Coloradans may have just received the disturbing truth as to why their two U.S. senators were missing in action when Congress was ready to vote to put thousands of Americans to work on the Keystone XL pipeline. Sadly, the reason is partisan politics – or rather, millions of dollars in campaign contributions from a California billionaire.
The good news is that there is still time for both senators to do the right thing for their constituents. In fact, their two votes would almost certainly put a Keystone XL bill on the president’s desk, finally putting an end to the politics of delay.
In Colorado, both Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have consistently denounced the Washington politics miring President Obama’s Keystone XL decision. Bennet told The Wall Street Journal, “I do support [Keystone XL]. I think it’s become ridiculously political. It just has become another one of those idiotic Washington political games that bounces back and forth and doesn’t actually accomplish anything.” Read more »
Vail after an April snow. However, some Democrats say climate change is causing reduced snowpack and shorter winters.
WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers supporting the Obama administration’s plan to cut carbon emissions at coal-fired electricity generating plants are banking on the new rules to change destructive weather patterns across Colorado.
Colorado Rep. Jared Polis criticized power station emissions for causing global warming and creating “historic flooding,” while Sen. Mark Udall blamed it for “severe drought and reduced snowpack.” Both lawmakers blamed destructive wildfires on climate change.
“The dangerous and costly effects of climate change are already upon us,” Polis said.
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet also held emissions responsible for drought and wildfires, but also blamed it for shortening winters and ski seasons, and creating longer summers. Read more »
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Sen. Mark Udall at a Colorado School of Mines event Friday.
GOLDEN — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s juggling act on hydraulic fracturing and climate change was on full display during Friday’s energy forum at the Colorado School of Mines.
On the one hand, Udall had high praise for oil-and-gas development and even agreed that fracking “can be done safely.” On the other hand, he avoided taking a position on Rep. Jared Polis’s proposed anti-fracking initiatives and suggested that the industry doesn’t have much of a future in Colorado.
“Natural gas, oil and coal make up a huge percentage of our energy portfolio in Colorado and across the nation,” said Udall. “No matter how aggressively we pursue renewables and energy efficiency, that’s not going to change in the near term.” Read more »
WASHINGTON — One federal-loan program for green energy asks applicants to wade through so much paperwork the Energy Department has not made a loan in more than three years. A second program does not evaluate if its loans for renewable or innovative energy technologies are effective.
The conclusions were drawn from a new report by an independent federal agency, which suggested that Congress save $4.2 billion by halting future payments to the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program.
Frank Rusco, director of natural resources and environment for the Government Accountability Office, appeared on Capitol Hill Friday to take questions from lawmakers about the findings of the 11-page report. “The requirements and the length of the time to get through the process is just not worth it,” Rusco told members of an investigations and oversight subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Read more »
Colorado’s two left-footed senators are tripping merrily even further left, if that’s possible.
Not that you’ll read it anywhere but here, but Mark Udall and Michael Bennet went strangely silent when 45 of their colleagues, including several vulnerable Democrats wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency asking the bureaucratic Defenders of the Faith to abandon new rules for electricity-generating stations that will kill jobs and raise consumer prices.
The EPA wants coal-fired plants like the ones in Hayden and Pueblo shut off because of “carbon pollution” — the load of bull that has made Mark Udall a certified one-percenter, almost as well-off as his Colorado co-conspirator, Bennet.
It’s a sweet gig. The Udalls and Bennets fancy themselves masters of the universe, immune to the rules that bind the rest of us. So they figure that Udall can run hard without consequences in the race against Cory Gardner.
Make no mistake, this not just an election for Udall. Bennet has a lot riding on it as well. He’s Udall’s de-facto campaign manager, after all. They have way too much money and power at stake and it’s not as though the lives of Coloradans who actually work for their livings matter in this. Read more »