WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2009 -- Sarah Palin is taking aim at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after he said on "Good Morning America" Tuesday that her call for a Copenhagen boycott is "nonsense talk."
In a message posted on her Facebook page Tuesday night, the former governor of Alaska wrote:
"Why is Gov. 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.
"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 continued.
"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."
"GMA" asked the Republican governor Tuesday morning about Palin's call for President Obama to boycott Copenhagen in order 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."
In the interview from Copenhagen, where he was attending the United Nations climate conference, Schwarzenegger also said that he supported Obama's health care overhaul effort but warned that the legislation, in its current form, would be devastating to his state's bottom line.
Schwarzenegger Discusses Climate Change From Copenhagen
"This is the last thing we need, another $3 billion of spending when we already have a $20 billion deficit," Schwarzenegger said of the costs the bill would impose on California.
"So I would say be very careful to the federal government before you go to bed with all this. Let's rethink it. There's no rush from one second to the next. Let's take another week or two and come up with the right package."
The governor has long fought for greater U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change and said today that such an effort can go hand in hand with the country's push for health care overhaul and economic recovery.
A new USA Today/Gallup poll showed that seven out of eight Americans believe the government should focus on repairing the economy before working on climate issues. But Schwarzenegger dismissed suggestions that policymakers should address one issue at a time.
"We in California have proven it over and over that you can protect the economy, and you can protect the environment," he said on "GMA."
Earlier in the day, Schwarzenegger addressed delegates in the Danish capital, saying international agreements are useful but that countries alone cannot combat global warming. They must have the help of local governments.
"The world's governments alone cannot make the progress that is needed on global climate change," Schwarzenegger said at the 192-nation conference. "They need the cities, the states, the provinces, the regions. They need the corporations, the activists, the scientists, the universities."
Since becoming California governor in 2003, Schwarzenegger has made combating climate change one of his top priorities. California is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, about a 30 percent cut from projected emissions. The statewide mandate was the first in the United States.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican, called critics of climate change out of touch with reality.
"There are people who just don't believe about working on the environment," he said. "They don't believe there is such a thing as global warming. They're still living in the Stone Age, which is OK. We need people like that too."
Obama and more than 100 other national leaders are heading to Copenhagen later this week in hopes of forging the framework of a plan to limit the causes of climate change.
ABC News' Kristina Wong and The Associated Press contributed to this report.