December 16th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
10 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. Puddin

    So now Palin is a "climate encyclopedia?"

    December 16, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. scrapster

    She believes in gravity now? I guess that's a start.

    December 16, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Antonio

    Why does the media continue to report on every inane comment that comes from this dimwit. She should have been relegated to the ashcan of history a very long time ago. The media should be reporting on the factual basis of climate change and on the commentary of people with knowledge and understanding of the science involved (llike Al Gore), not on this dingbat.

    December 16, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Gerry from sd

    How anyone can take her seriously is beyond me. Yes Climate change is natural but the whole issue with Copenhagen is to discuss how human action is ACCELERATING that change. Let's not go around pointing fingers and accusing doomsday scenarios when you still haven't justified your 'Death Panels' BS.

    December 16, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Mark

    Well, Palin is SO knowledgeable about the importance of climate change. After all, she reads everything she can get her claws on. Yeah, right.

    December 16, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Jb

    I think climate change is a huge issue. I think Arnold hit it right on the head with his comments.

    I think everyone needs to get on board with this and work together. And those that deny it should be completely disregarded and prevented from holding any political office.

    I try to respect everyone. But this issue is too important to the future of all living things to pay attention to those who would deny it.

    December 16, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. SkiDoc

    Of this threesome, Palin comes out, hands down, on the right side of this very bogus issue. Gore is an alarmist of gargantuan magnitude; Arnold is becoming an out-of-touch politician from an out-of-touch state. Palin is absolutely more credible because of her reasoned position and her EXPERIENCE with climate change! Go Sarah! Can't wait for 2012!

    December 16, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Todd

    Schwarzenegger slamming palin. An interesting film....

    She obviously never heard that old saying about not opening your mouth and proving yourself a fool. We all know her theory, since she is a deep thinking intellectual force and a climate scientist, is that global warming is just a natural part of the end of days. For those of us who live in the reality based community, like Arnold, it has a little different meaning.

    December 16, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Patrish

    While climate changes does occur, it usually takes thousands of years. We are seeing rapid changes in the last 30 years. So stick you head in the sand if it makes you feel any better, but anyone with an ounce of sense could figure out that this humans are contributing to this rapid warming. In Palin's case, the dumb, just get dumber. If only there was a 'smart' pill she could take...

    December 16, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. twiddly

    Arnold, like Newt, is at least an intelligent republican.
    Sarah is just plain dumb and can only spout slogans meant to inspire her conservative base full of equally dumb lemmings.

    December 16, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Purnell Meagre

    Is that a picture of Sara Palin or is it the Mattell Christmas sensation "Vice-President Barbie?"

    December 16, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Dee

    She tells it like it is. Those who want socialist policies can't stand her. Those who want women to forsake family values and aspire to being selfish career-seeking individuals despise her. She is their worst nightmare. Since they have no legitimate argument against her and her success as Alaska's Governor, they have to tear her down by demeaning her. That, my friends, is shallow but I've seen it time and again from the liberal bases. Cry,cry,cry about her but she is resonating with a conservative base that is going to rise up at the polls in November of 2010. You libs will remember this statement for a LONG time!

    December 16, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. brandon

    I'd rather be told what could happen to the earth by Al Gore than have Palin telling me the government is going to kill my grandma.

    December 16, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. DJ

    I am a scientist and I think the following is a load of BS:

    "Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it."- Sarah Palin

    Seriously America, she needs to not be elected. We cannot stand another idiot. We are trying to fix what has happened with the last one. This idiot is also a racist and major hypocrite.

    She needs to get her facts strait about what we are doing to our environment. She is more concerned about drilling more oil in Alaska and getting a Republican Presidential Nomination.

    On top of that, I think republicans are wasting some serious space in government these days. Talk about being conservative, they need to step down so as to minimize government. I think it would be a good series of lay-offs for the American Taxpayers.

    No Republicans in Government = Major Tax breaks + Faster Smarter Decisions + Budget Surplus

    Gotta love the Govenator.... And, I am from California... and liberal Democrat.

    December 16, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Al

    There is not stopping it. We should focus on how to survive and shelter our meek instead of "creating" new green jobs and co, stock deals, portfolios–get rich ala Al Gore. Its a waste of man power and money to try to stop the planet...we should be spending our resource on how to adapt.

    December 16, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Bob

    If there is debate on beauty queens or the best recipe for Moose Chili, I would listen to her.. On anything else , she is a complete neophyte.

    December 16, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. nick

    Palin is out of touch with reality. When the Atlantic Ocean covers New York City then maybe, just maybe, the GOPer's will see that they were wrong... and, as usual, they will be a day late and a dollar short!

    December 16, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. larryfromtexas

    While I appreciate Arnold taking time to deal with Silly Sarah, I hate to see anybody with a serious thought in their head wasting effort on that twit. The right-wingers set the bar for their idols so very, very low.

    December 16, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Dave M

    I do understand the tremendous industrial base that Alaska has, and adding any additional burdensome regulations to Alaskas clean air requirements may hamstring the many thousands of jobs that may not be added because of these regulations.
    I applaude the forward thinking of Sarah!

    December 16, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. C from middle GA

    Ahnold has it right – all she is interested in is her career – it's all about Sarah – at least in her eyes... Isn't it time for her to go wolf-hunting or something?

    December 16, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. AEK

    Okay, the only time she opens her mouth is to switch feet! She is the quitter, the hater, she prostitutes her children to the press and then complains about infringement on her privacy. She barely finished college and yet now apparently she's an expert on energy policy because the McCain campaign had to come up with some kind of excuse for selecting her (Hint: Dick Chaney told them they had to!). Remember she quit that energy regulation job in Alaska too. Probably too stressful. Mrs. Palin needs to go back to Wasilla and manage that REALLY expensive community center she had built!

    December 16, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. SD

    Seriously Palin......get lost. You're a tired person with nothing intelligent to say.

    December 16, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. russell

    I hope this nimrod Palin does attempt to run for Potus in 2012 , so everyone can really see how much of an idiot she is , at least Arnold didn't quit his job as govenor , Palin is nothing more that a blue-eyed devil trying to get rich from her minions with a book full of lies , at least some in the republican party knows she's a self-serving idiot , If she were ever to get near the White house this country is truely doomed ......

    December 16, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. g vin

    Sarah, please don't talk about your experience as a "Governor". You can not complete even one term of a backward state ; and that Alaska has huge natural oil revenues is not an accomplishment of yours in anyway!!

    December 16, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Maverick

    This must really be a slow news day. Who cares what caribou barbie thinks or says. In over fifty years of observing "public" people, Palin is the most uniformed and uneducated of any public person I have ever seen or heard of. The most frightful thought though is that the religious right wing of the republican party actually thinks she is at least semi-intelligent. God help us if this faction of the republican party every takes power.!!

    December 16, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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