The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter offered its response to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s announcement that the Attorney General’s office is challenging US EPA action regulating greenhouse gases and finding that climate change endangers the public health of Americans.
“Attorney General Cuccinelli is wasting taxpayers’ money on frivolous and ideological litigation that ignores the science and the law,” said Glen Besa, Director of the Virginia Chapter of Sierra Club. “Who exactly is he representing?” Click here to view the entire statement.
The law to which Besa was referring is the Supreme Court ruling in 2007 that held greenhouse gases are a pollutant under the Clean Air Act which is the job of the US EPA to enforce. The science of climate change is based on thousands of scientific papers by more than 2000 scientists all over the world who participate in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Mr. Besa also penned an editorial response entitled “Grandstanding at Taxpayers’ Expense” which was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“In his recent blog posts the Attorney General confuses climate with weather when he points to the recent snow storms as proof that climate change does not exist. In fact, warmer oceans contribute to considerably more moisture in the atmosphere which would account for more snow; however, no climate scientist will point to a single weather event and attribute it to climate change,” said Besa.
Press covering this issue and including quotes from Mr. Besa:
Virginian-Pilot: Va. to challenge Obama administration over global warming finding
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Va. challenges EPA’s stance on global warming