Colorado Senators split their vote today on rolling back Obama’s methane rule with Cory Gardner voting for the West and Michael Bennet voting with his friends back East.

The rollback failed because of the usual Republican defectors, John McCain who tends to vote more with the New York Times delegation than folks back home in Arizona, John McCain wannabe Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Susan Collins, who still won’t admit she’s a Maine Democrat.

Interestingly, Joe Manchin, a Democrat who sides with Republicans when he needs help propping up the coal market of West Virginia, abandoned the West on this one.

The Senate had to rush the vote today because of a time limit on rolling back these Obama-era job killers under the Congressional Review Act.

But there is no constraint on the free market, which is preparing to make its move and challenge the rule in court.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, said the Senate’s action denies taxpayers more than $100 million in annual revenue, and they will see the federal government in court.

“Western Energy Alliance, IPAA and four states will continue to make the case in court that the rule is a vast overreach of BLM authority. The district court judge expressed grave doubts about BLM’s authority to regulate air quality, and we and the states will continue to press that point.”

God Bless America.