University alumnus and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed students yesterday at the University of Virginia, drawing supporters as well as dozens of protestors from several student groups. The event was co-sponsored by the University Republicans and the Virginia Law and Graduate Republicans.
In his speech, Cuccinelli addressed the two major suits his office filed against the federal government but did not wish to discuss his subpoena of documents relating to the work of former Environmental Science Prof. Michael Mann, a climate scientist who Cuccinelli believes exaggerated claims regarding global warming.
Cuccinelli first discussed his challenge of an Environmental Protection Agency ruling in December 2009 that greenhouse gases pose an endangerment to public health. “Along with Alabama and Texas, we filed a suit on that endangerment finding not being consistent with the law,” Cuccinelli said. “If we lose this case, the economic impact would be equivalent to that of cap and trade. It would raise electricity rates double what they are over the next 10 years.”
Environmental Science Prof. Vivian Thomson said afterward that she disagreed with Cuccinelli’s statement about the costs associated with the EPA’s finding, calling it “not true.”
“The EPA is proposing changes that would increase fuel efficiency and mean net benefits,” Thomson said.