By the same 2-1 vote that it had earlier approved the plant, the Arkansas PSC today refused to rehear its decision to let an old-fashioned, poison-belching, coal-fired power plant be built in Hempstead County, though most everyone else in the civilized world has taken a dim view of such installations. And most everyone else doesn’t have a pristine natural area right next door. This, remember, is a Mike Huckabee PSC, he of the new-found interest in conservation. (CORRECTION: As noted in comments, though the PSC staff, which has been supportive of this proposal, is heavily influenced by a decade in which Huckabee appointed all the commissioners, the two-member majority in this decision was formed by one Beebe and one Huckabee appointee.)

Please read David Newbern’s brief and pointed dissent to get what’s wrong here.