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Cuccinelli Picks Another Fight

Va. attorney general is ready to brawl over fuel efficiency



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    RICHMOND, VA - NOVEMBER 03: Republican Attorney General-elect of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli holds up a broom to represent a clean sweep, during a victory party for Governor-elect Bob McDonnell of Virginia on November 3, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia. McDonnell beat out Democratic challenger Creigh Deeds in Virginia's gubernatorial race today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Virginia's top lawyer is remarkably enthusiastic about his job.

    Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is going to court again -- this time over the Environmental Protection Agency's new fuel efficiency rules. Cuccinelli's spokesman, Brian Gottstein, said the attorney general will file a notice of appeal.

    By model year 2016, cars will be required to get an average of 35.5 miles per gallon. The EPA said the decision will save drivers money and protect the environment, but Cuccinelli's not convinced.

    He's suing because the rules could jeopardize another lawsuit he's filed, one that challenges the EPA's conclusion that greenhouse gases are dangerous to people and should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

    Cuccinelli was only elected attorney general in November, but he's wasted no time in using his legal powers. In addition to suing against health care reform, he's also told the state's public colleges that they have no authority to prohibit discrimination against gays.