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UPDATED: Environmental groups take steps to legally oppose Cuccinelli EPA suit

Rosalind Helderman

If Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had hopes of picking a fight with environmental groups when he filed suit against the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases last month, he's got one.

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Norfolk-based Wetlands Watch, late Thursday filed motions to intervene in the suit on the side of the EPA.

Thursday was the deadline to file as an intervenor in the case, and a variety of environmental and business groups, as well as other states, have filed to join on both sides. In a press release about the motion, the SELC argues that Cuccinelli's suit disrupts Virginia's efforts to learn how climate change is affecting its coastline and is a wasteful use of taxpayer money.

"It's disturbing that our state attorney general chooses to challenge the mountain of evidence, considering the number of Virginia businesses and residents experiencing firsthand the consequences from rising sea level and other impacts of a changing global climate," said SELC senior attorney Morgan Butler.

The group calls the Virginia suit "an unwarranted stall tactic" and "a dangerous distraction from grappling with the damaging impacts of climate change already in evidence in coastal Virginia."

Read the motion here.

UPDATE 11:34 a.m.: Cuccinelli's office has issued a news release indicating 12 states have now joined Virginia's suit against the EPA. They are: Nebraska, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.

"While we made the decision to intervene based on what was in the best interests of Virginia and her citizens, it is gratifying to have the support of so many other states," said Cuccinelli in a statement. ""The potential regulations resulting from the endangerment finding could severely impact Virginia jobs; energy, agriculture, manufacturing, and other industries; as well as put a tremendous financial burden on Virginia citizens. We believe it is imperative that we ensure the process leading to the finding was carried out consistently with American law and scientific standards. That is why we appealed."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 19, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

Ken Cuccinelli is an extremist zealot who sees his job as attorney general solely as a pulpit from which to impose his wingnut crazy agenda on the rest of us in Virginia. He wastes our tax money pursuing his own obsessions. Next up (I heard him on NPR this morning) is a planned lawsuit against the federal government should healthcare reform get passed. I hope the Southern Environmental Law Center hands Ken his tuchis on a platter, and will be giving them a donation to help.

Posted by: sgannvtedu | March 19, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is running for something. He is pursuing his own agenda using his office. He is serving the far right GOP, instead of serving all Virginians. His masters are the GOP, big business and social conservatives. He's a disgrace. Virginia slips back to the 19th century. The state will need to raise taxes to fund this guys behavior.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 19, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Twelve states joined Virginia, that's twenty six percent of states believe another look needs to be taken. That's reasonable.

Posted by: BruceFairfax | March 20, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

I did not count Texas and Alabama were already in, so that makes it 15 states or thirty percent. While thirty percent is not a "mountain of evidence", it sure is sufficient credibility that this is neither settled nor conclusively science.

Posted by: BruceFairfax | March 20, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for providing links to the primary sources. This is an indispensable blog.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | March 20, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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