Susan Shelley: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Ironic Climate Warning

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin

The Orange County Register ran a great article written by columnist Susan Shelley addressing ironic comments made by former California  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who created the state’s AB 32 Global Warming Solution Act saying that people have “tuned out” the climate change activism movement because it is “stuck in despair and confusion.”

Her column addresses the climate alarmism politics that have taken over and flooded the public air waves and press articles that parrot endless doom and gloom pushing the global wide climate alarmist campaign. 

She notes the following key climate activist schemes: 

“The wild exaggerations of climate doomsayers have been called out by longtime environmental activist Michael Shellenberger in a 2020 book titled, “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.” In the introduction, he describes himself as “fed up with the exaggeration, alarmism, and extremism that are the enemy of a positive, humanistic, and rational environmentalism.”

“Let’s just say there’s a lot of money to be made in “grassroots” fundraising for causes that align with the business interests of various players in the energy sector of the economy. On all sides.”

“Who gets that money and on what is it spent? These are questions that are rarely asked and even more rarely answered. Climate alarmism facilitates the movement of billions of dollars from one set of pockets to another, and there is no evidence anywhere that this policy of wealth transfer is doing anything to affect the climate.”

Her article then exposes the complete uselessness of these schemes in actually doing anything that impact climate change as follows:   

“Yet it’s all sold to the public as “doing something” to stop climate change.

In 2006, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, which committed the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The law put the California Air Resources Board in charge of figuring out how to do this, and CARB came up with a cap-and-trade program that essentially requires utilities, refineries and manufacturers to pay an extra fee for operating. The cap-and-trade program operates like a tax. It increases the cost of gasoline, diesel fuel, electricity and heat, and it raises the price of everything that’s made or moved in California, where the high cost of living has contributed to the highest poverty rate in the nation, according to the Census Bureau.

What has it done for the climate? 


Meanwhile, the mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California has affected decision-making on everything from road repair to housing construction. Driving is considered an “impact” that increases GHG emissions, so your gas taxes are being used to build bike lanes, and new housing construction in outlying areas, where homes would be more affordable, is virtually banned. That’s why state lawmakers are attempting to force high-density housing into existing single-family neighborhoods; the old pattern of expanding the suburbs to new areas where young families can happily buy homes is considered bad for the climate. So young people are told the world is ending, and then they can’t afford to live anyway.”

She then challenges the legitimacy of how the climate alarmism campaign is being pursued and suggests that Arnold Schwarzenegger is right to want to put a stop to the endless and useless message of despair promoted by alarmists.    

“With his signature on AB 32 and his advocacy of useless climate policies, Arnold Schwarzenegger did more than anyone to cause California’s housing crisis, high energy costs and high poverty rate.

Now he says it’s time to stop depressing the public.

Maybe it’s time to stop manipulating public opinion and open up a new debate about the cost, effectiveness and unintended consequences of the policies he has promoted.”

The GWPF has also chosen to address Ms. Shelley’s article as noted below.

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July 13, 2021 6:03 am

I always thought it was stuck in delusion.

Richard (the cynical one)
Reply to  Scissor
July 13, 2021 12:41 pm

The best antidote for despair and confusion would be to accept the facts, discard the models. But that would take common sense.

Reply to  Richard (the cynical one)
July 14, 2021 4:39 pm

And to stop believing that climate models or their programmers/operators have any ability to identify or predict calamities, let alone attribute the calamities to mankind.

The Saint
Reply to  ATheoK
July 16, 2021 9:48 am

Arnold stars in some great futuristic thriller movies but, alas, he just isn’t a very bright guy.

Rod Evans
July 13, 2021 6:15 am

Actually Arnie, people have tuned out because an increasing number of people realise it is complete bull.

Reply to  Rod Evans
July 13, 2021 6:48 am

er no… the number of climate skeptics is what is going down

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 6:51 am

Again, don’t feed the troll.

