Palin Slams Arnold: ‘Greener Than Thou’

Dec 16, 2009 7:06am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger calling Sarah Palin’s call for a Copenhagen boycott “nonsense,” Sarah Palin is swinging back.

In a message posted on her Facebook page Tuesday night, Palin wrote:

“Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? 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.”

She continued: “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. 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.”

On “Good Morning America” Tuesday, Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., was asked about Palin’s call for President Obama to boycott Copenhagen, to keep the focus on growing the economy: “I don't think you have to choose,” he said. “I think it is nonsense talk to say let's talk first about the economy. You can do both.”

Of those who don’t believe global warming is real, he said: “They're still living in the Stone Age, which is OK. We need people like that too.”

Schwarzenegger also criticized Palin in an interview with the Financial Times this week: “You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?” Schwarzenegger said. “Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the [Republican] nomination [for president]? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”

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