McAuliffe, Cuccinelli faceoff over climate change, energy in Virginia

posted at 6:41 pm on June 26, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

While the grandiose regulatory and top-down plan for addressing climate change that President Obama released yesterday is a fairly low-priority issue in and of itself for most Americans, it’s economic effects on the energy sector, jobs, and Americans’ cost of living looms quite a bit larger — and that is an issue that’s likely to manifest itself in 2013′s only competitive gubernatorial race.

The early polls so far have former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli pretty much running neck-and-neck in very purplish, national-bellwether status Virginia, although the most recent numbers have the the slightest, practically margin-of-error edge leaning toward McAuliffe. A major part of any victory is going to be a full-on battle for the independent vote, and energy is one of the bigger issues in Virginia especially, with its thousands of coal-related jobs and the huge potential for offshore drilling development — hence why Cuccinelli is immediately looking to associate McAuliffe and President Obama’s costly, industry-slapping climate-change plans, and McAuliffe is immediately trying to distance himself from them. Via WaPo:

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the Republican nominee, used Obama’s climate plan to attack McAuliffe and his fellow Democrats for their policies on coal. And McAuliffe offered some mild criticism of the administration’s potential actions.

“While we’re waiting on actual regulations to be proposed, Terry believes any new regulations should balance the need to encourage clean energy with the fact that coal is, and will continue to be, a large portion of Virginia’s energy mix,” said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin. “Terry would be seriously concerned about regulations that would significantly increase utility costs for Virginians or result in the closure of existing Virginia power plants.” …

“Terry McAuliffe and President Obama are joining together to continue their war on coal, inflicting devastating and unnecessary regulatory burdens on Virginia’s coal industry,” Cuccinelli said in a statement issued by his campaign. “Applying new emissions standards to existing coal-fired power plants makes our coal plants shutting down a very real and scary possibility …”

Back in his 2009 bid for the governorship, McAuliffe now infamously insisted that “We have got to move past coal. As governor, I never want another coal plant built” — but perhaps realizing the relative futility of holding down that position in the commonwealth, he’s since changed tack and endorsed “a healthy work force of coal.” On offshore drilling, too, McAuliffe has pulled a one-eighty since Virginia’s U.S. senators introduced legislative ideas for exploding the lockdown the Obama administration currently has over every area except that Gulf and Alaska later on. Expect the Cuccinelli camp to refer to the very obvious flip-flops, and the McAuliffe camp in turn to keep painting Cuccinelli as a kooky right-wing, science-denying, close-minded extremist, or something.


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Issues, both have them.

Bmore on June 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Wow, thought I had been banned for a couple of minutes there.

Bmore on June 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Climate change, SSM, illegal immigration, 60 year old voting laws? Good to know there no other pressing problems facing the good ole’ US of A.

VegasRick on June 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Ken Cuccinelli is a rising star. Too bad about his being paired with Archie Bunker.

Capitalist Hog on June 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Capitalist Hog on June 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I want you liberals to win. I want you getting everything you demand, in full.

Liam on June 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

President AGW will not be amused!

22044 on June 26, 2013 at 6:56 PM

President AGW will not be amused!

22044 on June 26, 2013 at 6:56 PM

You and me couldn’t get away with our wives what the country lets Obama get away with.

Liam on June 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

[Quote]Capitalist Hog on June 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM
I want you liberals to win. I want you getting everything you demand, in full.
Liam on June 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM[/quote]

And quick so they may have time to wake up and throw it in reverse in the nick of time.

MechanicalBill on June 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

You and me couldn’t get away with our wives what the country lets Obama get away with.

Liam on June 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Yes, indeed.

22044 on June 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Funny thing the strategy some trolls use here at HA. They come into the place initially with a Conservative slant to the comments they make. Somehow though if you pay very close attention, you can tell they are nothing more than a lie.

Bmore on June 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM

What would be the effect of this Global Warming fraud and coercion, if successful? To make part of the world fools and part hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth. Barack Obama and Al Gore and the Global Warming fraudsters s have converted simple changes in the weather into an engine with which to try to enslave mankind to filch ever more power and wealth to themselves. They, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Scientists.

VorDaj on June 26, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Interesting on global warming climate change we have Democratic Senator Manchin from West Virginia where coal is king. The following link has a 5 minute fox interview where Manchin calls Obama a flat earther, though Manchin kind of wavers when asked about climate change: http://www.tpnn.com/brutal-democrat-senator-shreds-obamas-climate-change-speech-irresponsible-flat-earth
A good comment from DiamondStrike:

Senator, you sold your soul and your constituents to the Democrats for a few pieces of silver. Your state is about to be decimated, it’s jobs destroyed, its citizens placed into squalor. You vote for amnesty for illegal aliens. And this is the best that you can come up with? You should be changing parties and demanding Obama be impeached. Sad Senator, sad.

I agree that I am puzzled why this WV senator remains a Democrat. I think maybe we need to get more publicity and pressure on him. He should switch parties!

anotherJoe on June 26, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Too bad about you being paired with any typical communist.

blink on June 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Liberals get really and seriously offended when we want them getting what they want.

