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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Cuccinelli praises EPA for polluting homebuilder settlement

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Cuccinelli (Wikipedia)

It's always a little notable when Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) praises the Environmental Protection Agency, given that he's suing the EPA over its finding that greenhouse gases cause global warming and endanger human health and is generally a strong critic of the agency.

But praise the EPA Cuccinelli did on Friday, for reaching a settlement with national homebuilder Beazer Homes USA Inc. The company agreed to pay a $925,000 fine for clean water act violations in 21 states, including Virginia.

Cuccinelli noted that Virginia will receive $10,193 from the deal but, more importantly, the company has agreed to clean up its construction practices.

"When the EPA works within the bounds of its authority to enforce environmental regulations, I join in that effort to protect Virginia's natural resources and the interests of her citizens," Cuccinelli said in a statement. "The settlement that the EPA structured with Beazer Homes is tailored to protect the environment without costing people their businesses and the jobs that go with them."

His statement is similar to an April release, praising the EPA for fining another polluting homebuilder.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 3, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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It's unusual when he doesn't act like a complete whack job.

Posted by: Nymous | December 4, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

what a disgrace to VA politics...

Posted by: bam1969 | December 4, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

"When the EPA works within the bounds of its authority..."

In other words, "you're doing exactly what I want you to and not one ounce more." Don't let that feisty protection agency get outta line or think for itself, right? Sounds like a "masa" talking to his slave. Now, he and his posse are off to gather them some shotguns, ropes, and whips before they git to that-thar courthouse so's they can remind the EPA (and any other group that has a mind to do something right) who da boss is.

Disgusting. I'll say it again: this man and his cronies do not speak for me, nor do they represent the ethics and ideals of many other Virginians. I am a native Virginian, and I want the world to know that we want them OUT.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | December 4, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

How does KookyandNutty find the time to make statements? I thought he spent 110% of his time chasing gays and university professors.

Posted by: hairguy01 | December 4, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

With apologies to Monty Python: "No one expects the Cuccinelli Inquisition!!"

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 4, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Come on now...most of you just can't wait until the "Cooch" runs for the U.S. Senate. You'll put him in an office where he can offend the entire country, and possibly the world, not just the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Posted by: mortified469 | December 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

What mental institution did this guy get released from and what idiot doctor released him? I forgot that they must have released his compatriots from the other institutions since he was elected and no sane person could have voted for the idiot. I am thankful that I'm no longer related to anyone in the state of Virginia.

Posted by: charlesvilagboy | December 4, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli's suit against the EPA cites an article from Russia's official press agency RIA Novosti as evidence that British scientists did not accurately record land temperatures in Russia.

This article was an English version of an article that appeared in Russia's business daily Kommersant.

Kommersant is owned by a very bad Gazprom mogul named Alisher Usmanov. He does special jobs for Russia's state-controlled gas company Gazprom and a career that suggests an affiliation with the Soviet and Russian state security.

The "expert" Kommersant cited was Andrei Illarionov, who used to work for Putin and Chernomyrdin. Chernomyrdin was the head of the Soviet Gas Ministry and its reincarnation Gazprom. He is an economist and a political operative, not a scientist.

Illarionov is also an "expert" for the Libertarian Cato Institute.

Cuccinelli doesn't even cite Novosti correctly--he actually mischaracterizes what the Russian propaganda wrote that Britian's Hadley Center was ignoring some of Russia's land-temperature stations.

Since the Hadley Center is in charge of sea-surface temperatures, so this makes no sense at all. The Russian article is just fabricated, propagandistic gibberish.

Cuccinelli had to change what the Russians said so he could attack the CRU, which does collect land temperatures. He claimed that the CRU ignored some land temperature data.

I can't wait for Cuccinelli to go into court with an article from a Gazprom thug that he has mischaracterized.

Cuccinelli's dad is a career gas lobbyist. One of his companies has "European" clients. One of the dad's companies reportedly gave the Cuccinelli campaign 96,000 dollars.

I would like to know who these "European" clients are. They might even be Russian gas companies. I think that Cuccinelli might be attacking climate science because then his father makes a lot of money from his European clients.

