At a Ken Cuccinelli press conference this morning in Abingdon to discuss Terry McAuliffe’s stance on EPA air regulations, the Virginians for Clean Government – “a group of about 40 southwest Virginians speaking out against Cuccinelli” – was out in force (see photo) protesting Cuccinelli’s conflict of interest with Pittsburgh-based natural gas company CONSOL Energy. Linda Skeens of Coeburn, Virginia – whose husband is a coal miner – is one of the group’s leaders and planned to ask Cuccinelli if he will return the $100,000 he’s received in contributions from CONSOL or step down as AG. Knowing Cuccinelli, I wouldn’t recommend that Mrs. Skeens hold her breath waiting for any answers; more like “no no no!” is all we ever get from Cooch.
By the way, on the EPA’s proposed regulations on new coal-fired power plants (which there won’t be any of regardless, due to competition from natural gas, wind, energy efficiency, solar, etc.), Cuccinelli isn’t just wildly wrong on the policy (see here for more on that), he’s also wrong on the politics. Just last night, we learned that a plurality of Virginians SUPPORTS the EPA, not Ken Cuccinelli and his fossil fuel puppet masters.
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