December 16th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin fires back at Schwarzenegger

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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."

Filed under: Arnold Schwarzenegger • Energy • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Leigh

    Sure, she's a fascinating (not in a good way...) character and I wouldn't care if she got her own talk show or even sitcom on Fox.

    But I will never take her seriously as a politician.

    December 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. AndyB

    Neither of them have leadership qualities. Arnold has run California into a ditch just like Bush did to America. Palin is intellectually challenged and a quitter. The only thing she has going for her is she's not bad looking and she's a good sheepherder.

    December 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. SteveMO

    Palin – A good example of the "Separation of Church & State". Some people believe in the separation of church and _________. Whether the blank contains a politically motivated separation (i.e. "State") or a physical separation (i.e. "Religious convictions should not influence a persons decisions") doesn't matter. "Church" or "Religion" is nothing better than a club if we, the people, are expected to separate our "Religious Convictions" from the things we do in life; personal or political. What Mrs. Palin is really saying is this; 'Since God created this world and His prophets predicted current events (i.e. The decline of earth, middle east conflict, etc.), what's the point of fighting a losing battle at the expense of the people and jobs?' Palin is a good example of how ridiculous it is to expect us to separate religious convictions from our political decisions. If that were possible, then our religion is worthless; nothing more than a "club affiliation" – no matter what the religion! Palin is using Wisdom behind her decisions. So far, all the 'Separation of Church and State' laws have done nothing more than harm free will and progress. The former USSR vs. the USA in the 1900's is proof that good ideas don't come from one who is restrained where a nation of freedom prospers. People are so blind.

    December 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. wbtman

    Maybe the "news" media will get on this story now. Climate change is a sham. The people that push it are due to make millions each, including the sham artist Gore. Until the media starts reporting actual news instead of spinning an agenda they will have as much credibility as the Nobel Prize organization after their last 3 nominations. Keep up the "good" work guys.

    December 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. ART

    Some of the comments made by this woman are laughable.I have to wonder who is she really that stupid ?

    December 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Willow

    The "Quitter in Chief" or Lightweight Sarah is heading for a knockout when 'mixing it up' with Arnie! I hope he knocks her lights out, and anticipate he will!!!!

    She is such a loudmouth liar, has no credibility and no political platform to speak from other than the platforms on her shoes..... She is inconsequential and irrelevant!

    December 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. US citizen

    Gov. S should shut up and try to get his state back on track before he makes Michican look like a gold mine. California is a perfect example of what happens when a government is allowed to over regulate. Sarah is no genius but she has a point on this topic.

    December 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. simpkins

    hey Palin, why don't you find a real job ? you gave up the governorship so quit acting as if you were still a governor. pathetic

    December 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. woodofpine

    Palin: Climate policies caused California's budget crisis! (Um OK – 'ya sure?)

    Alaska's highways are buckling from melting 'permafrost' (oxymoron) while Sarah shouts 'Boycott Copenhagen!' The fossil fuel PAC does great in Alaska! 'Insightful Sarah' (another Alaska oxymoron...)

    December 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Rafael VA

    Go Palin! The terminator is now finished by the Palin!!!

    Palin 1 Al Gore 0
    Palin 2 Arnold 0

    December 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Bill

    Gosh Sarah, if 100 years of industrial CO2 emissions isn't responsible for contributing to climate change, then what the hell do you think you could possibly accomplish with a "sub-cabinet" devoted to climate change? This is like saying that pre-marital sex does not cause pregnancy, but forming a committee to promote abstinence and condom use.

    December 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Ed Tallahassee

    I have to go with the Govenator on this one. He took over a state in crisis, and has filled-out Davis’s term and was reelected and is now term limited out. Palin took over a state that was booming and then when it got hard she cut and ran.

    I think that Arnold just asked a tough question, and Sarah didn't have any answer so she attacked the messenger. I don’t think pointing fingers, and dodging questions is what the American People want or need. They need to get back to work, and they need to policy that is both environmentally and economically friendly, and they want someone who will take responsibility and make it happen. They want leaders that will not quit on them because they don't want to be a lame duck.

    December 16, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. shucks

    I think she is the international expert on Global warming as she lives where it is cold, can see Russian snow from her window, and wants to boycott the international conference on Global Warming. I guess she wasn't invited. Sarah, time to shut up, go back to Alaska, and stop becoming a non-entity pseudo celebrity.

