December 9th, 2009
09:17 AM ET
8 years ago

Palin calls for Obama to boycott climate change conference

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin is calling on President Obama to boycott the Copenhagen climate change conference next week."](CNN) –Sarah Palin has taken to the Washington Post op-ed page to urge President Barack Obama to cancel his scheduled appearance at the Copenhagen climate change conference next week.

Referencing private e-mails from climate change scientists at a research facility in Britain that were hacked and published on the Internet late last month, Palin said now is not the time for the President to show his support for the "radical environmental movement."

"Instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante, Palin writes. "He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a 'deal.' Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people."

Palin added Obama's underlying political objective is to increase pressure on Congress to pass the Democrats "cap and trade" energy proposal that is expected to be debated early next year.

"This is a political move. The last thing America needs is misguided legislation that will raise taxes and cost jobs - particularly when the push for such legislation rests on agenda-driven science," writes Palin. "Without trustworthy science and with so much at stake, Americans should be wary about what comes out of this politicized conference. The president should boycott Copenhagen."

At the vice presidential debate last year, Palin said she was for capping carbon emissions but did not elaborate on how she would do that.

Filed under: Energy • Popular Posts • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Dale

    How did she know she could even write a piece for them when she doesn't read the Washington Post? Oh, yeah, that's right – her ghostwriter probably reads it for her as well.

    Fortunately, Obama has better things to do than take seriously a group of hacked emails that have been edited in order to present views that are not what has been determined by science. You know, science. Experiementation of theories through rational thought. Oh, I forgot, the people who have jumped onboard this "Global Warming emails booga-booga" thing don't think rationally. No wonder Palin is one of them.

    December 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Brian phoenix

    Dear Sarah,
    Then perhaps you can explain why Shismeref is slowly being eaten away by the sea; a village that has been there for hundreds of years. Perhaps you can explain why Polar bears are slowly going extinct. Perhaps you can explain why the Moldives are slowly going under water and the people there are going to have find a new home. Please also explain why the glaciers in Alaska are rapidly melting as are the ones in Europe, China, etc.

    December 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. keo

    Now is not the time for the President to yield to the radical environmental-denialist movement.

    December 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Peggy - TX

    One email by one scientist from one institution does not equate to a genarl assertion of “fraudulent scientific practices;” however, a series of alleged illegal practices by this one failed former Governor of Alaska does show a pattern of incompetence and willful ignorance.

    “Without trustworthy science” Palin said. I am truly shocked!!!. Did your witch doctor – advisor NOT concur with the vast majority of leading Scientist of the day.

    December 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Indy

    Just because Palin likes to boycott the truth, her job, interviews,reality to name a few does not mean the President of the United States of America should boycott this important event. The old Republican mantra of boycotting has been well proven to not work and is the oldest of old politics.

    December 9, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Vindex

    This is not surprising. It seems to be the GOP way of dealing with everything these days: Quit, ignore, run away, just say No.

    December 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Who cares what she says...

    Right!!! Who else should we listen to when it comes to science and global warming if not you Sarah???... Who cares about the Polar ice, let's drill baby drill! Florida and Dallas just had snow, Chicago hadn't seen any until about a week ago... Right, this is just a natural cycle which keeps happening just like the dinosaurs once lived in our backyards...

    December 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. R in Maine

    That is the Tea Party approach. Just ignore the problem and hope that it goes away. Blame someone else if it doesn't.

    December 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. susanj

    What can I say? She's a religious fanatic and an idiot. She lives in Alaska, where global warming is most prevalent. She is a complete and total moron.

    December 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Bob in Pa

    More and more people in the scientific community want to hold back and have an independent study of the methods used to formulate the theory of Global Warming. Why all the sudden are our political leaders so gung -ho to throw us full speed ahead ?
    I would say send someone to take notes only, BO should stay home.

    December 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. S.- AR

    You CNN and Wolf Blitzer continue to campaign for Palin. From day one in office, President Obama has been assaulted by people like you. You people are campaigning against the President four years - the longest campaign in HISTORY! You will do whatever to uplift Palin. You know that she is not writing any thing that she puts out. She cannot even talk.

    December 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. haren

    I don't buy anything coming from this lady.
    A lady who quit her job to make money.
    Looks like she can not see north pole from her house.

    December 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Carlos

    And miss another photo op apology tour, not a chance.

    December 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Mlhall

    Palin, if you wanted to stay in politic you should have stayed as Governor of Alaska, but you decided to sell a book you did not write, so who do you think want to hear any thing you have to say.

    While you are at it, tell your party how to run thing, they are the one who need direction.

    President Obama don’t need your help at all, if he start taking order from you I am going to get very, very, very worry. It took you 6 years 5 collages to get a degree that should have take 4 years and you think you can tell some one something, I don’t think so. Go take care of your own life, OK

    December 9, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    Sarah cant you leave the president alone. What right do you have to tell him what to do and what not to do. Go back to your book tour with the people who love you dearly, and cant see what you are like. You should be in Alaska where you kids can get an education instead of toating them all over. May be then one of them would be a better person then you are, but I imagine they have learned to lie and hate from you.

    December 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Mr Sparkle

    and what exactly is this agenda? All of the scientists in the world are conspiring together to create this imaginary threat but for what end? I hope the rest of the US realizes how incredibly ignorant this woman is.

    December 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Just Me

    And I call for CNN to boycot Palin. Enough of her already. Quitter!

    December 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. ral-oh

    Governor-who-quit Palin, always likes to criticize the POTUS but never has any concrete answers for what she would propose to do.

    How do you plan to cap emissions, Governor-who quit Palin?
    What? Your ghost writers/handlers must have left you out of the loop.

    Thanks for playing, but no on takes you seriously anymore.

    December 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Dave

    "Instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante, Palin writes."

    That's comical. This moron wouldn't know the difference between fraudulent and legitimate scientific practices if they slapped her in the face. Please, Sarah, leave these issues to the people with measurable IQs.

    December 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Ron in Oregon

    Even though villages in the state of Alaska are falling into the ocean due to the warming of the ocean and delayed freeze-up each year, this woman still denies global warming/climate change. And she could be the next president? I'm moving somewhere else if that happens.

    December 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. afmca

    OMG .. we are now expected to take scientific advice from Sarah Palin. Have Americans really gotten that stupid? Intelligent discourse not allowed. If you don't agree ... boycott. Republicans are so mature. The Republicans want us to look backward instead of forward. Grasp the old not the new. Defend 20th century corporations while ignoring 21st century job opportunities. I guess they are placing all their hope on their God coming down and fixing everything we broke since they offer no solutions of their own.

    December 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. P. COCHRAN

    for god's sake who does this ignorant woman think she is????? CNN i am ashamed of you for letting this hillbillie have air-time. i have stopped watching your program and now i quess i will stop reading this meaningless garbage that you keep posting about a nobody like sarah palin. get a grip CNN, she is no more than the rest of us outhere. she is an idiot that wants stage time for her ignorant blabbering. please STOP!!!!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. haren

    Obama should not listen any thing coming from any republicans.
    he was elected by american public on his ideas, and he should stick to them.

    December 9, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Palin's right.

    At this point, no one has any idea at all whether there's anything in support of "climate change" that can be trusted–if they can cherry-pick and outright fabricate data in one place, nothing says they can't do it for any other kind of data at any other place. The economic stakes are just to high to let policy be dictated by lies.

    December 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Rosebud

    She's not intelligent enough to make this request. If it was up to her... we'd be up to our shorelines in oil rigs and pollution.

    December 9, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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