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Another Day, Yet ANOTHER Loss for Ken Cuccinelli at Supreme Court


It’s truly astounding how much time and taxpayer money former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wasted during his four years in office. Honestly, can anyone think of a single accomplishment – one that actually benefits Virginia’s environment, economy, people, whatever – Cuccinelli had as AG? Heck, in just 100 days, current AG Mark Herring has already accomplished far, FAR more than Cuccinelli did in his four years in office, arguably in his entire political career.

But Cuccinelli’s record, sadly, is far worse than simply not accomplishing anything. If he were just a “nothingburger” as AG, that would be one thing. But Cuccinelli actually did a great deal of harm, including pursuing an absurd vendetta (which he lost, but not after wasting a lot of time and money and causing a great deal of grief) against a leading climate scientist. What’s astounding is how many frivolous cases Cuccinelli filed, such as his Ahab-like pursuit of “Obamacare,” and how many he lost. If Cuccinelli were a baseball team, he’d be the Astros or the Marlins. If Cuccinelli were a football team, he’s be the…sad to say, Washington ***skins. You get the picture.

Anyway, another day, another big loss for Kookinelli at the Supreme Court. Check it out.

The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration yet another major win for its environmental agenda on Tuesday, upholding an EPA rule aimed at preventing some states from polluting their downwind neighbors with harmful emissions from sources like coal-burning power plants.

The 6-2 decision overturns a lower court’s judgment that the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule overstepped the agency’s Clean Air Act authority. The rule’s opponents included utilities, industry groups and “upwind” states like Texas, Virginia and Ohio.

As you can see here, Cooch was a signatory to this “Brief for the State and Local Respondents in Opposition,” along with many of his fellow Teapublican AGs (e.g., Pam Bondi of Florida, Luther Strange of Alabama) in the case of the US EPA et al and the American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., et al. (Note: the Homer City  Generation plant is a 2-gigawatt, coal-burning power station in Indina County, Pennsylvania). In short, Cuccinelli and his fellow fossil fuel tools were arguing for dirty air, for climate catastrophe, for lung cancer and asthma, and for the profits of powerful corporations. The other side was arguing for clean air and against all that other stuff. Of course, Cooch was on the wrong side. And, as usual, he lost. To that, I just wanted to quote the bully Nelson from The Simpsons – HA HA! 🙂

  • ALEXANDRIA- Mark Levine, Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District in Virginia, made the following statement in response to today’s United States Supreme Court ruling in Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation that holds that the EPA can regulate pollution that drifts across state lines:

    The Supreme Court sided today with a common-sense rule that corporate polluters should be held responsible for the pollution they cause, no matter where that pollution is causing harm. This ruling will pave the way for the EPA to take steps to stop upstream polluters from making the Potomac River so polluted that you can’t even swim in it.

    As a Member of Congress, I will work to pass legislation that not only regulates the pollution but punishes the individual officers of companies who willfully pollute our air and water. We need to make sure that what happened in Charleston, WV, where the drinking water source for over 300,000 people was contaminated by a chemical spill, not only does not happen here in Northern Virginia, but does not happen again anywhere in the nation.

  • I’m told that Connolly took the lead on a letter from members of Congress to the EPA in support of the proposed cross-state air pollution rule that was the subject of the favorable SCOTUS ruling.

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