Tony Sullivan
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
July 13, 2021 8:36 am

Perhaps if we all simply stopped quoting griff, the person will go away. I’m not suggesting that those who are alarmists should stop posting, but if you can’t show up with data to be discussed/debated, or in the case of griff, actually respond with something of substance when called out, then everyone should just ignore them.

Komerade cube
Reply to  Tony Sullivan
July 13, 2021 9:54 am

Griff is not an alarmist, he is a paid troll.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Tony Sullivan
July 13, 2021 8:23 pm

G’Day Tony,

“…everyone should just ignore them.”


Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
July 13, 2021 11:32 am

I agree. It seems more and more recently the increase of trolls on all online forums

Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 7:20 am

And another lie from the liar. Tell us another lie, it is all you are good for.

Reply to  2hotel9
July 13, 2021 1:05 pm

Speaking of lying… how is that F-150 lightning going? I’m still laughing about that one. And the greatest laugh of all is that every second post you make is about lying.

Reply to  Simon
July 13, 2021 2:42 pm

Stalking, bullying – not good. Obsessive.

Reply to  TeaPartyGeezer
July 13, 2021 3:27 pm

So TeaPartyGeezer do you know the story? It’s very funny as hell. 2hotel9 the person who continually tells the world he hates liars got caught telling a whopper. During a post about electric cars he told the world he had been in a Ford F-150 Lightning and that it was “a toy”…. only to be told by me that the model hadn’t been released to the public yet. That shut him up, for a minute.

Reply to  Simon
July 13, 2021 3:30 pm

Don’t really care.

Reply to  TeaPartyGeezer
July 13, 2021 3:58 pm

Why am I not surprised?

Reply to  Simon
July 13, 2021 8:50 pm
Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 4:31 am

Still waiting for you to prove any of the shyte you spew. Why can’t you do that?

Big Al
Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 9:52 am

2004 F150 Lighting with Supercharger considered “Toy”. Burn tires off rims pronto. RWD. Buick had six with also destroyed many rear tires.

Reply to  TeaPartyGeezer
July 14, 2021 4:44 pm

And it was silly simian who was 100% wrong, not 2hotel9.
Nor did silly simian prove 2hotel9 wrong, it just assumed.

Another specious assumption by tonight’s alarmist team trollops.

Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 4:29 am

Ahhh, simple toddled back in to spew more lies, ain’t it special.If you didn’t spew lies all the time no one would know you are a liar. Good job, buddy.

Reply to  2hotel9
July 14, 2021 12:37 pm

No lies here by me. So how did the ride in the truck (that you didn’t have) go?

Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 4:57 am

Trump Russia colluuuusion Simon 😉

You promote the big lie

Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 8:28 am

He said skeptic not denier. There maybe hope for Griff yet.

Reply to  Alan
July 13, 2021 12:13 pm

Speaking of lying… how is that F-150 lightning going? I’m still laughing about that one. And the greatest laugh of all is that every second post you make is about lying.

Reply to  Simon
July 13, 2021 2:43 pm

Stalking, bullying – not good. Obsessive.

Reply to  TeaPartyGeezer
July 13, 2021 3:22 pm

Haha. That’s rich.Pointing out hypocrisy is not stalking. If he’s gonna throw stones…

Reply to  Simon
July 13, 2021 3:27 pm

Do those stones hurt your knuckles, Simon?

Reply to  Simon
July 13, 2021 3:41 pm

Once or twice – maybe.
Doing so repeatedly is obsessive and creepy.

Reply to  TeaPartyGeezer
July 13, 2021 6:08 pm

It’s not like Simon has anything useful to contribute. Or intelligent.

Reply to  Simon
July 13, 2021 6:07 pm

First you say that 2hotel9 told a story about an F-150 Lightning, and now you are claiming that Alan is the one who told the story.
Are you just really confused, or perhaps you are just lying?

Reply to  MarkW
July 13, 2021 10:59 pm

Perhaps he meant me Or some one else entirely. 😉

Reply to  MarkW
July 14, 2021 7:07 am

I remember the F-150 kerfluffle. Simon’s leaving a good bit out, including his own hypocrisy wrt “name-calling”.

