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Cuccinelli to challenge new fuel standards as based on erroneous EPA global warming findings

Rosalind Helderman

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

Cuccinelli has already filed suit against the EPA's determination that it can regulate greenhouse gases because they cause global warming that is harmful to human health. In a statement, Cuccinelli's spokesman said he believes today's announcement, which was prompted by the EPA finding about greenhouse gases that he is challenging, 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 attorney general's office in its case against the EPA and a presentation of new evidence in the case. The new motion has not been filed, he said.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 1, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
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Comments

I still can't believe a majority of Virginians voted for this guy. What an embarrassment!

Posted by: sapark_98 | April 1, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

What a crooked pol. Way to go Commonwealth!

Posted by: RobRoy1 | April 1, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

This guy is the poster child for tort reform. When does he do his work if all he's against is the federal government?

Posted by: Jose5 | April 1, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG. This fool is like the Energizer Repug Bunny. He keeps suing and suing and suing....

Posted by: solsticebelle | April 1, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the taxpayers of Virginia have the money to waste on such efforts. BURN 'EM UP, KOOKS!

Posted by: TOMHERE | April 1, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Q: Who is the NUMBER ONE FAN of WASTING ENERGY?

A: OSAMA BIN LADEN

Posted by: TOMHERE | April 1, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

What is up with this guy? Believe it or not, the Federal government is allowed to do some stuff without the states getting all appeal-happy. And believe it or not, global warming is actually pretty well-established scientifically.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | April 1, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

This could be good... If the court would rule on merits of global warming relative to federal decision making... it could hang a definitive decision point out there to deflate the way-rights argument absurdum that it does not exist.. Of course that won't make any difference to the wing-nuts but, it might help out the centrist who are not sure what to believe.

Posted by: mini1071 | April 1, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

to: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

In December 2007 Bush's signed The Energy Independence and Security Act, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 314 to 100, sets higher fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks by law for the first time in 32 years. Obama simply moved the date for standards from 2020 to 2016.

“We make a major step toward reducing our dependence on oil, confronting global climate change, expanding production of renewable fuels and giving future generations a nation that is stronger, cleaner and more secure."

President Bush
December 19, 2007

Posted by: waxtraxs | April 1, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Man Va. has this kind of money laying around for this guy to file all of these lawsuits? When does he have time to do anything real for the people of Va. What a joke!

Posted by: jhop1104 | April 1, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I think you mean the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or eventually the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Posted by: SSBr | April 1, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Man, I am glad I did not vote for this mofo, Cucinelli! Congratulations to all you VA Republicans for choosing this fine POS lawyer.

Posted by: veloboldie | April 1, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

So, the VA AG is spending his time doing the following: gay bashing, debunking solid environmental science, suing the Federal government to providing health care to the uninsured and finding more places for gun toting bozos to carry guns. Gee, I wonder when he has time to deal with the 'real' problems confronting VA? All of you who voted for him might wonder why?

Posted by: kinsman_bob | April 1, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Did you hear the term Global Warming in today's announcement about the new standards?

Posted by: thor2 | April 1, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Can't this idiot find some way to spend his energies helping Virginia move forward instead of clamoring for national spotlight as an anti-Obama? Is he going for the 2012 libertarian nomination or what?

Posted by: racimperman | April 1, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse


I tried to warn people. What's up next, Kenny?


Posted by: mortified469 | April 1, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

What were Virginians thinking when they voted for this FOOL.

Posted by: maritza1 | April 1, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

YOU IDIOTS ARE STILL SUCKED IN BY AL GORE. WHEN YOU BEGIN TO REALIZE HOW MUCH THIS ACTIVITY WILL COST PERHAPS SANITY WILL APPEAR. FOR A CHANGE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL IS WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE AND NOT CONCERNED WITH THE LEFTIES WHO BELIEVE ALL OF THE POLITICANS LIES. THERE IS STILL NO AGREEMENT ABOUT THE GAS EMISSION AND GLOBAL WARMING BUT THERE IS A LOT OF DISINFORMATION PUT OUT BY THE OBUMA ADMINISTRATION.
IF ONLY WE HAD THE ABILITY TO SEE 10 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE WE WILL SEE AN AMERICA THAT IS BROKE. AND ALL OF THE DEMS WILL BE CRYING AND ASKING WHY WERE WE SO STUPIT TO BELIEVE ALL OF THE LIES. THE REPUBS HAVE BEEN CALLED THE PARTY OF "NO." THE DEMS ARE THE PARTY OF LIES

Posted by: MALBENNET | April 1, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli proving once again . . .

