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Today is Friday, August 29, 2014


Mark Udall anti-energy, anti-Colorado; votes to kill jobs

Sen. Mark Udall "has supported policies harmful to American energy that could cripple entire industries, destroy jobs and hurt workers in Colorado," says the latest email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Rep. Cory Gardner is challenging Udall in next November's election. Here's the NRSC email for oppositon research fans:

OBAMA'S RUBBER STAMP

Udall Supports Obama's Energy Agenda Instead of
What's Best For Colorado
Votes with Obama an Astounding 99% of the Time

Despite the fact that nearly six in ten Coloradans disapprove of President Obama, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) remains a loyal proxy vote for the liberal Obama agenda. Udall has voted with Obama an astonishing 99% of the time and has supported policies harmful to American energy that could cripple entire industries, destroy jobs, and hurt workers in Colorado. 

Udall is so out of touch with Coloradans that in 2012 and 2013 he voted against approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In reality, an overwhelming majority of Americans support construction of the Pipeline, showing that Mark Udall is more in touch with the liberal Obama agenda then he is with what is in the best interests of Coloradans.

For voters in Colorado, Mark Udall's propensity to support President Obama on energy issues will mean more red tape regulation, higher taxes, and increased costs that would destroy local businesses and hurt the middle class. The Udall-Obama agenda is simply too extreme for Colorado: 

Crippling: Mark Udall supported, and even lobbied his colleagues, to support a cap-and-trade plan that would have increased Colorado energy prices and killed jobs.
Harmful: Mark Udall voted for an amendment that provided for the establishment of a tax on carbon.
Dangerous: Mark Udall voted against an amendment that that would have blocked the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide.

"Mark Udall promised to be an independent voice for Colorado but instead voted with President Obama 99% of the time, and supported a reckless cap-and-trade plan," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Those who don't agree with Barack Obama on energy issues don't agree with Mark Udall either, which is why voters will replace him with a Senator that they can trust to protect families, seniors, and workers in Colorado."

BACKGROUND:

Independence Rhetoric

In 2008, Udall Promised To Be An Independent Voice For Colorado.  UDALL: “How about a little more independence and a little less partisanship? How about focusing on getting things done? Not just scoring political points. I hope to bring more of that spirit to the United States Senate because things must change.” (“Mark Udall For Colorado - Find The Path Up,” Uploaded 11/19/07)

Anti-Energy Policies

In July 2009, Udall Said He Personally Lobbied His Senate Colleagues To Support A Cap-And-Trade Bill. “Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., was less dour, calling chances of passage ‘better than 50-50’ but adding, ‘It’s certainly going to be hard. It’s not an easy lift.’ The prospect for sweeping climate-change legislation has generated a unique effort among supporters - Udall among them - to corral votes.” (Michael Riley, “Climate Bill A Senate Struggle,” The Denver Post, 7/10/09)

In March 2013, Udall Voted In Favor Of Establishing A New Tax On Carbon.“Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Udall Voted Yea)

In March 2013, Udall Voted Against An Amendment That Would Allow For “The Approval And Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline.” “Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment no. 494 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for the approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline as long as the legislation’s costs are offset without raising revenue.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #61: Adopted 62-37: R 45-0; D 17-35; I 0-2, 3/22/13, Udall Voted Nay)

In March 2012, Udall Voted Against Approval Of The Keystone XL Pipeline. “Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment no. 1537 that would provide for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the United States. It would require that the route for the pipeline in Nebraska be submitted by the state of Nebraska. It also would provide for certain environmental protections.” (S. 1813, CQ Vote #34: Rejected 56-42: R 45-0; D 11-40; I 0-2, 3/8/12, Udall Voted Nay)

In May 2006, Udall Voted Against A Bill That Authorized The Interior Department To Grant Leases For Oil And Gas Exploration In Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). “Passage of the bill that would authorize the Interior Department to grant leases for oil and gas exploration, development, and production in the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). It would allow the first lease sale of at least 200,000 acres to be held within 22 months of the bill’s enactment. It would declare a 1987 environmental impact statement sufficient for the Interior Department to begin the sales. Lessees would be required to pay the federal government royalties of at least 12.5 percent of the product value removed or sold as determined by the agency. Half of the rental and royalty revenues would be paid to Alaska and half would go to the federal government. It would ban the exportation of oil pumped in ANWR and it would limit to 2,000 acres the area covered by wells, roads and other production infrastructure.” (H.R. 5429, CQ Vote #209: Passed 225-201: R 198-30; D 27-170; I 0-1, 5/25/06, Udall Voted Nay)

In June 2006, Udall Voted Against A Bill That Would Have Ended A Federal Moratorium On Most Offshore Exploration And Development Of Oil And Natural Gas. “Passage of the bill that would end a federal moratorium on most offshore exploration and development of oil and natural gas but give states more control over drilling along their coasts. The bill would require the Interior Department to offer leases for offshore ¬oil and gas drilling for 75 percent of available offshore locations on the Outer Continental Shelf. Drilling would be banned out to 50 miles off the coasts. States could repeal the ban and pursue exploration closer to the coast or extend protection to 100 miles. It would incrementally increase states’ share of revenue from offshore fuel production, bids for leases, and royalty payments from 4.6 percent in fiscal 2006 to 42.5 percent in fiscal 2022.” (H.R. 4761, CQ Vote #356: Passed 232-187: R 192-31; D 40-155; I 0-1, 6/29/06, Udall Voted Nay)

In April 2011, Udall Voted Against An Amendment That Would Have Blocked The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide And Other Greenhouse Gasses. “McConnell, R-Ky., amendment no. 183 that would block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.” (S. 493, CQ Vote #54: Rejected 50-50: R 46-1; D 4-47; I 0-2, 4/6/11, Udall Voted Nay)

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Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/02/14 at 10:31 AM
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