Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
RICHMOND (March 3, 2010)
— Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II responded today to Democrat state legislators who attacked his legal challenge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to regulate carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” as dangerous pollutants.
Cuccinelli cited the EPA’s and the Democrats’ reliance on inaccurate and perhaps even manipulated data from United Nations climate change studies to pursue regulations that could cripple the Virginia economy, destroy jobs, and cost Virginia families thousands of dollars a year in increased prices for energy, food, and household goods.
“We are seeing news reports come out on an almost weekly basis where climatologists are admitting that the science is not settled, the data is subject to question and the warming conclusion is in doubt,” Cuccinelli said.
If permitted to go forward, the EPA’s regulation of carbon dioxide could end up costing Virginia businesses and households hundreds of millions of dollars in new fees and increased energy costs, and could price industries such as manufacturing and agriculture out of business, destroying the jobs they provide to working families. Costs to Virginia households to heat their homes, buy groceries, and power their lights are calculated to skyrocket under potential regulations.
Democrats charged that the legal action would cost too much money. Cuccinelli countered with, “The destruction of jobs and the increased prices for everything from energy to groceries will cost Virginians much more than any court proceedings the Attorney General’s office will have with the EPA.”
He continued, “In light of the new evidence that the EPA is relying on bad data, if the EPA would simply re-open the public hearings regarding its proposed regulations, there might not be a need to pursue a resolution in court. That would be an easy solution and would provide significant cost savings for the taxpayers. Perhaps the legislators who are worried about costs could join with us and appeal to the EPA to re-open its hearings.”
Democrats also claimed that the attorney general is going against “established climate science.”
“Global warming is not settled science. In recent months, we have seen one of the world’s prominent climatologists admit that there has been no statistically significant warming over the last 15 years and that most scientists do not consider the science settled,” Cuccinelli stated in response.
“There are many scientists who say that the earth has warmed and cooled in cycles throughout history and that man’s impact on global warming is negligible. Even the chief climatologist at East Anglia – the site of the Climategate scandal – has finally admitted that the earth went through a warming period, which may have been warmer than today, during the Middle Ages – long before there were factories and cars and airplanes emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”
“We also know that the computer models these climatologists were using predicted the earth was supposed to be getting warmer, yet the real data shows us the earth has not warmed at all over the last 15 years.”
Cuccinelli filed two legal actions last month seeking to block a federal move to regulate carbon dioxide and other gases the EPA claims is linked to global temperature change. Cuccinelli, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, petitioned the EPA to convene a proceeding for the reconsideration of the “Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Finding for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act” (Endangerment Finding) published by the EPA on December 15, 2009 and appealed to the finding to the D.C. Circuit.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: cuccinelli, environment