Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is called a climate-change denier who has taken more than $800,000 from energy interests in a report released by the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund Tuesday.
"Mr. Cuccinelli's extreme record of denying climate change is horrible news for our economy, our health, and our planet," said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, during a press call he hosted Tuesday with Tom Perriello, president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
"He's been a hardcore climate denier and seems to be proud of it," Karpinski added. "He continues to turn a blind eye to the very real problem of climate change that will impact Virginia."
The report contends that Virginia stands to be one of the states that will be hit hardest by extreme weather if levels of carbon in the atmosphere continue to rise. It also estimates potential damages the state of Virginia will suffer as climate change worsens and the effects of climate change are increasingly felt in the form of extreme weather, Perriello said.
"Today's comments from Tom Perriello and the League of Conservation voters are unsurprising," J. Garren Shipley, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Virginia said, adding: "They're 100 percent committed to Terry McAuliffe, who is in turn 100 percent commmitted to destroying Virginia's coal industry. Terry McAuliffe gave his full support to new EPA rules that will kill thousands of Virginia jobs, and make power bills higher for the most vulnerable Virginians. Democrat Strategist Mudcat Saunders said it very well the other day when he noted that Terry McAuliffe and his supporters care far more about the trees on the top of the mountain than the miners and electric rate payers who live at the bottom of the mountain."