successfully managed to portray herself as Alaska's best governor ever. Not really the case. She polarized (forgive the pun) the State just as she has the nation. Even then, she had a bad habit of blaming other people for her problems and pouting when things did not go her way. The problem is not that she is not smart. She is smart, though not well-read, and if you read anything she writes, you will note she speaks only in platitudes. The problem is she believes there are two sides to an argument: her side and the wrong side. And when things don't go her way, she quits....just like she quit (what else can you call it?) her job as governor. Say what you will about Arnold. Say he ran for governor as something of a joke for late-night television. But in spite of his low job ratings, the awful fiscal mess California has become, and other challenges.....he is staying at his post.

    December 16, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Hugo

    Does Palin have any sort of research to back up her bold statements concerning climate change? Labeling it as "a naturally occurring phenomenon" without sufficient evidence is dangerous.

    December 16, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Jack

    Palin is a joke, she did not even finish her term as Gov. of Alaska, it is easy for her to speak to crowds (for large $$$) and state her views but it appears it is hard for her to accept a position like the Gov of Alaska and try to enact her views. Lots of talk, little action (thank goodnes, she is a nut)

    December 16, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. FM

    "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."
    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, you were for it and now you are against it!!!!! Anyone taking this woman seriously must be idiot.

    December 16, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Facebook

    I'm pretty sure Palin's environmental knowledge comes from all the time she spends playing Farmville on Facebook.

    December 16, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. timeitis

    Because she's from Alaska – you would think she would have a much better understanding of the whole issue/reality of global warming and it's unequivocal relation to things man is doing. Her statements on global warming show little regard for reality and as Schwarzenegger points out part of a separate 2012 political agenda... The problem here – is that she's simple minded and opinionated in ways that greatly hurt the national interest – whether it be death panels – or the melting ice caps – or her thoughts on energy.

    And let's not forget this is the Sarah who couldn't finish the as Governor – and the Sarah who's running around the country right now peddling a book someone else wrote for her.

    December 16, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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