CAP Action Fund Report Criticizes Cuccinelli as Climate-Change Denier

MCLEAN, VA - SEPTEMBER 25: Attorney General for Virginia and Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R) and former DNC Chair and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliff (L) participate in a debate moderated by NBC4 Chuck Todd on September 25, 2013 in McLean, Virginia. Voters go to the polls November 5 to decide which candidate will replace incumbent governor Bob McDonnell, who has reached his term limits. 
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Oct. 8, 2013, 6:03 a.m.

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.”

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