"I share the concerns of many Virginians about President Obama's announcement of burdensome new regulations on energy providers in the Commonwealth and throughout the country. These new policies were never approved by Congress, they will kill jobs in the energy sector in Southwest Virginia, they will drive energy costs still higher, and they will impose the greatest hardship on working families across the Commonwealth who have already seen their electric bills skyrocket over the past two years.
"When manufacturers decide where to locate, near the top of their list is access and cost of utilities. We must be good stewards of the environment and conserve our natural treasures for the generations to come. However, the President's message today is that he is going to make America less competitive for jobs and economic development. That's the exact wrong approach. As Attorney General, I will stand up for Virginia's laws and interests when they're threatened by overreaching federal regulations. If this administration continues to bypass Congress, it may fall to Attorneys General to serve as a check on executive actions that exceed statutory authority. I will be a tireless advocate for working Virginians and their families when an overreaching federal government oversteps its bounds and seeks to impose ill-conceived policies that will kill jobs and cause energy costs to skyrocket.
"This isn't a partisan issue, it's a Virginia issue. I am going to stand up for Virginia families and businesses and for the economic health and vitality of Virginia in seeking every available avenue to challenge this new example of executive overreach."
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