“This is economically destructive on a scale i haven’t seen before, this one rule and we have to overcome it,” said Cuccinelli.
The candidates also took different positions on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed emission rules rolled out Friday.
The agency announced its plan to cap the amount of greenhouse gasses that could be emitted from new coal plans. Cuccinelli said the proposal would cripple Virginia’s coal industry.
“The administration renewed its war on coal today,” Cuccinelli said. “And it’s important for us in Northern Virginia to remember – in Virginia, the war on coal is a war on our poor.”
McAuliffe still hasn’t taken a firm position on whether any new coal plants should be allowed in Virginia. He didn’t take one yet on the new EPA proposal either.
“We’ll begin to look at them immediately, get experts in and all of us look at them together and make that decision,” McAuliffe told reporters.