The GOP . . .

. . . on the wrong side of history every time.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | April 1, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, dueling is outlawed and the citizens of the Commonwealth cannot collectively challenge Cuccinelli to a duel.

How many of our tax dollars are being wasted on his excessive, wasteful, hateful, and close-minded (and heart) suits? He is costing the Commonwealth millions. There is no more Common Wealth for all Virginians; it is now all about Cuccinelli and his special interests (that is, big businesses). Be good to learn who is padding his pockets.

Posted by: Post-ing | April 1, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse


"IF ONLY WE HAD THE ABILITY TO SEE 10 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE "

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If Americans could see 10 years into the future Al Gore would have won in a land slide and we would have been a much better country.

Posted by: arunc1 | April 1, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

It is time to bring impeachment proceedings against this moron. The man is without shame. I get the feeling this twerp is the fall guy for McDonnell's agenda.

Posted by: SWB2 | April 1, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

And the beat goes on...

Seriously, you guys don't have anything else better do in VA?!

I really didn't know that VA was such a right-wing state! I thought you guys were more moderate there in VA. But, I guess I was wrong.

I can't believe taxpayers in the state would rather see their hard-earned money fighting more fuel-efficient cars than paying for educations, roads, etc.

But, I guess you guys have money to burn. Must be nice.

Posted by: associate20 | April 1, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

What a tool.

I guess he believes that OIL WILL EXIST FOREVER. Does he not know that there were a limited number of dinosaurs that walked the earth with JAYSUS, and that limited number of JAYSUS dinosaurs resulted in a limited amount of oil???

Maybe he thinks the second coming of JAYSUS is solely to turn water into OIL for the US.

Posted by: racerdoc | April 1, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Anybody who knew anything about this looney idiot would have know that his weekly posturing -- whether it be over guns, homosexuals, health care, or fuel consumption -- was as predictable as the sun coming up.

He is running to the the hero of the Teabaggers -- and nothing else.

Posted by: singleseatbiggermeat | April 1, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Last time I looked Virginia had a pretty big deficit - he's grandstanding himself out of a job. Let's recall Cuccinelli - just like they recalled Gray Davis in CA.

Posted by: bbunch2 | April 1, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking that soon someone is going to demand a sanity test for this joker.
He is a real piece of work. Almost as bat**** insane as Palin.
You almost wondering if this guy is just pulling people's leg he's so off the wall, far right extreme.

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

Cuccinelli makes McDonnell look like Caspar Milquetoast.

Posted by: mcleangirl | April 1, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Virginia sure must be rich. To let your Attorney General to constantly use the courts to re-fight the Civil War takes a lot of money. I sure hope the money holds up and there aren't crimes the Attorney General is failing to prosecute because he thinks he is Robert E. Lee.

Posted by: merrylees | April 1, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Because really, this is such a productive thing to do.

Posted by: yh132 | April 1, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is the bad cop who plays to The McDonnell good cop who are both dummies sitting on Pat Robertson's lap. He has his hands up their backsides moving their lips.Hopefully this will wake up the voters in Virginia, if not there is no hope for this Plantation mentality state.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | April 1, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Um, April Fools?

I think the GOP just opened a new front: activist state attorneys general.

Posted by: bikes-everywhere | April 1, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there one Republican leader in Virginia that can talk some sense into this moron?

Posted by: Richard18 | April 1, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Is Cuccinelli going to challenge everything the Obama administration does in court? I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on the health care bill because it's a legitimate legal question. However, on this, it sounds to me like he's claiming that global warming is fake - laughable in a society that generally agrees that the planet is warming, but disagrees on the causes.