I’ve already been accused of being ‘hateful’ for wanting liberals to finally experience what is to come when Obamacare kicks in.

Liam on June 26, 2013 at 7:21 PM

These two clowns are why I’m voting for Libertarian Robert Sarvis.

RayinVA on June 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Too bad about you being paired with any typical communist.

blink on June 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Bend it scumbag. You must be talking to MadisonConservative, Snowden’s concubine. You’re just a fluffer.

The other day you tried to accuse me of being anti-gay. That’s a good one. I dislike you in spite of your sexuality.

Capitalist Hog on June 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Too bad about his being paired with Archie Bunker.

Capitalist Hog

Too bad about you being paired with an elephant. Pig and elephant DNA just won’t splice.

xblade on June 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Extremist!!!!!

This Democrat is further left than most of the ones I know.

McAuliffe Supports A Public Option.

MCAULIFFE: “I do. Listen, I’ve been a big pusher for the public option from day one.”

(MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” 10/27/09)

See more at: http://www.cuccinelli.com/cuccinelli-statement-on-ongoing-irs-controversy/#sthash.Mn6LwUHO.dpuf

IlikedAUH2O on June 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Clarity to append my earlier comment.

Bmore on June 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Clarity to append my earlier comment.

Bmore on June 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

…well…he’s always been an A$$…don’t know why he didn’t registrar as A$$…instead of Hog!

KOOLAID2 on June 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

And quick so they may have time to wake up and throw it in reverse in the nick of time.

MechanicalBill on June 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

No way they’re that smart. They’re more like monkeys banging on a box of dynamite with a hammer. There won’t be any waking up until there’s a very loud noise.

trigon on June 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

These two clowns are why I’m voting for Libertarian Robert Sarvis.

RayinVA on June 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

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Liberals aren’t doing this. They are holding their noses and voting for Terry McStupid. Thanks for throwing away what little influence you have on the political process in a meaningless gesture.

ExpressoBold on June 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Liberals aren’t doing this. They are holding their noses and voting for Terry McStupid. Thanks for throwing away what little influence you have on the political process in a meaningless gesture.

ExpressoBold on June 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Wow, that’s original.

Thanks for being a gutless, deluded sheep pretending there’s a damn bit of difference between D and R.

RayinVA on June 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

RayinVA on June 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I can appreciate your opinion about D and R being tweedle de and tweedle dum.

Just remember which one is dum.

Is Goldwater conservative enough for ya?

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2009-10-22/opinions/36893109_1_social-conservative-movement-governor-ken-cuccinelli-ii

IlikedAUH2O on June 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Thanks for being a gutless, deluded sheep pretending there’s a damn bit of difference between D and R.

RayinVA on June 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

If you can’t tell the difference between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe, please do vote third party. If you voted for someone who might actually win, it’s fifty-fifty that you’d screw us all.

Athanasius on June 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

From the linked supplied by “IlikedAUH2O” (no doubt only after he died):

“State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II of Fairfax County, the Republican candidate to be the state’s top lawyer, portrays the environmental movement as a socialist ploy and said in 2003 that homosexuality is just plain wrong.”

Yes, I can see why a “Goldwaterite” would think that Cuccinelli was somehow a side-show freak for holding to traditional Christian morality and understanding that the modern environmental movement is all about statist control. Especially if said “Goldwaterite” was actually a liberal posing as something else.

Athanasius on June 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Athanasius on June 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

They give classes in reading comprehension.

Please take one.

IlikedAUH2O on June 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Athanasius on June 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Then come back and tell me all about Goldwater, too.

IlikedAUH2O on June 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Athanasius on June 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Then check the donor list to Ken C.

Then shut up.

IlikedAUH2O on June 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The coal miners will follow the rules and only vote once.

A former DNC chairman, however, knows how to ‘turn out the vote’.

If the polling is close, it won’t be on voting day.

Carnac on June 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

WTF is it with all the “Thank You Obama” internet advertising on global warming? It’s like the NSA has control of all our computers, forcing us to see messages glorifying The Maximum Leader. It’s fricking EVERYWHERE…..Brietbart, NRO, here, Drudge, etc. It’s so f*cking in-your-face.

olesparkie on June 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

olesparkie on June 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Save our nation!

Call to the religious.

Get your religious teachers to help our nation!

We need an absolution program (Can you hear me Catholic priests?) for any person in a position of power to be forgiven their sins and given special grace for coming forward after suffering blackmail or other influence.

Moreover, Holy Mother Church will extend its blessing and sanctuary to those sinners and declare special opprobrium on those who attempt to corrupt the political process by threats to expose the sins of those in power.

Bring back excommunication and the Protestant shunning for the blackmailers and extortionists.

IlikedAUH2O on June 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

This is a bell weather election as much for stolen elections as anything.

Can there be any doubt that if the election is close the Terry-poo will win? That they’ll keep counting until there’s enough, then close the election and announce him winner?

The Repubs have to be willing to have the data and the will to be ready to challenge this. We have been living too long in election cycles that are rigged.

itsspideyman on June 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM