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. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    Palin is at least talking about something she's highly knowledgeable about – FRAUD.

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |

    Yeah Sarah, we should also protest the ridiculous Copernicus theory from 1400 that states the Sun is the center of the solar system. We all know that the Earth is flat and is the center of the universe right?
    Well, all those in the ignorant far-right creationist brainless universe you live in that is.
    Oh yeah and all those liberal scientists who told us for 50 years that cigarettes cause lung cancer, they are all idiots aren't they? Please Sarah, run in 2012 – Obama will crush you like a bug.

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Babs

    Why is she still around? I think there has been enough discussion out there to say that something needs to happen. We already look like fools to the other countries that will be at the conference...she is just adding to that perception.

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Jen&Jay2011

    You've got to be kidding me – boycott climate change conference? Thank the lord this woman is not the Vice President!

    No matter what people do or say, no matter if truth or falsehoods are told, all intelligent individuals have to do is look out their windows, look at pictures around the world, read the news regarding all of the natural disasters happening at an increasingly alarming rate and to see how natural habitat are coping with the climate changing to know that something has to be done.

    Mother nature is the most powerful force imaginable and to ignore her would be disasterous.

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin needs to take Newt Gingrich advice and study before she just opens her mouth and jump right in. Palin never talks about anything she has researched it's all about what she has heard in the media. Palin knows absolutely nothing about science and she will be asked what are her science study credentials findings. Palin needs to learn if you know nothing about the subject it is best to keep your mouth shut to save yourself from embarrassment.

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. tim nyc

    Boycott the conference? what an absolute moronic idea from someone who has less understanding of the perils of global warming and climate change than my dogs. I'm sure the teabaggers will support's an idea: why don't you all move to a remote island somewhere far away and have one big town hall meeting that last the rest of your lives ( and where you can argue about subjects you can't possibly comprehend).

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. johnrj08

    Oh brother. The queen of anti-intellectuals has spoken, without even knowing that the recent hacked emails of scientists does nothing to controvert the evidence that global warming is real.

    December 9, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. chase

    oh, another CNN story on Sarah Palin. Its Lovely how every twitts and facebook comments such an irrelevant woman makes becomes so relevant to the liberal media. Haven't ya'll notice how, CNN, MSNBC along with the lamestream media are more interested in Palin then FOX news? Fear breeds fear i suppose. I can see all these liberal network anchors running around completely nuts among the cubicles asking...why haven't we intimidated her from talking? and why in the world is her approval ratings going up after months of critism and mockery from the media and hollywood????? why why why?

    oh such feable minds these news folks have. this is indeed a reflection of how disconnected the media is with the average folks. here's a hint CNN....hollywood and celebrities are not the average everday american and do not represent the country as a whole. yes, really.

    December 9, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Whew, glad missy spoke up.

    I am sure President Obama has been waiting breathlessly for the input from an airhead whose latest reading material for information was a drive up window menu!

    December 9, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. don abel

    Palin you are great keep up the fight against the president who want to socializingus

    December 9, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. LouAz

    The only thing this ding-bat knows about the Earth's climate is that it snows in Alaska during some part of the year. Doubt if she could tell anyone the difference between centihite and farengrade. What a gal !

    December 9, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Cliff

    Palin shut up! You are a feak woman, you aren't real...I don't know why is still posting her comments. She is ignorant and has no idea what is the best for the country. She knows a little about climate change.

    December 9, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Charles Darwin

    Sarah Palin is an unlettered, ignorant woman and ought to be ignored. She is, by her stupidity aiding and abetting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

    December 9, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Laurie

    Thanks for the intelligent opinion bimbo. CNN cannot go one day without this idiot on the ticker. Her insight is invaluable to the nation. Another snipet of wisdom from the quitter/liar! Thanks CNN

    December 9, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Jay Gregs

    First I'm supposed to believe she wrote a book (non pop-up) and now I'm to believe she is an expert on science? Maybe Kirk Cameron explained it to her. How anyone thinks a few HACKED emails can dislodge thousands of peir reviewed scientific articles is beyond me. I wish there was some cream we could rub on her and just make her go away, like some sort of wart remover!

    December 9, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Enough

    Not likely, considering he should. Obama doesn't do anything that makes sense. The Climate change (formerly global warming) conference is a bunch a baloney as the hacked emails from the Liberal scientists have proven.

    December 9, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Apparently Palin is no different than many other Republicans in the fact that they have no imagination and no respect for science. She is just showing that she is an ideologue and a slave to the massive industrial lobby. If she had any imagination, she would be calling for new businesses to develop ways to either contain or reduce the pollution that is coming out and find a way to make a profit that way.

    December 9, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Dee

    And our President should call on her to return to Alaska and sign books there. Save our country!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Um, actually, Sarah, the scientific proof of global warming is pretty overwhelming. The scientists in question chose to ignore dendrochronology data that disagreed with their other findings. As someone who has worked with dendrochronologists, I can tell you that it is a very inexact science which often yields questionable results. But don't listen to pretty much every climate scientist who is not bought and paid for by the oil and coal industries. After all, republicans live in a post-reality world where truth is whatever your corporate masters tell you it is. Have a nice day!

    December 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Scott in Atlanta

    I call for Palin to shut up!

    December 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Kate

    How does this woman get off with telling the President what he should do.......the campaign is OVER Palin and you are no longer a have not said if your running for the next election........your just another ordinary person in this country.......just because you wrote a Book of Lies that doesn't give you the right to tell our President what he should do........besides TWO FACED MOMMA you said you were FOR CAPPING CARBON EMISSIONS when you were running as now are you saying your against it? What a loser and Quitter..........but you lame brained idiots that support her are just a nuts as she is if not worse.........

    December 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. File under "Sarcasm"

    We don't need to worry about having to pass Cap and Trade through Congress, Obama's EPA announced they'd do it unilaterally! Reminds you of places like Iran and Argentina where a dictator runs things without any regard for the people or their elected officials.

    December 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. charlie in Maine

    That's right Barack you should take advice from this quitter. After all she turned the McCain campaign into such a three-ring circus. In fact you should put her in your administration. Do you have a post for "Ambassador to nowhere?"

    December 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Jeff in Virginia

    CNN, have you no journalistic integrity?

    Anybody with a brain knows that Sarah Palin did not write this piece in the Washington Post.

    Instead of parroting her, you should be calling her out. That is what journalists do.

    December 9, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Sal

    She's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Why is it that she and other radicals oppose science?

    December 9, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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