Our governor is a famous tough-guy, but I don’t think even the Terminator should want to take on this battle.
It all began when former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post criticizing the rigged science apparently revealed by the Climategate files and recommending that President Obama skip the UN Conference on Climate Change at Copenhagen, at least until questions about the reliability of the basic climate data could be solved. It was a reasonable editorial that strongly recommended caution in the wake of the expanding scandal. For her troubles, she earned an attack by Al Gore himself, but she returned fire.
Now comes the turn of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who I sometimes suspect wishes he were Al Gore. In Copenhagen for the conference and asked about Governor Palin’s editorial, Arnie replied:
The California governor has become an environmental standard bearer for the Republican party, which is split on the merits of curbing emissions. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has attacked cap and trade and questioned any link between man-made emissions and global warming.
“You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?” said Mr Schwarzenegger. “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.”
Sigh. Governors in glass statehouses shouldn’t throw stones. Sarah Palin has a very good record of environmental stewardship, as any fair examination of her time as governor shows. But, I’ll let her speak for herself:
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. 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.
One shot, one RINO bagged.
She’s right to call attention to Schwarzenegger’s record, because the policies he has championed in the name of “science” have only lead to deeper debt and faster job loss in California, all to little or no real benefit. For example, he supported and signed the draconian AB 32, a statewide “greenhouse gas” bill similar to the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill proposed in Congress. It will do nothing to solve the anthropogenic global warming problem (which doesn’t exist, anyway), but its regulatory provisions are already driving jobs out of the state in the midst of a deep recession. And Arnie’s support for Proposition 71 in 2004 indebted the state for three billion dollars to support fetal stem-cell research – yet more junk science. (Unlike fetal stem cells, adult stem cells show real promise.)
The trouble with our governor is that, to put it simply if bluntly, he falls too easily to the temptation to do what’s currently popular in order to maintain his own popularity, rather than what’s right, even if it makes a large segment of the California public angry. Hence he has done nothing substantive to reduce spending in this state even while revenues crash, he’s agreed to economy-hobbling measures because environmentalism is a “Mom and apple pie” issue in California, and he’s agreed to take on more debt even while the state already suffers under a crushing debt burden. And now he’s chasing (Green) popular appeal in Copenhagen, which includes ritual denunciation of those who dare to be skeptical, such as Sarah Palin.
Governor, you may have been the Terminator, but she is Sarah Palin Conner. Don’t even think about it.
LINKS: Hot Air.