Senate Democrats along with five Republican Senators helped to block a Republican backed move to scrap EPA regulations on the coal industry. Keeping the regulations in place will ultimately kill jobs as it has already done and but the coal industry out of business. This means Barack Obama will have succeeded at bringing the coal industry to its knees, which will also help advance his promise, "Under my plan" energy rates "would necessarily skyrocket."

“A substantial amount of the electricity we produce in the country comes from coal. And this new regulation would devastate the jobs that depend on this cheap, abundant resource,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just ahead of the vote on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

According to the Kansas City Star,

The measure, sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., failed, 53-46.

Picking an election-year fight over the wisdom of instituting new environmental regulations in a weak economy, Republicans argued the rules will force older power plants to close, putting people out of jobs, and will drive up the cost of electricity.

Inhofe warned senators that by voting against his measure, "you are effectively killing coal in America."

What are the five RINOs, so that you can write them down and vote them out of office next time they come up for re-election? I'm glad you asked.

Protein Wisdom gives us the names and the little circus act that ensued on the vote.

All of which pales in comparison to the actions of several Republican Senators who crossed over and voted with the Democrats to kill off coal in the US — to stifle growth, to further burden those already struggling with the loss of equity in their homes, to ensure that the economy remains moribund, all for the cheap grace of pretending to support a cleaner environment.

Because not only did these GOP Senators — Lamar Alexander, Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Kelly Ayotte — cross over to help the Democrats defeat the Inhofe bill, the fact that they crossed over allowed several Democrat Senators up for re-election to themselves cross over and pretend to be conservative and pro-growth without costing their Party the vote.

The White House had threatened to veto Inhofe's plan on Monday claiming that it would "cause substantial harm to public health and undermine our nation's longstanding commitment to clean up pollution from power plants.”

Jeff G. also points out this is exactly why it is important to know what one believes and what their character is when you vote them into office. It is not enough that they wear a team's jersey. It is more important you know what the person stands for in his core convictions.

I just wonder what people will do when they will either be faced with rolling brownouts or ever increasing electricity costs. Will many of them turn to these elected officials who have sold them and the coal industry out?

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