Reply to  Simon
July 13, 2021 9:37 pm

So tell us – apart from Joe Biden who else has test driven the current F-150 Lightning? You are talking about the current one aren’t you?

Reply to  lee
July 13, 2021 11:26 pm

A number of select reviewers last time I looked.

Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 12:22 am

So you don’t have names? lol
Any carry passengers?

Reply to  lee
July 14, 2021 2:23 am

It really is a two second search. The reviews are very good … at this stage.

Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 3:12 am

That doesn’t answer the questions. Why are you hiding the fact you don’t know the answer either. And because you do’t know the answer to either, your postulation of someone, you have given two being a liar, is more than suspect. 🙂

Reply to  lee
July 14, 2021 12:35 pm

I really have no idea what you are talking about. Maybe have a chat with your therapist.

Reply to  lee
July 14, 2021 2:24 am
Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 3:13 am

Nothing here to demonstrate who has or hasn’t driven or been a passenger. o)

Reply to  lee
July 14, 2021 4:34 am

simple has not figured out that when dirt is falling on it’s head it should stop digging.

Reply to  2hotel9
July 14, 2021 12:35 pm

I know a liar when I see one.

Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 4:49 pm

Yes, you do, in the mirror every day, repeatedly.

Reply to  ATheoK
July 14, 2021 5:28 pm

That’s so rich coming from a member of the team that think Trump won the election and that the Jan 6 riot was a peaceful protest.

Reply to  Simon
July 15, 2021 4:06 am

Poor little simple, a liar and stupid, your life really does suck.

Reply to  Simon
July 15, 2021 4:07 am

You are one so you certainly should.

Big Al
Reply to  Simon
July 14, 2021 9:59 am

The 2004 Supercharged F150 Lightning spun out into tree. Broken toy.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 8:40 am

Good Grief – it’s Gullible Griff, again…

Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 9:29 am

Once again, real world and opinions of the griff. Never the twain shall meet.

Komerade cube
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 9:53 am

Oh Griff, you’re always tossing nonsense into the conversation at the behest of your CCP masters.

Richard Page
Reply to  Komerade cube
July 13, 2021 4:06 pm

I think the last 11 words of your post are probably redundant!

Bill Powers
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 9:54 am

Griff you should stop biting you nails. Your nervous twitches are showing.

You know that people are catching on because the central authoritarian leftist delusions have spilled over into other more obvious nonsense such as: The Revisionist 1619 project, Critical Race Theory and now the outright promotion of transgenderism in the schools which involves brainwashing children that they were born into the wrong bodies.

When the same people telling girls to be boys and advocate chemical mutilation of children, and brainwashing white children to believe that they are privileged therefore bad, are also card carrying members of this “The Globe is Warming end of days because we burn fossil fuel” narrative, the average person who has been busy living their life up till now sits up and pays attention.

They are opening their eyes to the hoax that is CAGW. They realize the climate hasn’t really change where they live since the Globalists began peddling this Hobgoblinesque nonsense over 30 years ago. And they look at paranoid schizophrenics’ like Greta, children who have been scared nearly to death by these science fiction horror stories and are beginning to push back. Enough is enough.

Their numbers, the skeptics, are growing and you steadfast CAGW alarmists are beside yourself because the CAG leadership has over played their hand. Your handwringing doesn’t make a bit of difference. But thank you anyway for showing the majority of the world what group is really in denial.

Richard (the cynical one)
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 12:43 pm

And you’ve counted them, griff?

Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 2:40 pm

When you wake up, get a cup of coffee and some oxygen for the brain.

The Fozzinator
Reply to  griff
July 13, 2021 3:45 pm

You must be paid for each negative you get.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  griff
July 14, 2021 12:17 am

Please Griff, if you would be so kind, explain to me & others, what exactly is a climate skeptic? I have never been sceptical that the Earth has a “climate”, as variable as it always has been, my geology books explain climate change rationally & logically & how it occurs over all timescales over all continents! I do wish people like you would pick on adjective & stick to it, instead of throwing into the mix as many as possible, climate breakdown/disaster/crisis/catastrophe/armageddon/emergency!!!

