Lamar sells out

How much is a vote worth? Tennesseans now know the answer since Sen. Lamar Alexander traded his vote in defense of the wrongheaded, ridiculous Utility MACT regulation in return for $200,000 in ads courtesy of an alarmist environmental outfit.

Alexander's support for keeping the MACT -- or Mercury and Air Toxics Standards -- regulation in place left many in Washington, D.C. and Tennessee scratching their heads. After all, the MACT regulation is considered the cornerstone of President Obama's War on Coal. The scheme will shutter coal plants across the United States and reduce America's coal energy supply by roughly a third. MACT increases America's reliance on foreign oil and will cause electricity prices to soar, while doing almost nothing to improve the environment.

The supposed goal of the MACT regulation is to reduce the amount of mercury in the air.