Colorado’s senators are probably going to be clutch in this Keystone XL vote

posted at 2:31 pm on May 3, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Whether Harry Reid will actually put their legislation to a vote or not is still up in the air, but Republican John Hoeven and hyper-vulnerable red-state Democrat Mary Landrieu made a hard push this week to rally support for their jointly proposed measure to immediately greenlight the Keystone XL pipeline. All of the Senate’s Republicans as well as eleven Democrats are already officially on board, which means they’re only a handful of “yeas” away from the 60 votes they would need to clear any procedural hurdles (although getting the 66 votes they would need to overcome the presidential veto threat the White House will likely issue is probably another matter entirely).

Conspicuously absent from that list of at least eleven Democrats so far, however, are the two senators from Colorado, via the WSJ:

Senators from both parties who are pushing the bill are eyeing the Democrats from Colorado as potential yes votes on the bill.

Mr. Bennet voted yes on a nonbinding measure last year supporting the project, and Mr. Udall has voted against it in the past.

Mr. Udall, first elected to the Senate in 2008, is running for re-election against GOP Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado. Representing a major oil-and-gas producing state, Mr. Udall has faced increasing pressure to take clearer positions on energy issues like Keystone ever since Mr. Gardner entered the race a couple of months ago.

“I think there is a reasonable argument that the pipeline is in the national interest. I also think there are serious questions about air quality, water quality and land-use effects on the pipeline,” Mr. Udall said in an interview in Denver on Saturday. “Am I frustrated it’s taken this long? Yes, but the important goal is to get it right.”

Sen. Bennet has reaffirmed his general support for the pipeline pretty recently, although he has yet to add his name to Landrieu’s coveted legislation — but he’s not the one up for imminent reelection here. Colorado is the country’s fourth-largest natural gas producer and sits atop some major oil fields, and relatively speaking, energy issues are enormously important; since Sen. Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner are birds of a feather when it comes to certain other aspects of the energy debate…

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said late Thursday that he is replacing his proposal to expedite liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports with a bill sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is challenging Udall for his seat.

“Colorado’s natural gas resources have a central role to play in creating jobs and promoting global stability,” Udall said in a statement. “This effort to expedite natural gas exports to our allies and trading partners abroad is far too important to get bogged down over technical differences between the two chambers.”

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed Gardner’s bill Wednesday. When he first proposed the measure, it sought to force the Department of Energy (DOE) to quickly approve all LNG export applications for countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO). But the bill that passed the committee was watered down and instead set a timeline for DOE to consider applications.

Udall’s bill similarly would have opened LNG exports to WTO countries.

…and seeing as how their race is locked in a dead heat, I doubt Gardner is going to allow Udall to get away with anything less than a hard stance on the pipeline for long without making it a huge headache for him. Outside groups certainly aren’t — especially since Udall, for his part, has recently been spotted mingling with avidly anti-Keystone eco-radical progressive billionaire Tom Steyer at one of his mega-money San Francisco fundraisers. Awkward.


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At least one Udall must go.

May they both go to Hades, though.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

obama hates the USA and the rest of the world.

Steyer made his dough in coal hedgefunds, manipulated by obama and his thugs, and now supports the greenie-weenies. I hope that hypocrisy gets him and obama, the .01 percenters of the world, who keep the rest fooled.

Media, die in their azzes, almost all of you. It’s not Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The azz who’s chief is AWOL on Keystone too.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Whether Harry Reid will actually put their legislation to a vote or not is still up in the air

…and that air…will smell like one big stench old fart!

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The azz who’s chief is AWOL on Keystone too.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM

…I knew I shouldn’t have read that!…it just pissed me off…more than I’m already pissed off!………..how is that possible?

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Colorado. Isn’t that the stoned state? Will they remember to vote?

TfromV on May 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Keystoned

bazil9 on May 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Keystoned

bazil9 on May 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Pipeline
lol

Just being silly.

bazil9 on May 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Logic and common sense are gone.

We’re shutting down coal-fired power plants to the point that we’ll be lucky to avoid rolling black-outs or worse, and electricity prices are soon to be going through the roof.

We’re sitting on our economic salvation in energy reserves while our economy gets worse and worse, despite the BS recovery lies.

We’re delaying and obfuscating on the Keystone issue to the point that Canada would be foolish not to consider alternative plans that do not include us.

Effing libs and environmental extremists will be the undoing of the world that we know.

hillbillyjim on May 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Funny, they were able to take over the entire health insurance industry, 18% of the economy, with a single bill in about 8 whole months.

They can’t approve a friggin pipeline in 6 yrs. Sure.

Libs are ash-holes.

elowe on May 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

the scary part is that the left/obama are bridge burners. Burn down the bridges to for people to move Forward to the Future.

What Future? Well great pain. The coal thing is going to really impact many states…my state uses coal for about 80+ percent of its energy. So obviously we will live poorer lives, qualitatively…and be spending large portions of our disposable income on energy…for both ourselves…and those who can’t afford it.

this is the Future. I gather the RINO party is perfectly happy with this…just like they are pretty happy with the light bulb ban

the light bulb ban is how you know that the RINOs are happy to go along with the oligarchy..both the left and the corporatist.

r keller on May 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Cory Gardner will win the Senate and Ken Buck will win the House.

lea on May 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM

The malevolent influence of the “green” left and their nefarious manipulation of the EPA (often with EPA collusion) to subvert the legislative and regulatory process through bogus lawsuits resulting in “consent decrees” which evade public and congressional scrutiny has been ongoing for more than two decades. It needs to be killed and its results reversed and erased.

The clearest and most indisputable path to a cleaner environment is: robust wealth creation and economic growth. With greater wealth comes a cleaner environment, and statistically throughout the world it is almost directly proportionate.

Fossil fuels still offer the best and cheapest energy for economic growth. They won’t be replaced anytime soon, not in the lifetime of anyone who can read these words even in archives.

Adjoran on May 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Gardner is also a proponent of and cheerleader for the explosive production growth of the Niobrara Shale. Mark Udall is hiding from taking a position on a ballot initiative that would allow local communities to create their own fracking regulations in place of the state. The result would be fracking bans all over the state and put an end to the emerging energy boom in CO. Cory Gardner should be relentless and point out Udall’s silence and disappearing act on these issues every time he is in front of a microphone. That and Obamacare and CO is in play.

Franklin100 on May 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I almost want the D’s to win in 2016, just to watch them try and dig out from the energy collapse of their own making. Not as much as I’d like to force them onto a ‘Democrat Reservation’ where the only electricity they get is the SURPLUS after real Americans are supplied. Might get a bit chilly.

Tard on May 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM