Though its passage in the Senate seems doubtful, the House today voted 267 to 144 to approve a bill that blocks the EPA’s ability to regulate coal ash as a hazardous substance. Which is bad news for all of the folks in Kentucky who live next to coal ash landfills (like those on Cane Run Road next to LG&E’s fly ash debacle), but great news for all of the King Coal lobbyists who’ve been pouring money into the coffers of Congress critters. But of course, Kentucky’s state government could always decide to enforce strict regulations on it — (cue laugh track).
And yes, “environmentalist” Rep. Ben Chandler voted for the bill.
This comes a day after the House (full of Tea Partiers “taking their government back”) voted to block the EPA’s ability to lower mercury emissions (along with Ben Chandler, making his second pro-mercury vote in as many weeks) and approve the “Let Women Die Act” — which prevents private insurers from covering abortion services and allows hospitals to “exercise their conscience” by refusing to perform an abortion even when the woman’s life is at risk.
This is what the culture of life (and Liberty) looks like, America.