Sarah Palin on Arnold Schwarzenegger: 'Greener Than Thou'

Palin responds to California governor's criticism on her Facebook page.

ByABC News via logo
December 14, 2009, 8:01 PM

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.