I have no idea why cap-and-trade is an issue in Virginia’s attorney general race, but Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli had this to say on the subject at RedState (note: “Ration and Tax” is Cuccinelli’s preferred name for cap-and-trade):
As Attorney General, I will use the tools of the office, including the 10th Amendment, to oppose “Ration and Tax” and to preserve the opportunity for Virginians to have the energy they need to be successful in today’s difficult economy.
Now, I think cap-and-trade is bad policy on the merits, particularly in the midst of a difficult recession. But what does “including the 10th Amendment” mean in this context? Is Virginia going to unilaterally nullify federal emissions regulations? I can’t think of any other possible explanation for Cuccinelli’s comment, and I’d be curious to hear his constitutional rationale for ignoring national cap-and-trade legislation.
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I saw these guys at the 9:30 club last week. As always, they rocked the casbah.