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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 04/ 1/2010

Cuccinelli challenges fuel standards

By Washington Post editors

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will challenge new standards for fuel efficiency for cars and trucks finalized Thursday by the Obama administration and Enivironmental Protection Agency.

Cuccinelli has already filed suit against the EPA based upon the agency's determination that it can regulate greenhouse gases because they cause global warming harmful to human health. In a statement, Cuccinelli's spokesman said he believes Thursday's announcement by the Obama administration amounts to a "tacit denial" of his request that the EPA reconsider its determination.

"In that motion, the attorney general's office asked the EPA to reopen its proceedings in light of the recent evidence that the reports the EPA was relying on for its decision contained erroneous and/or unverifiable global temperature and other data," said spokesman Brian Gottstein in a statement. "We will file a notice of appeal with respect to today's ruling."

The appeal would raise the issue to the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Gottstein also said the fuel standards will prompt a new filing from the AG's office in its case against the EPA and a presentation of new evidence in the case. The new motion has not yet been filed, he said.

-- Rosalind Helderman

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Please stop wasting my tax dollars over your Obama fetish.

If the car companies want to sue, fine. Have at it.

The State of Virginia should keep out of it. If the State has money to burn I can think of 1,000 better uses then subsidizing the legal budgets of the auto industry.

Posted by: ghokee | April 1, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I did live in Virginia. But never again.

Posted by: gary4books | April 1, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

This guy is more of a lawyer, and less of a human being. He's a perfect fit for politics, and probably will go far in his political career with his sue happy agenda.

Posted by: 123cartoon | April 1, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

why is he suing, Obama is trying to make it so that cars can go further on less gasoline but i guess the sate of Virgina and Cuccinelli dont want that.

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | April 1, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

this guy really is a whackjob. and I thought it was McDonnell who would be the next Jefferson Davis...

Posted by: one4all | April 1, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

If I can't see it doesn't exist. The earth is flat and I don't believe in oxygen either. Besides I'm going to be raptured up to heaven while the rest of you remain on earth to suffer.

Posted by: chucky-el | April 1, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

God Bless Ken Cucinelli. Fighting for all Americans despite the ignorance of the Left..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 1, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

God Bless Ken Cucinelli. Fighting for all Americans despite the ignorance of the Left..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 1, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't represent me as an American or a Virginian. He's wasting taxpayer dollars with his right-wing activism. He won't ever be more than what he is now, thank you Jesus.

Posted by: nsu1203 | April 1, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cuccinelli is a character. I think he is trying to kept his name in the news and raise his profile for a higher office. Is he going to sue every law and piece of legistlation to come from the Obama Administration.

He is indicative of why I look at Virgina as being somewhat out of touch. Not to whitewash Northern Va. as being in line with his way of thinking but his mindset is representative of alot of people in the Commonwealth. Pretty Amazing.

Good Luck Virginia. You have 4 years of Mr. Cuccinelli taking your backwards.

Cuccinelli = Regress

Posted by: BigTee13 | April 1, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli should concentrating on handling the business of Virgina and not that of the United States. Interesting in that Virgina has no automotive industry.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | April 1, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Virginia, is this why you all elected this right wing nut?

Posted by: ssmd11 | April 1, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is the worst state attorney general and this is proved by the fact that he's going to sue the EPA on car fuel standards which are reasonable and for saying that the information which the EPA uses is knowingly false. I feel good that I voted for Steve Shannon and not that man who's providing embarrassment to Virginia, where I live.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | April 1, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason to be grateful one doesn't live in Virginia.

Posted by: woody2471 | April 1, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone sat down with this gentleman and explained to him just what it is that state attorneys general are actually supposed to do?

Posted by: lydgate | April 1, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Ken Schmuckatelli does it again. He ought to have a reality show.

Posted by: harrydean | April 2, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

This guy is wasting time, money and common sense. He is using his office for ideiological purposes. Next stop: the next GOP state primary. Making a fool of himself.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 2, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Ken Coochie is jumping from one grandstand to another... He had better pace himself if he wants to keep up with Obama. He needs to pick a cause and stick with it. At this rate he'll burn himself out in short order.

Posted by: demtse | April 2, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Had enough yet, Virginians? You voted for him, suckers!!!

Posted by: B-rod | April 2, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

This is the next governor of Virginia and he is already aggressively running for office.

Posted by: KS100H | April 2, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is falling back on his vast knowledge of science.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 2, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

So better fuel efficiency is a bad thing? What am I missing here?

Posted by: Wallenstein | April 2, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I hear more red-meat nonsense from this guy than the actual governor of Virginia; what's his name? Oh, that's right, McDonnell. Must be a good cop/bad cop scheme they have going on.

Posted by: case50 | April 2, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

" ... it can regulate greenhouse gases because they cause global warming harmful to human health."

I think it is getting warmer. But I would like to see more of the events that would make that a good thing to be ruled out. If we were to have an ice age on the way, the warming may help us and not be a problem.

Why not sort out if it is good or bad before we move to change it?

Posted by: gary4books | April 2, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

What's wrong with this guy anyway? And shame on those who wasted their votes on putting him in office. What a joke!! Is there an option available for recall??

Posted by: Tumbleweed1 | April 2, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Is there a recall process in Virginia?

Posted by: paul5301 | April 2, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

What exactly does this have to do with enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia?

Posted by: ceebee2 | April 2, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

As a Marylander, I have no dog in this fight, but if I were a Virginian, I believe I'd get a bumper sticker that read, "Cuccinelli - Repeal and Replace!"

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | April 2, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The Va. Pilot editorial board called it right-
'Cuccinelli’s election would bring embarrassment to Virginia, instability to the state’s law firm and untold harm to the long list of people who don’t fit his personal definition of morality.'

So to did WaPo have this guy's number-
'...given his bizarre ideas, he would very likely become an embarrassment for the commonwealth' in an editorial titled 'Mr. Cuccinelli's Bigotry'

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | April 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like the EPA is over-reaching by trying to regulate carbon dioxide because it is "harmful". One might as well regulate water and air, too, which can also be "harmful".

What the AG seems to be saying with this lawsuit is that the EPA can't issue directives that are being legally challenged. You've got to settle the issue first.

Doesn't sound unreasonable.

Posted by: dmarney | April 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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