December 16th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
9 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. tim nyc

    Sarah's a scientist! She understands the historical background of climate change! It has nothing do with human activity!

    She's absolutely clueless. I can't wait until she's president. God help us all then. Just what we need– the dumb leading the dumber.

    December 16, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Edward Veidt

    Sarah... do you really think the governor of California is going to worry about criticism from an unemployed, professional Facebook user?

    December 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Californian for ecology

    Ms Pailin may live in a state that does experience melting of the ice buy is Alaska burdened by a large population? Has Alaska experienced industrialization to the same extent as California? Ms Palin can only think in linear and not dimensionally. Has she seen the LA basin so smoggy from sulfer dioxide emmissions that her eyes burn and its hard to breath? Do they, in Alaska, have major traffic jams 20 out of 24 hours? They have a bridge to nowhere but do they have hundreds of bridges crisscrossing all over the state to move traffic?
    Alaska has not and never will experience the same impacts that California has. Ms Palin, STFU and go back to your backyard and watch Russia, you can be our first line of defense against an invasion!!!

    December 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Todd M

    What was Palin's sub-cabinets findings or stance on global warming? Did she quit before they were able to investigate anything. Anyone can =say they did something, but you actually have to point to the real accomplishments.

    I still have very large doubts about her abilities and accomplishments. She was governor of one of the smallest states, population wise. The state budget was fully funded by oil and gas revenues from the states trust fund. She also had one of the smallest prison systems in the nation when she was casting judgement on Romney.

    She has never had to answer the hard questions that governors from larger states have had to answer, tax revenue shortfalls, diverse population (75% caucasian, 18% Inuit/native american). And my personal favorite. If it takes you 5 different universities to get your degree, I'm not putting you at the top of my list. No matter what.

    December 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Frank

    I may not have supported Arnold for Governor, but I'll take his opinion over that of Looney Toons Palin any day of the week. Geez, does this moron ever shut up? She's an embarrassment to Alaska, women, and the United States.

    December 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Leif Crick

    Two things:

    1. Palin didn't write this

    2. Didn't she quit the job her ghost writer is bragging about here? Her idiotic opinions matter why?

    Oh, and yes, I'm scared to death of Sarah Palin blahblahblah.

    December 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. German,Irish American

    Just more of a common sense approach, especially since the leaked e-mail scandal. While I like Arnold, I think he got slapped down pretty good on this one. One question, why are the warmers trying to suppress and deny dissenting scientists views? As for Al Gore, after his speech at Copenhagen how can anyone in the world take him seriously? If you "follow the money," it goes directly into Gore's greedy pockets.

    December 16, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Richard L

    Arnold shouldn't get too excited. After all, it's Sarah Palin and no one expects her comments to reflect any depth.

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

    Arnold has 50 cars, several mansions and a bigger "carbon footprint" then even al gore does, but he wants all of us little people to live like serfs. People like him, the kennedys, pelosi, gore, kerry, edwards, make me sick. Limosuine liberals and RINO republicans are exactly what has caused us to lose our financial status in the world, and Sarah Palin is EXACTLY what America needs to get us back to where we once were.

    December 16, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. JD

    Boy, Republicans–don't you want her as your nominee? Look how well she gets along with everybody!

    December 16, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Jim

    She questions whether climate change is being caused by man. She is using political scheming and rhetoric to attack people and defend herself, but notice that she isn't using science. That's because there is no science that proves her point. All the deniers do is find a few elements they disagree with of the overall science, but they really don't have a more plausible alternate theory that stands up to scrutiny. Why does she get any attention from the media? What justifies her celebrity at this point?

    December 16, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. RichP the Pocono's

    Lets see, former body builder, actor and now governor vs college graduate, certified school teacher, various real working jobs, various elected positions, ex governor of Alaska, gee, tough choice, now if she had only been a community organizer only she could be president.
    I wonder how much stock Arnold has in Al's company.

    December 16, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Libertarian

    What a coward this woman truly is. She refuses to validate ANY of her comments and simply hide behind Facebook posts like a teenager. At least Schwarzenegger stands before the people and reporters when he makes his comments and takes questions to back up his statements.

    This woman did nothing for Alaska except clear the way for more oil exploration and drilling. The oil companies design the economic outlines for Alaska and then tell the Governor how it's gonna go down.

    I honestly think the "right" believes she is their "Savior" LOL

    December 16, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. holding up the mirror

    If there were more Repubs like Arnold, then the party would not have lost the respect of the country. Blowtorches like Palin, Limbaugh and Beck have thrown the party of Lincoln back hundreds of years, which may be where they want to be... flat earth.... earth is center of the universe... church in charge of government.....
    BTW.... Arnold is right on about Sarah; she chases the camera and is interested in nothing more than making money. I guess Levi was right about that part. She has nothing substantive to offer about climate issues, energy policy, foreign policy or financial policy. But I bet she's fun to have a beer with....

    December 16, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. christi

    Hmmm...chicken little. Guess she can only reply on her facebook page instead of a legimitate comment. Figures...

    December 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Beverly

    Just make her go away. She is unabashedly divisive for, it appears, no other reason than her own promotion. She sure is loose with spreading misinformation. It's sad, really, that someone who could harness her "popularity" to do some good chooses not to.

    December 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Bubble of Sanity

    Why don't we just put gloves on both of them and let them duke it out? Then we could put it on ABC as another "reality" show, and have a replacement for "Dancing with the Stars."

    It would be a fair fight. Arnold's athletic build is more than compensated by his advanced age and time behind a desk.

    December 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Big Ed

    If Palin does not believe in climate change, why did she form a sub-cabinet position on the subject (if in fact she actually did do that).

    December 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. mjm

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

    Very well said. The sun burns hotter at times, that's all. Man has nothing to do with it. If you want to work on pollution, fine. Just don't tell me the sky is falling and Al Gore is the only one who can save us.

    Only democrats think they can control the sun.

    December 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. bob

    The rest of the 49 states should get oil kickbacks. Alaskans are subsidized by big oil companies. We already know Palin is waist deep in oil.

    December 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Chris D.

    I support and rejoice in healthy debate.....though the psuedo intellect of SP kill me sometimes......The fact that we can't point to the last 200 years of awesome innovation, but unprecedented pollution due to her belief that we can't primarily blame man's activities for climate change, is an insult to facts in plain view......I'm a christian, who believes God is in control of all.....however in my beliefs it is also a fact that man was left to be stewards, and caretakers of the earth.......so yes it is man's job to keep the earth as descent as possible.

    December 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Pat

    Everywhere this woman goes she creates animosity. Can you imagine what kind of bipartisanship would be created with her influence? I mean, I would think that she would at least try to get along with Schwarzenegger, who is a fellow republican. I think he nailed it when he indicated that her number one priority is achieving the nomination. Alaska was left to flap in the wind so she could pursue her "priorities". Scary woman.

    December 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Chuck

    How does the former governor of Alaska know that the climate change is just nature doing its thing? She couldn't even answer a simple question like "what do you read".

    This from an elected official who didn't have the back bone to complete the term she was elected to fill. Reason MONEY, MONEY.

    December 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Don

    I'm sure 'Pain'lin knows all she knows of climate change from sitting on her front porch and watching what's happening across in the Soviet Union. As long as Alaska was making money from the Oil Boys she was very happy to let them do what they wanted.

    This backwoods bimbo should go back to her front porch and stay there.

    December 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. BabyNubbins

    She sure does look good in that hat doesn't she? It's always nice to see a woman who's not afraid to just lay it all out there, and look good doing it. Way to go Sarah!

    December 16, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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