    December 16, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. No one famous

    Why does Sarah feel the need to rebut EVERY single thing that anybody says about her? If you ever want to be taken seriously then stop issuing a response to every little issue that comes your way. Let you words and actions speak.

    December 16, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. kyle

    Honestly, who cares what is on Sarah Palin's facebook?

    December 16, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. mj

    Unless Ms Palin has some sort of credentials of which I am unaware, she is not qualified to comment on global warming any more than Governor Schwarzenegger. On the other hand, Governor Schwarzenegger has helmed the world's 6th largest economy for the past 6 years and done an adequate job considering the challenges facing him. More people live in one corner of Los Angeles than live in the entire state of Alaska. Ms Palin as ever has a dose of colossal gall and and equal amount of ignorance to address something of which she has not even the remotest understanding or experience.

    December 16, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Franco Tirado

    Palin remind us why you stop being the Gov of Alaska? why you let all those folks down? Why did you call it NO MAS before your term came to an end.

    Sarah we dont trust you.. You can't finish what you started yet you had time to pocked 7 Million from your book? Sounds that all you wanted was fame at any cost. How about "The Moose Hunting Palin Household Reality Show."
    Nobody in the USA can't see your name next to Washington, Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, JFK, Reagan, Clinton... Palin????

    December 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Tom

    I like Sarah's Mao Tse Tung hat. Very fashionable, very becoming.
    Go rogue, baby!

    December 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Alex

    What Palin seems to be ignoring is whether climate change is manmade or natural is irrelevant. We're the first generation capable of potentially mitigating, or at the very least reducing, its effects. So the chicken or the egg question really isn't what things like the Copenhagen summit are supposed to address – it's how do we deal with the situation, whether we caused it or not?

    December 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. cienfueguero

    Gravity is not a naturally occurring phenomenon.

    A natural phenomenon is a non-artificial event in the physical sense, and therefore not produced by humans, although it may affect humans (e.g. bacteria, aging, natural disasters, death.) Common examples of natural phenomena include volcanic eruptions, weather, and decay. Most natural phenomena, such as rain, are relatively harmless so far as humans are concerned.

    There are various types of natural phenomena, which include (and are not limited to), Meteorlogical phenomena, weather, including hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes, and geological phenomena , including volcanic activity and earthquakes.

    December 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Robin

    Here comes the Sarah bashing.

    Fact is, Cap and Trade does not "clean up the enviroment." Cap and Trade is a TAX that will make electricity, home heating, and gas MORE EXPENSIVE TO USE.

    December 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Jay

    Arnold gets the science and attempts to put that science to work to rein in human contamination of the planet - Palin doesn't even understand the science, quits every elected job she's ever had and asks witch doctors to mumble spells over her for personal safety. Now, who do you think we should be listening to on this subject? The elected official of the largest state who listens closely to the what the best minds in the country have to say and hangs in there when the going gets tough? Or little Sarah from Wasilla who's knowledge of science doesn't go beyond the third grade and bales from office when the kitchen gets a little too hot? DUH!

    December 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Mississippi Mrs.

    Because of her faith in the Creator, Sarah Palin will always love the planet, as it is only one of God's best gifts to us. She understands bad
    science when she sees it. Some of these 'green' people, are believers in the 'big bang' theory. Talk about bad science.

    Look at your fingerprint and tell me, how that uniqueness that is you,
    got 'banged' into existence.

    We should all do our part to take care of this great country. But the
    'greener' the leftists get.... the less we listen to their JUNK SCIENCE.

    Green and Dumb as dirt.

    December 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Gerry

    I can only hope that the nut cases in the Republican Party nominate Sarah Palin for president in 2012. It will be a total cake walk for President Obama. Can you imagine a debate where in Palin recalls being able to see Russia from her front porch and comparing that to the real life achievements of a sitting President? Keep talking Sarah; the entire world is listening to your inane babbling.

    December 16, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. sharon

    oh sarah, sarah, sarah......keep on tryin' to get that press time......
    no matter how................

    ya know, ......... she thinks she is all that.................
    ya, bettcha........

    when do we tell her she is not?

    nah...........let her keep on diggin' that ole'hole................................
    ya know that ole' rouge thing...................................

    December 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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