March 4 News: A Climate Denier In Virginia’s Governor Race

Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

The favored Republican candidate for the Virginia governor’s race is state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a bluntly partisan firebrand who has become nationally known for his crusade against the science of climate change. [National Journal]

He launched a two-year investigation of University of Virginia climate scientist Michael Mann — which the Virginia Supreme Court eventually shut down. He has sued to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the fossil-fuel pollution that causes global warming. In his new book, The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty, Cuccinelli ramped up his attack on EPA’s climate rules, warning that they’ll slow the U.S. economy and force Americans to live in a future of brownouts and endless gas-station lines.

His likely opponent, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, is planning to attack Cuccinelli for his hard-right views on climate change as part of a broader effort to paint the Republican as an extremist on a range of hot-button issues, including abortion, gay rights, and immigration, the McAuliffe campaign says.

But Cuccinelli’s climate crusade, in particular, will resonate with his party’s base nationally as well as with conservative Virginians. The race is kicking into gear just as President Obama declared, in his State of the Union and inaugural speeches, that he plans to aggressively fight climate change — a cause the president sees as a legacy issue. And Obama’s climate agenda is almost certain to lead to more of the EPA regulations that Cuccinelli has warred against.

The latest column by Thomas Friedman lays out the ways climate change can act as destabilizing stressor on geopolitics, especially through its effect on food prices. [NYTimes]

A new effort is underway to measure methane leakage along the United States’ supply chain of natural gas, in order to determine the full extent of the industry’s effect on climate change. [WaPo]

While the latest snowstorms to hit Kansas have been an inconvenience, they’ve also brought the area much-needed precipitation. However, without further rainfall, the drought that has plagued the state will continue. [Topeka Capital-Journal]

In a rare instance of cooperation, Russia and the United States have now joined forces to push for greater protection for the polar bears under a global treaty on endangered species, which is being reviewed this week at a conference in Bangkok. [NYTimes]

According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, the three summer months that ended in February were the hottest season ever recorded in the country, leading Australia’s Climate Commission to label it the “Angry Summer” in a new report. [The Telegraph]

China’s potential carbon tax may spur U.S. lawmakers “to more seriously consider what the appropriate U.S. actions should be on market-based climate policies,” according to a trader representative. [Bloomberg]

Flooding in the country of Wales last year is the likely reason a new national survey found that concern about climate change amongst the Welsh population is greater than it was two years ago. [Wales Online]

12 Responses to March 4 News: A Climate Denier In Virginia’s Governor Race

  1. Superman1 says:

    Cuccinelli is as hard-right as they come.

  2. Joan Savage says:

    The Topeka article on drought included

    ““We’ve had a lot of problems with pneumonia this year because we’ll have a 70-degree day and then a couple days later it’s down to single digits,” Moore said. “That’s really hard on livestock when your temperature fluctuates that much.”

    As CP readers know, climate change is predicted to increase fluctuations in both temperature and moisture.

    What the quote brings to mind are the Heat Shock Proteins (HSP) that develop in organisms in response to stressors.

    Although named for heat shock, the HSP proteins are expressed in response to abrupt heat or cold, chemical stress or emotional stress. The HSPs have a range of biological roles, from protection to damage.

    Numerous articles have been written on the presence of HSPs in climate-stressed organisms, but it hasn’t had as much public education as the other foreseeable outcomes.

  3. Sasparilla says:

    Ernest Moniz, MIT physicist, is to be nominated as energy secretary

    “Moniz… also devoted to the “all-of-the-above” strategy for energy that Obama has embraced. In a voluminous written and spoken record, Moniz has come out in favor of nuclear power, research into carbon capture and storage for coal, renewable energy and shale gas produced by hydraulic fracturing.”

    Gotta love it, both the EPA nomination and Dept Energy nomination are much more palatable to the fossil fuel industry and their friends…for some reason…

  4. red-diaper baby 1942 says:

    This is a bit off-topic, but back in 2010 Cuccinelli sought to change the Virginia State Seal, with the female figure on the Seal clothed more “modestly”. That, you see, is the kind of thing that REALLY matters. Never mind the looming climate catastrophe, rising sea levels, worsening air and water pollution — that’s just left-wing propaganda!
    I’m pretty sure I saw this on TP, but the blog archives only go back to 2011.

  5. Superman1 says:

    You’re focusing on the ‘shell’; look at the ‘pea’. It’s all being done because that’s what we the electorate want: unlimited cheap energy so our lifestyle continues unabated. Moniz will deliver what ‘we’ want!

  6. Joan Savage says:

    Britain must become more resilient to both drought and flooding, Environment Agency chairman Chris Smith has said.

    New figures from the agency show that one in every five days saw flooding in 2012, but one in four days saw drought.

    Rivers such as the Tyne, Ouse and Tone fell to their lowest and rose to their highest flows since records began, within a four-month period of the year.

    Lord Smith said urgent action was vital to help “prepare and adapt” many aspects of Britain for such extremes.

    Meteorologists fear that extremes of weather may increase as global temperatures slowly rise.

    Met Office analysis has suggested that the UK could experience a severe short-term drought, similar to the drought experienced in 1976, once a decade.

  7. Millicent says:

    Has anyone asked Cuccinelli how much taxpayer’s money he has spent pursuing climate scientists?

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    They keep getting worse. On the Right there is negative evolution, an unnatural selection in progress. If humanity were to survive another century or two, we’d see Rightwing amphibians crawling back into the sea, screeching gibberish as they descend beneath the waves.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    And don’t forget the epigenetic effects, that can be passed on to subsequent generations.

  10. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Because Obama doesn’t have to fool the sucker voters any more, so ‘the gloves can come off’.

  11. Ozonator says:

    At any position, General Ken will lead the extreme GOP draft dodgers into more of the same waste of governments’ time and money to sue, sue, sue so none of the liberal (anti-slavery) safety net is funded.

  12. Joan Savage says:


    e.g. Effects of a famine unto the third generation.