Climate believer
Reply to  Rod Evans
July 13, 2021 8:11 am

A recent BS poll came up with this sort of meaningless drivel:

“In the UK, just 13% of respondents said they were personally affected by rising temperatures.”

The uva day I got a bit hot like, fort it woz me meno watsit’s, but blow me naa it woz the blooming climate…

Richard Page
Reply to  Climate believer
July 13, 2021 4:09 pm

Brilliant Dick van Dyke impression there fella!

John Bell
July 13, 2021 6:22 am

But in THEIR (activists and politicians) minds it is doing something for the climate. (whatever such bans and taxes do for the climate) but of course any sane person knows it does nothing.

Reply to  John Bell
July 13, 2021 7:59 am

It is the money that they are after, not changing the climate: major success for many billionaires!

July 13, 2021 6:37 am

“Ahnuld” should be kept away from maids….he knocks ’em up. We have pictures of “Ahnuld” driving a yugge SUV……and commercial flight or private to Austria? Kiddies, just stay away from steroids is the real lesson here.

Peter K
Reply to  Anti-griff
July 13, 2021 9:17 pm

Apparently Ahnuld had the best collection of Hummers. Including a couple of the super guzzling H1’s.

July 13, 2021 6:42 am

alarmists are like the dog chasing and barking at the car going by . what do they do now that theyve caught it ?

Bill Powers
Reply to  garboard
July 13, 2021 10:03 am

Right!? What does Griff thing the Governments (along with the private jet and yacht owners) can do about a climate that is in a constant state of change due to natural variability once they take the fossil fuel away from the great unwashed.

These deluded alarmists can’t see that this is about the control of oil, gas and coal and not global surface temperatures.

Reply to  Bill Powers
July 14, 2021 4:59 am

It’s a religion.

Gordon A. Dressler
July 13, 2021 6:50 am

From the above article’s very first sentence: “The Orange County Register ran a great article written by columnist Susan Shelley . . . saying that people have ‘tuned out’ the climate change activism movement because it is ‘stuck in despair and confusion’.”

I offer a much more simple reason: almost everyone has “tuned out” climate change activism because no one has yet defined objectively and quantitatively what the phrase “climate change” actually means, after more than 40 years of common usage of such phrase.

Need I mention also that no one know hows to prevent climate change? . . . yeah, that too.

George T
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
July 13, 2021 8:26 am

When these supposed models can explain the past warming periods prior to fossil fuels, I might have an interest. As of right now, none whatsoever. The weather forecasters cannot get our weather forecast right 5 days from now. I am suppose to kowtow to predictions 100+ years from now all hell will break loose, if we don’t implement draconian measures to save the planet. No thank you. My response to these lunatics is to shove it where the sun does not shine.

On the outer Barcoo
Reply to  George T
July 13, 2021 1:50 pm

To ‘save the planet’, watching videos of the boiling magma in Iceland’s latest volcanic eruption suggests that it is us humans that need protection from ‘the planet’.

Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
July 13, 2021 8:30 am

S’okay. Coming Ice Age was replaced with Global Warming was replaced with Climate Change is being replaced with Climate Emergency. The idea is once people catch on to the old meme it gets changed. That the real change here.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Rob_Dawg
July 13, 2021 9:05 am

Just so!

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
July 13, 2021 12:37 pm

The real take away message is what Rob_Dawg wrote. The term “climate change” was and is intended to be ambiguous (so’s no one gets to understand the truth). It’s an equivocation … an appeal to ambiguity … just one more logical fallacy used by alarmists to keep the populace misinformed, and agitated.

Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
July 13, 2021 1:48 pm

“climate change” being bad implies that (a) the climate shouldn’t change and (b) there is a target “climate”. I’ve asked repeatedly about (b) and not gotten any answer. If we don’t know that it SHOULD be who are we to say any change is bad?

Peter Fox
Reply to  TonyG
July 15, 2021 3:33 am

Well said!Can this logical analysis be repeated more often!

July 13, 2021 7:03 am

The Austrian Oak, fertilised with Dianabol. It would seem steroids can shrink your brain as well as your plums.

July 13, 2021 7:23 am

You can only screech at people for so long, then they walk away, follow them and continue to screech and you get hit in the mouth. Long past time for people to smack these idiots in the mouth, in every way possible.

Steve Case
Reply to  2hotel9
July 13, 2021 8:07 am

Um, yeah, but that’s what they want to happen so they can criminalize “deniers” as they call them. There are some that call for that right now, they don’t need an excuse. But so far I don’t expect the thought police to haul me off to a re-education camp.

Reply to  Steve Case
July 14, 2021 4:40 am

“haul me off to a re-education camp” Really? You aren’t paying attention to current events.

July 13, 2021 7:37 am

Susan Shelley’s opinions are all true.

Reply to  markl
July 13, 2021 8:15 am

Opinions are not facts and therefore cannot be true. Her opinions may be based on facts which are true. But it is a misnomer to call opinions true.

Steve Reddish
Reply to  GregB
July 13, 2021 9:57 am

Would you accept “valid”?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  GregB
July 13, 2021 12:04 pm

In my opinion the Sun will set this evening, and rise tomorrow morning.

AGW is Not Science
July 13, 2021 7:45 am

Arnold has provided some good entertainment over the years, but once he joined the ranks of the “climate” deluded, my opinion of him went into the toilet. “Pollution” from fossil fuels isn’t killing anybody (save perhaps if somebody locks themselves in an enclosed space with a running engine), and fossil fuel use has been an almost exclusively beneficial activity for humanity.

Unless, of course, you think food, medicine, clean drinking water, central heating, air conditioning, transport, refrigeration, electric lights and appliances of all other varieties, clothing, telecommunications, etc. are “bad” and that short, brutal, back-breaking and miserable lives of day-to-day clinging to subsistence survival are “good.”

And for those that do (I’m looking at YOU, Mr. Schwarzenegger), you firstand I don’t mean in the movies.

July 13, 2021 7:51 am

Please tell us he ‘won’t be back’….

Check out my conversation with COP26 President Alok Sharma. If you don’t know what COP26 is, or why I will be there in November

Presumably, by private jet.

Yes, it’s the same Hummer-driving Schwarzenegger who came under fire for his near-daily private jet commute from his Brentwood home to the governor’s mansion in Sacramento. 

Caligula Jones
July 13, 2021 7:53 am

…or, just stay with me here, its the gross hypocrisy of the sellers of climate alarmism, from those who buy million dollar homes on the ocean (to go with their million dollar homes elsewhere) to the worst of the worst, Mr. “Drives Hummers and flies private” Actor here.

As Glenn “InstaPundit” Reynolds says, I’ll believe there is a climate emergency when those telling me there is a climate emergency act like there is a climate emergency.

John Garrett
July 13, 2021 8:13 am

Would somebody please inform NPR, PBS, MSNBC, ABC, CNN, the WaPo, Pravda (a/k/a the New York Times), NBC, ABC, the Associated Press (particularly Seth Borenstein), and the rest of the climate crackpots™.

We are witnessing what Francis Menton (“Manhattan Contrarian”) has correctly labelled The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time™.

Lucky we are also witness to history in what must be included as a future chapter in a revised edition of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

Gary Pearse
July 13, 2021 8:18 am

There is such a small number of Hollywood celebrities (all men it seems) that know what climate hysteria is fronting. I’m sure they have harmed their careers in tinseltown. There is nothing tinsley about them for sure.

Arnold was famous for the few word lines they wrote for him. He couldn’t handle more. A perfect unthinking believer.

July 13, 2021 8:20 am

For both actors and politicians, waving the CC alarm banner is free media coverage in an industry where your name needs to get around to be successful. This very article about Ahnuld is a case in point….

Mumbles McGuirck
July 13, 2021 8:38 am

Self-awareness is something antithetical to leftists and climate alarmists. They can’t comprehend that they are acting in ways contradictory to their stated goals. It’s always their opponents who are causing the problems they whine about, they can’t possibly be the problem because their heart is in the right place. AB32 was well-intended, so it could not cause any problems. It’s a great way to live as you drive your car off a cliff at 90 mph. They do it in the Fast & Furious movies all the time.

Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
July 13, 2021 10:43 am

It may have been well-intended, but once it got to the California Air Resources Board, a group of faceless appointees who do not act in a transparent manner, it became a very bad idea.

July 13, 2021 8:40 am

Environmental policies will never do “enough” because those policies aren’t about the environment.

Derek Wood
July 13, 2021 9:09 am

During his “acting” days, Arnie had a script. When he became a “politician”, Arnie still had a script.

Coeur de Lion
July 13, 2021 9:14 am

Griff should note that the global temperature is now where it was in 1987.

Reply to  Coeur de Lion
July 13, 2021 1:58 pm

“the global temperature is now where it was in 1987.”

Is that the RIGHT temperature? He won’t tell me…

July 13, 2021 9:43 am

Yet it’s all sold to the public as “doing something” to stop climate change.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture guides to “Whiteness” explicitly notes “Must always ‘do something’ about a stiuation” as a trait of “whiteness”.
If we are to be “less white”, as Coca-Cola has been telling their employees, we must turn away from Climate Alarmism.

Reply to  Neo
July 13, 2021 11:30 am

Sold my KO and tried to start one of those White House petitions to demolish what is, by far, the ugliest building on The Mall back before it was finished.

July 13, 2021 11:38 am

Being Austrian myself, I’d like excuse for Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the worst exports of our country (circumstancially claiming the top notch though is hard). But I’ll do my best to compensate for his actions..

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  E. Schaffer
July 13, 2021 2:24 pm

circumstancially claiming the top notch though is hard

Most definitely! I’m pretty sure that the top position has been claimed for a long, long time.

Reply to  E. Schaffer
July 13, 2021 4:07 pm

No need! He’s starred in a number of great movies that have brought many people a lot of joy. Besides, it was Californians who are to blame for voting him into political office, not Austrians! 😉

Trying to Play Nice
July 13, 2021 11:46 am

So anabolic steroids and human growth hormone make you ugly and stupid?

John Hultquist
July 13, 2021 12:35 pm

Did you use “Arnold Schwarzenegger” when Michael Shellenberger” is right to want to put a stop to the endless and useless message of despair promoted by alarmists.  

July 13, 2021 1:52 pm

Arnold also outlawed hobby gold dredging in California because he claimed it increased the siltation of gold bearing rivers. Apparently, he wanted Californians to go broke in more ways than one.

Chris Nisbet
July 13, 2021 2:12 pm

On a similar note, in the NZ MSM today …
“Overestimating the risk of sea-level rise can be as much a problem as underestimating it, because it can lead to public anxiety and feelings of helplessness, rather than motivation to take action to mitigate and adapt.”

Interesting that in the very same article the report then goes on to do some overestimating of its own e.g…
“projections for New Zealand of 0.46-1.05m of sea-level rise by 2100”

Is it any wonder people overestimate the risk when all they see from our MSM are wild claims, and a refusal to entertain the possibility that the world isn’t burning up?

July 13, 2021 3:12 pm

“It’s not a tumor!”

It might be a tumor…
… you have to be seriously delusion to believe this global warming hysteria.

Rich T.
July 13, 2021 4:12 pm

Was Arnold acting when he signed AB 32? After 40+ years of “THE WORLD IS GOING TO END IF WE DON’T DO ANYTHING!!!” With no PROOF it is going as they say. Too much screaming gets a deaf ear. Just ask greta. No facts in existence to agree what they say. But what does reality have to do with AGW,CC,GW,ETC,ETC, NOTHING but the MONEY!!!

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