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.

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soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. carlos, THAT one

    an obscure do nothing in alaska....and soon to be an obscure it

    December 9, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Ed Tallahassee

    You'd think since she lives in Alaska that she'd see what global warming does first hand and try to help her state out.

    But I guess that isn't a good position for someone trying to become Mrs. Conservative USA.

    December 9, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Arvidel in IL

    Sarah Palin is in the denial stage of the Kubler-Ross cycle. She should be ashamed for speaking publicly against the science of climate change. Climate change is real and it exists, whether or not she believes if humans are responsible. The science is confirmed. She could go to any respectable source of science and confirm this simple fact. Climate change is happening whether she accepts it or not. There is poetic justice to be served for people like Sarah Palin.

    December 9, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. ran

    CNN please stop reporting on this person.

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

    CNN's found a way to get that picture of Palin up again, I see.

    Does it increase traffic to the Political Ticker?

    December 9, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. RN

    There is a lot of trustworthy science out there to support global warming.
    But, even if you want to argue about that – as many will, ask yourselves this: is it better to do nothing now and find out we needed to – and then need to race to survive- OR is it better to act now on the best evidence and then find out that we did more than we needed to and relax the standards in the future?
    Palin is trying to keep herself in the news – she is not a leader and she will never gain the understanding of the complex issues we face as a nation if she does not shut up long enough to learn about them.
    The President is a leader and this country is in bad need of adult supervision.

    December 9, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Lynne

    Key words that define Palin and the outspoken Republican naysayers: "but did not elaborate how she would do that." Perhaps CNN should demand an interview so she could elaborate rather than continually report her uncontested drivel??

    December 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Marco V

    If anyone is misguided it is she. I hope she runs for will be a slaughter!

    December 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. jim in tx

    Seriously, like PBO needs advice from Caribou Barbie.

    December 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Dottie G

    I cannot believe what I am reading. Where did Sarah Palin get her schooling? I guess it took her five colleges to see which one would give her the passing grade. What is she reading!!!!! Can't she see for herself that the ice is melting. What other proof does this woman need to see to prove to her that global warming is causing a lot of this melting.

    Why is she still giving her uneducated opinion about such things as climate change. The press is giving her too much freedom to write all the crap she has been writing. Why won't she GO AWAY!!!!!

    December 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Susan

    Radical? Where has she been for the last 30 years?

    December 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Concerned

    And how is she relevant?
    Saying anything outrageous enough just to insert herself into discussions and get her face plastered all over the news.

    December 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. ibchilling@cnn

    I bet you every time this woman talks, McCain is hitting himself for creating a brainless monster and making her believe she actually has an opinion worth sharing to the American people. Palin, I know according to you there is no climate change. It is a myth. I suggest you look at one of the cities in your ex-state of Alaska how citizens are being driven out of their homes due to climate change. I can't wait for 2012 presidential elections for this woman to have a rude awakening when she realizes that she is not ready for the national scene on her own. Little does she know that last elections she was protected by McCain. Then and only then will this woman vamoose!

    December 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. SAI

    And while Sarah fiddles, there are villages in Alaska (which she used to govern so effectively before abdicating) which are on their last legs as the ice shelf is melting away. Forget being able to see Russia, she may not be able to see all of Alaska as parts of it melt off into the ocean.

    Scientific advice from Sarah – what next? The world awaits breathlessly.

    December 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Michael

    THis lady knows nothing of science. She didn't even know about fruit fly research in genetics.

    December 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Linda

    And like robots, Democrats seem to want to keep repeating same political talking points. "The debate is over". "It's settled science". "there is no dispute".

    As we've learned by history with the Democrats, they say the opposite of reality. So, let's see.

    The reality is "We've worked hard to stop debate" "It's not based on science, but skued data to support the end claims" "There is no consensus on our claims and we don't even know how to explain that the tempatures have been falling"

    Oh yeah and knowing that all this was created iin the end 80's when they carefully chose their meeting for the hottest day of the year in DC, went in and openned all the windows in the chamber so the a/c wasn't working the next morning for this hearing, that THEY started the IPCC which they now refer to as the lead voice on this, which of course the IPCC uses the data skued by the Scientists that we have now seen after leak, Sarah is correct again.

    December 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. charles

    Sorry, if you don't believe in evolution you dont get to have an opinion on science.

    December 9, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Molly Weasley

    Last year John McCain and Sarah Palin RAN on using a cap-and-trade system. She didn't understand it then, and she doesn't understand it now.

    Instead, she uses a ghost-written op-ed to parrot GOP talking points.

    Spend some time actually reading instead of charging people money to take pictures with you, Ms. Palin. Then you might actually learn something.

    December 9, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Hendrik

    Oh, shut up you fool. The picture is a good representation of your brains: Whacked.

    December 9, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Brian

    I really didn't think Palin could be any more of an idiot, and here I stand corrected.

    December 9, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. GKT

    Well, what do you expect from the mindset "drill baby drill?"

    December 9, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. TLH

    She really doesnb't have an educated, researched and well-thought out perspective on this scientific matter. It has been said if you don't have a good understanding of a topic, you'll appear a lot more intelligent if you don't put forth an opinion. In her case, she opines a lot about topics she clearly has a lack of knowledge on. She would be best served to take her book money and disappear for a year or two and attempt to see if she has the ability to immerse herself in bona-fide issues and learn what ALL the angles are - and THEN come out with opinions, plans and strategies. Problem is... she's shown this is not in her makeup. Until then, it's too bad the GOP can't come up with someone who has the ability to start putting together a conservative strategy that isn't so radically right-wing and doesn't come across as "opposing anything and everything someone from outside their party says" - and can get those of us who are independents to seriously consider them as a real candidate. Palin just isn't it... yet she continues to get lime light.

    December 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Dee G. - CT Voter

    Honestly, does ANYONE really care what this bimbo thinks???

    December 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. asdf

    Why is it the same people that distrust and hate science also love religion, tend to be right wing and vote republican. These are the same people whose grandparents wanted Scopes to be hung in the square for teaching natural selection in the 1920's but are the first to want antibiotics and vaccines for themselves and their kids (neither of which would be possible without Darwins theory). People complain we are falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to education. Could it be because the right would rather have us go back to the middle ages where only the high priest Palin knew what was right for us and education would only corrupt us?

    December 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. BobinNY

    And yet people like this dim bulb want you to buy the story that there were no dinosaurs and a magic man waved his wand and made everything in the universe appear. Perhaps she will change her mind when Alaska is under all the water from the melting ice caps?

    December 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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