Is Palin Greener than Schwarzenegger?

Eugene Robinson makes a strong case for the former Alaska governor

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On Tuesday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger thumped fellow Republican Sarah Palin for her global warming skepticism. In an interview with the Financial Times, Schwarzenegger said:

You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish? Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the nomination [for president]?

While Schwarzenegger's intra-party shove caused a predictable splash, it also led to some comparisons: is Schwarzenegger really greener than Palin? On Tuesday, The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson made a strong case for Palin's environmental bona fides. As governor, Robinson says, "Palin treated the issue as serious, complex and worthy of urgent attention."

In September 2007, then-Governor Palin setup a "sub-Cabinet of top state officials to develop a strategy for dealing with climate change," writes Robinson. She gave orders to "reduce greenhouse gas emissions" and consider participating in "carbon-trading markets."

And in 2008 newsletter to Alaskans, Palin wrote this:

Climate change is not just an environmental issue, It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans...Alaska's climate is warming, While there have been warming and cooling trends before, climatologists tell us that the current rate of warming is unprecedented within the time of human civilization. Many experts predict that Alaska, along with our northern latitude neighbors, will warm at a faster pace than any other areas, and the warming will continue for decades.

The evidence begs the question, was Palin a more eco-friendly governor than Schwarzenegger currently is?

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