As a Virginia resident, I'm severely disappointed by Cuccinelli in the first months of his position. And now he's doing anything to obstruct and make a name for himself. Look for Cuccinelli to run for President. God help us if he wins.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | April 1, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Interesting....I just tried to write an e-mail to Ken Cuccinelli via his website. It says I'm limited to 300 words. You would think a lawyer would be used to reading lengthy papers.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | April 1, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Virginia can pay for this by cutting education spending in VA. We need more Americans who can compete for the jobs illegal aliens are taking anyway.

Posted by: James10 | April 1, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Coochi.

With our without the EPA's assertion with regard to global warming, better mileage standards are good for America. It pushes the auto-makers to buy cars we want to drive. Or didn't you notice what happened to the economy the last time gas prices went up and people stopped buying SUV's.

ID-10-T!

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | April 1, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is not acting as an attorney general. He treats the job as if it's only purpose is to advance his political agenda. His lawsuits have little or no merit. He will lose them all, and, in the end, he will do little damage.

I prefer that he waste his time on these non-meritorious lawsuits than on other things where he could do real damage.

Posted by: esch | April 1, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

This bozo is wasting federal and state taxpayer dollars while he tries to advance his extremist far right agenda. Virginians will soon realize what a nut job they have as Attorney General. The Virginia Constitution needs a recall referendum.

Posted by: Viewpoint2 | April 1, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

There goes Ken "Cuckoo-Cuckoo" Cuccinelli again wasting the Virginan tax payers money and wasting the resources of the General Attourney's office. This is 'man' is just grandstanding so he can get elected to a higher office. To top it all off he puts out a disingenious statement saying that his frivolous law suits only cost the ta payers $350 for the filing fee knowing full well that each case he files cost the Commonwealth of Virginia about a half million dollars each in labor. Let's play devil's advocate and say it only cost $350 because we know there's no crime or other weighty matters in Virginia then at the rate Cuckoo-Cuckoo Cuccinelli is filing these lawsuits he will quickly bankrupt the state's coffers. One can only assume that Gov McDonnell agrees with this waste of time, energy or money or he would stop Cuccinelli from embarassing his office and the commonwealth. Maybe Cuckoo-Cuckoo Cuccinelli should team up with the ex-judge who sued the dry cleaners. They're both paranoid in the extreme and could swap ideas on how to waste the court's time.

Posted by: dre7861 | April 2, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

He must be the biggest idiot of all. Verginians should be ashamed of this guy.

Posted by: VoterfromIL | April 2, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

It would only cost $350 if he and whoever helped him filed these suits on their spare time like evenings, weekends...

Posted by: thor2 | April 2, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

How much money are these frivolous suits waged by this jack*ss costing us?
This is the tea-bagger republicans idea of being fiscally responsible, and how elected officials should spend our money.
Remember the tea-bagger republican motto- "Do as I say, not as I do....."!

Posted by: jeffc6578 | April 2, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Impeach Cucinelli.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 2, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Has this guy tackled one actual VA problem since he got elected to office, or is this Karl Rove in a lawyer suit going to spend all of his time campaigning for the govenors seat by just filing lawsuits against the federal government.

Well VA, thats what you get for electing a guy who 30 years ago would have been a member of the KKK. Enjoy it as he wastes hundreds of millions of dollars of VA tax money fighting the federal government on things he will lose.

Oh, but the "real Virginians" will appreciate it.

Posted by: Nosh1 | April 2, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I agree with most of the posters who are embarrassed by our attorney general. Once again, he doesn't understand that his job is to serve the people--not his own political agenda.

Incidentally, had American car manufacturers been forced to have higher fuel economy, they would have done better when gas prices were high. Also, my hybrid SUV has paid the extra cost in 3 years and now is saving me money. Manufacturers can easily get 35 mpg.

Also, it's not just about greenhouse gases. It's more about decreasing dependence on oil. America can do this and we shouldn't listen to the naysayers like Cuccinelli.

Posted by: jmkark | April 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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