Udall won’t bow to pressure, will vote no on Keystone XL next week

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, talks to FOX31 Denver in April about his reelection campaign and the challenge presented by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, talks to FOX31 Denver in April about his reelection campaign and the challenge presented by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma.

DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is sticking to his script when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline, a script that gives lip service to both sides but doesn’t take a position for or against construction of the pipeline.

Udall, a Democrat facing a very difficult reelection battle this fall, is under intense pressure to take a clearer position on Keystone.

And he’s about to have a chance to do so when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee votes on legislation to approve the pipeline next week.

But Udall won’t be voting yes, or changing his previously stated position much at all.

“If the Keystone XL pipeline were being routed through our state, Coloradans would want to know the decision was being made on the merits — and not congressional meddling,” said Udall’s spokesman, Mike Saccone.

“That’s why Sen. Udall intends to again reject the notion that lawmakers know better than the engineers, scientists and experts whose responsibility it is to evaluate the pipeline application on its merits.”

It’s the same stance Udall has taken all along, leaving himself room to eventually vote yes on the pipeline but holding firm to his position that he won’t do so until after an official review process is complete, which likely won’t be until after November’s election.

“Less than a week after claiming he was ‘frustrated’ by the delay of a project that will create jobs and lower the cost of energy, Sen. Udall is again refusing to lead in the Senate,” campaign spokesman Alex Siciliano said. “Coloradans will watch with disappointment as Sen. Udall casts his fourth vote against the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the jobs and economic growth it would create.

“Sen. Udall should follow the lead of others in his party and insist that both leaders, Republican and Democrat, bring this measure to the floor.”

Udall, who is getting financial help from California billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer, is considered a strong conservationist but has also looked for ways to demonstrate his commitment to natural gas.

While Republicans continue to hammer Udall over what they’re terming his “Keystone headache”, Udall seems to believe that approving the pipeline is not the political winner in Colorado that it is in deeply Republican Louisiana, home to Sen. Mary Landrieu, the committee chairwoman who’s called the vote, in part, to demonstrate her commitment to the industry and the power she holds in her position.

That said, recent polls have shown 66 percent of Coloradans support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

13 comments

    • The Border is more secure than ever

      Which cousin? His forebearers were mormon polygamists. The Mo___f–ker couldn`t possibly know how many cousins he has. or who they are. Just as Obama doesn`t know who he daddy!

  • Dan Johnson

    recent polls have shown 66 percent of Coloradans support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and yet this idiot is going to vote NO. So much for representing the people. Pack your bags udall. Come voting day you are out of a job. Demo-Rat.

  • Bob Simons

    Hey Udall, how much money is Seyer giving you to kill the Keystone? You know the Keystone, the pipeline that will produce 10’s of thousands of jobs!

  • Bob Simons

    COPOLITICS apparently doesn’t like me posting negative posts about Udall, so I’ll do it elsewhere and identify COPolitics as the liberal/hostile site that they are!

  • Bob Simons

    It is time to purge politicians, by that I mean “FIRE THE LIARS IN 2014″, and that definitely includes Udall!

  • Rob Dekker

    Thank you senator Udall.
    Finally a senator that stands up for the TRUTH.

    The Keystone XL is a boondoggle, pushed by Republicans to fancy their Big Oil sponsors.

    The Keystone XL, which was pushed through the US media with lies and industry propaganda about jobs and energy independence, while in FACT this project creates fewer construction jobs than ONE large solar power plant.

    The Keystone XL, which was supposed to give us “energy independence” from OPEC while in FACT we already export more oil products than we import oil from ALL OPEC countries combined.

    And this pipeline project will create only a few thousand temporary construction jobs in temporary labor camps in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, and most definitely not the tens of thousands of jobs TransCanada promised, nor the hundreds of thousands of jobs the Republican party asserted, let alone the million jobs that Rick Perry was hand waving about.

    That Keystone XL which is running through our Ogallala Aquifer, with less than 0.5 inch of steel separating 1,400 psi of toxic sludge (stressing the steel to 80 % of permanent deformation) from our critical water supplies,

    and that Keystone XL, which is used to violate US landowners rights with eminent domain imposed by a foreign corporation.

    Not to mention that this pipeline will cause an increase in the price of WCS of some $8/barrel according to TransCanada, which will cause and increase in the price of fuel in the Mid West of some 10-20 cts/gallon according to three independent studies.

    Exactly WHAT about this Keystone XL is in the “national interest” of our nation ?

  • jakebrake77

    Regardless of his position on Keystone XL, this obama sycophant and lackey needs to go. He along with Barry have been steadily destroying the very fabric of our Constitution and Country. Please clear thinking educated voters, remove this nescient clown from the Senate in November!
    DR, BEN CARSON IN 2016!

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