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. jim

    I'd say Schwarzenegger scored a direct hit.

    December 16, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. James

    Is she implying that environmental policies are the cause of our deficit? Wow.

    December 16, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Chris

    Haha. that is a great comeback for Gore's gravity. Is it just me or is Palin getting better and better as the months roll by? Maybe the libs should start dissing her on her personal life instead of her policies. that way they might have a chance of winning.

    December 16, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Buffalo Bill

    OK now let's think, not "feel". We can not control the sun, we can not change ocean currents, we can not prevent a volcanic eruption, nor can we stop a a hurricane, a tornado, or even a gust of wind for that matter! One thing we can and WILL stop is socialism....let freedom ring! A tidal wave of common sense conservatism is coming in 2010 and 2012!

    December 16, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Scott O,Canada

    Sarah belongs to "The World is Flat" lineage of thinking. Much like the ultraconservative rebute of ozone depletion facts, she is trying to satiate the ultraconservatives and is a minion of corporate America. Wise men have the to ability to see what lies around the next corner. Sarah's inability to see past her own nose however will continue to weather away any remaining credibility she might enjoy.

    December 16, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Republican against Palin

    Palin should be ignored. She'll say whatever gets her in the news to sell books and promote her career. No person could actually be as consistently poorly informed as she sounds.

    December 16, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Sgt. USMC

    This woman is always in conflict with something or someone. Then, when people question her on the real issues, she plays the victim of "liberal media". She's not going anywhere and might as well give it up. The day she runs for President people will look at our Government as one big joke.

    December 16, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Carolina de la Rocha

    You also quit your job.

    December 16, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. a7m

    Palin says she "was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change." Typical Republican strategy. They waste money on creating departments that don't work– because they don't think government should do anything. What a waste of money.

    December 16, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. jeff

    It seems many people are missing the point entirely of the conference, Sarah. it is not about pointing fingers at human beings or any particular cause. It is about preparing ourselves for the inevitable, while at the same time being honest about our wasteful lifestyles. Developing countries have less impact than developed nations, yet they feel it the most. They are trying to find solutions to their problems. The conference is not all about blame, but about preparing ourselves for major changes, human caused or not.

    A narrow world view will not get us anywhere. The economy that you keep referring will be in more peril in 50 years if we don't have frank and honest dialogue about it now. Without a healthy climate you might as well kiss your economy goodbye because the resources it depends on will be more scarce down the road and the very framework you are attempting to protect will be more vulnerable.

    December 16, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Skee in Florida

    Looking at the bigger picture here is like looking into a crystal ball, it shows you the future......

    Haley Barbour and Eric Cantor were asked recently if they believe that Sarah Palin has the experience to be President of the United States, neither one would answer the question.....

    In fact, their Non-Answer is really their True Answer, anyone with a clear conscience and reasonable intelligence, can say without a doubt this woman is in no way qualified to President of anything, let alone of the United States of America......

    People that have Presidential qualitys, do not argue and bicker with anyone and everyone that critcizes them, this woman even bickers with Comedians and TV personalitys, she's extremely childish in the way she deals with criticism....

    Her supporters have to be as shallow as she is to support such an embarrassing person like Sarah Palin, all she really cares about is seeking and getting Attention.....!

    December 16, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Jon

    Why these public officials continue to respond to the comments and allegations of private citizens is still beyond me. If you like her or not, Palin is still a private citizen and should not warrant all this attention.

    December 16, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Cathy in AZ

    Sarah Palin continues to prove why she is not capable to even entertain the idea of running for President. She is ill informed on most if not ALL subjects. Besides, she have to take a pay cut as President. I continue to blame John McCain for foisting her on the american public! One day I hope to hear him apologize for choosing her as his running mate.

    December 16, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Tony

    It is a good thing that just about everything that is done Palin is right there to say "I did that"..

    December 16, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Tania

    Palin isn't doing the commenting. The postings are in full comprehensible sentences (even though the concepts behind them may be incomprehensible). She should debate people (all of them) LIVE, just her, with no ghost writers nor posters. We'd then see how her synapses "work." Why is she commenting anyway? Hey, CNN, I'm smart and I have opinions - interview me!

    December 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. lipreader

    Wow, a debate between Arnold and Palin. Who could possibly moderate such a clash of intellectual titans?

    I wonder if Larry the Cable Guy is available?

    December 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Royster

    Of course Palin left HER state running perfectly when SHE QUIT as governor....right.

    Arnold got it right...why would someone quit their political job, then go around bashing all the other politicians unless they DO have a hidden agenda?? Then when Palin gets attacked, she resorts to 'Bible' retorts (i.e. 'geener than thou???') thinking it gives her credibility.

    Finally...."doomsday scenarios"?? Palin is the one who 'invented' the death panel misinformation in her hysterical effort to deride health care reform and deny millions of Americans access to the care they deserve!

    Evidently having nothing to do all day except push her book and twitter away has given Ms. Palin some false smug sense of superiority.

    December 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. lauren caldwell

    how much longer can we bear her ignorance? Really! How does she get away with it?

    December 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Bob in Pa

    Amen Sister Sarah.

    December 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. JC

    People like her will never learn the easy way. Unfortunately its our children and their children will pay the price. Lets not focus on people like her. Its like talking to a wall. Lets look at all the facts and do what is needed and do our part.

    December 16, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Allan

    Why does the press keep giving this woman the time of the day. Really? There is nothing better to report on?

    December 16, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Unknown To Some

    Like Palin or not, I see nothing wrong with her comments. They are accurate. California IS in serious trouble and their legislature did everything they could to put them there.

    December 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Clint

    "Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it." Stupefying in its lack of grasp of science and reality. I have another one for you: "Self serving hack politicians with egos as large as Denali are a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, education and personal ethics attempt to affect it." By the way, super hat darlin'.

    December 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. benvictor

    Go Sarah, or should I say Going Rogue. Great Book. Sarah is simply toying with Arnie who is still upset his wife was texting while driving. In the meantime, the White House is trying to run a country while uninvited guests, it is reported, have free access to the White House. Seems the CNN reporting is lopsided, but who cares.

    December 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Al

    I have to believe that Senator McCain wishes that he had never picked up that empty bottle, rubbed it and released this Geni. This woman is a complete nutcase. I thought Rush Limbaugh was a flake, he now sounds like a rocket scientist compared to Sarah. Will someone out there please put her back into that bottle.

    December 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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