There is a lot of information about how the Russian gas companies are buying European politicians such as Berlusconi and Vaclav Klaus, but I think we need transparency in America so we know who is paying for our politicians.

I voted for Cuccinelli, but now I see that he is using his position to persecute our climate scientists.

Cuccinelli often compares Obama to King George, but I think Cuccinelli is probably getting money from the fossil-fuel industry. Who are his dad's "European" clients??

We should be marching on Richmond and demanding that he be investigated for using his office for his family's financial benefit and for persecuting our great scientist Dr. Michael Mann.

The Washington Post has never even looked into the Cuccinelli family's ties to the fossil-fuel lobby.

You should ask him about his ridiculous brief. I don't think people know that Cuccinelli quotes Alisher Usmanov's newspaper Kommersant as proof that British scientists are dishonest.


Posted by: crascal | December 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The U.K. Guardian (12-2-10) is reporting that the stolen State Department cables released by Wikileaks suggest Russia's Prime Minister Putin may be bribing Italy's leader with kickbacks on energy contracts. According to a leaked cable, Berlusconi also "appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of Putin."

I hope all those American politicians who persecute climate scientists are paying attention: agencies of the U.S. government probably know a lot more about "mouthpieces" who are being bribed by the Russian petrostate's gangster-operatives than the suspicions expressed in a few State Department cables. These cables are probably the tip of the iceberg.

Posted by: crascal | December 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli graduated from Gonzaga High School, a Catholic school in Washington D.C.

I am sure they teach the students the science of global warming at Gonzaga. This his important topic is taught in all science books used by Catholic schools. The Vatican follows scientific discoveries and is very concerned about solving the problem of global warming. Every scientific organization says there is global warming.

Cuccinelli claims our climate scientists are greedy liars. Is the Holy Father also a greedy liar, Mr. Cuccinelli?

Maybe the greedy liar is you, Mr. Cuccinelli! Your conspiracy theories about our scientists sounds a lot like the mendacious conspiracy theories of the KGB, the Russian media, and the Kremlin leadership. When you accuse our scientists of crafty plots, you sound just like the KGB when they accused our "crafty" Pentagon scientists of making AIDS. Even the KGB finally admitted that was a lie.
I guess they needed our help to fight their AIDS problem.

The Vatican says to "choose life," but "choose life is not just about abortion. Learning how to control global warming is also about choosing life:

"The scientific evidence for global warming and for humanity’s role in the increase of greenhouse gasses becomes ever more unimpeachable, as the IPCC findings are going to suggest; and such activity has a profound relevance, not just for the environment, but in ethical, economic, social and political terms as well. The consequences of climate change are being felt not only in the environment, but in the entire socio-economic system and, as seen in the findings of numerous reports already available, they will impact first and foremost the poorest and weakest who, even if they are among the least responsible for global warming, are the most vulnerable because they have limited resources or live in areas at greater risk...Many of the most vulnerable societies, already facing energy problems, rely upon agriculture, the very sector most likely to suffer from climatic shifts."---Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, H.E. MSGR. Celestino Migliore (5-10-07)

Posted by: crascal | December 4, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I have never felt so embarrassesed to be a Virginian when this idiot was voted into office.

Posted by: great81 | December 4, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is wasting taxpayers dollars advancing an ideology that has no benefit to the citizens of Virginia, and which is best kept in the realm of private legal actions and not government sponsored lawsuits. I say file a mandamus action against Cuccinelli and have the court enjoin him from pursuing these suits as being beyond his authority in using taxpayers dollars. Then make him actually read a book written by scientists and not theologians.

Posted by: pjglazer | December 4, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Cuccinelli is promoting his own personal agenda, something he was chomping at the bit to do even before he was sworn in. He must have had an enormous to-do list stuffed in his pocket when he sat down at his new desk, and he's determined not to pause one second for anything that won't serve his pre-set plans...unless it helps him spit-shine his veneer.

He's so busy digging up old issues to dissect that he has no time for the real problems Virginians are currently struggling with. Of course, I'm sure he never meant to lend a helping hand, anyway.

God, he's greasy.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | December 5, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

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