Once the darling of Central Kentucky environmentalists (you know, the folks he owes his 600-vote victory last year to), Rep. Ben Chandler has made a string of anti-environmental regulation votes since the beginning of the year. And today was the cherry on top, as he voted (one of 13 Democrats) to approve the Whitfield amendment to the TRAIN Act, which blocks the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on power plant emissions of mercury.
Yes, Ben Chandler voted to make Kentucky safer for mercury pollution.
And Chandler later voted to approve the entire TRAIN Act, a full-frontal assault on the EPA.
Chandler sent out an op-ed to reporters this morning, decrying burdensome regulation, including this sentence:
“Many regulations are ones we need, like the kind that prevent toxic chemicals from entering our water supply, but how many are frivolous and overly burdensome?”
Yeah, but I guess calling mercury “toxic” is subjective, eh Ben?
The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will likely be blocked, and President Obama has already threatened a veto.
But at least Ben Chandler gets another vote against Obama and the environment to convince coal companies not to pour money into his opponent’s campaign next year. Which will totally happen.