Will Udall See The light and Denounce Job-Killing EPA Rules?

June 02, 2014

Americans for Prosperity Calls-Out Senator’s Support for Disastrous Policies

Parker, Colo – Americans for Prosperity – Colorado (AFP-CO) is asking Senator Udall to clarify where he stands on the job killing EPA regulations being proposed today. AFP-CO is drawing attention to the Senator’s historical support for cap-and-trade and other policies that will destroy over 25,000 jobs a year in the mountain region, according to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce study. In Colorado, coal-fired power plants account for over half of the state’s electricity, according to a report by the Washington Post.

“Senator Udall needs to stand up for Coloradans against the proposed EPA rules that will destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs and harm his own state’s economy,” explained Dustin Zvonek, state director of AFP-CO. “Between his wife’s comparison of carbon emissions to terrorism and his closed-door strategy meetings with the Obama administration to plan the rollout for promoting these regulations, I think Senator Udall owes Coloradans a clear explanation of where he stands on these new rules.”

Background: Senator Udall’s Record Supporting Job-Killing EPA Regulations

Udall Part of the Obama Administration’s Inner Circle on EPA Reg Rollout: Senator Udall was part of a select group of Democrat lawmakers who met with President Obama last year in a closed door briefing to plan the roll-out of the regulations. “The briefing was also aimed at getting the administration and lawmakers on the same page in advance of expected attacks from opponents.” Zac Colman, “Senate Dems huddle with Obama adviser to discuss climate plan,” The Hill, 7/9/13).

Udall’s wife thinks carbon emissions are terrorism, ran the anti-coal Climate Reality Project: Senator Udall’s wife, Maggie Fox, was the CEO of the Climate Reality Project, which lobbies in favor of the Administration’s anti-coal policies. “Senator Mark Udall’s wife, Maggie Fox, is the CEO of the Climate Reality Project (CRP), a group founded and chaired by Al Gore…Ms. Fox and CRP are openly involved in lobbying efforts on President Obama’s anti-coal push. CRP urges Americans to support the White House “climate change” agenda on its website, and Ms. Fox herself, no stranger to blowing green lobby smoke, compared carbon emissions to terrorism in a June statement.” (Our View: Udall’s Coal Conflict, The Colorado Observer7/19/13)

Mark Udall Urged His Party Leaders To Support a Carbon Tax

Sen. Udall Co-Wrote A Letter To Harry Reid Supporting A Price On Greenhouse Gas Emissions: “We believe the scale of this challenge dictates the need for a comprehensive solution that includes making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions.” (Sen. Mark Udall & Other Senate Democrats, Letter To Harry Reid, 7/16/10)

Sen. Udall Voted Against Limiting The EPA’s Power

Sen. Udall Voted Against An Amendment Prohibiting The EPA From Regulating Green House Gasses. (S.Amdt.183, S.493, Roll Call Vote 54: Rejected 50-50-0: R 46-1-0, D 4-47-0, I 0-2-0, 4/6/11, Udall Voted Nay)

Sen. Udall Voted Against Protecting Middle Class Taxpayers From a National Energy Tax. (S.Amdt.910 to S.Con.Res.13, Roll Call Vote 135: Approved 65-33-1: R 41-0-0, D 24-31-1, I 0-2-0, 4/2/09, Udall Voted Nay)

Now Mark Udall’s Friends In Washington Are Taking His Advice, And The EPA Is Preparing To Come Into Colorado And Increase Costs

The EPA Is About To Take Its Most Aggressive Action Yet Against Carbon Producers: ““The Environmental Protection Agency will propose a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, according to individuals who have been briefed on the plan.” (Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, “EPA to propose cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030,” The Washington Post, 6/2/14)

The New Regulations Will Destroy Jobs And Make Gas, Groceries And Everyday Items More Expensive For Families In Colorado

The EPA’s New Emissions Rules Mean Less Money For The Average New Hampshire Family: “The typical household could lose a total of $3,400 in real disposable income during the modeled 2014-30 timeframe.” (The Energy Institute, “Assessing the Impact of Potential New Carbon Regulations in the United States,” 5/28/14)

FEWER JOBS

  • The      EPA’s New Regulations Will Lead To Job Loss:      “American Electric Power Co. (AEP), the top U.S. coal-burning power plant      operator, expects to be challenged and shut some of its largest units if      the Obama administration proposes a 25 percent greenhouse-emission cut.”      (Mark Chediak, “American Electric Foresees Plant Closures on Obama Plan,” Bloomberg,      5/29/14)

HIGHER PRICES

  • The      Obama Administration Knows That The New Regulations Will Make Household      Electricity Costs Rise: “We are now in an era of      rising electricity prices,” said Philip Moeller, a member of the      Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who said the steady reduction in      generating capacity across the nation means that prices are headed up.      “If you take enough supply out of the system, the price is going to      increase.” (Ralph Vartabedian, “U.S. electricity prices may be going      up for good,” The      Los Angeles Times, 4/25/14)

SEN. UDALL OPPOSES THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, WHICH WILL CREATE JOBS AND IS SUPPORTED BY TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS

Sen. Udall Opposed A Bill To Approve The Keystone Pipeline: “Sen. Udall has been eminently clear that Congress should not inject politics into the administration’s ongoing review process,” said Mike Saccone, Udall’s spokesman. “That’s why he voted against Democratic and Republican amendments that attempted to dictate a result on the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. “Any votes this week on the pipeline wouldn’t be any different.” (Eli Stokols, “Udall likely a no on Keystone if Senate votes this week,” KDVR, 5/5/14)

A Majority of Americans Support Building The Keystone Pipeline

65% of Americans Say Keystone Should Be Approved. “Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans, Washington Post, 3/7/14)

  • “The      public thinks the massive project… will produce significant economic      benefits.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll:      Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans, Washington      Post, 3/7/14)

Many Believe Keystone Will Create An “Economic Boon.” “A recent State Department assessment said the project would create 1,950 jobs for a two-year period, after which it would generate 50 permanent jobs. But most people see it as a larger economic boon, the poll shows.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans, Washington Post, 3/7/14)

UDALL IS EXPECTED TO BE A “MAIN BENEFICIARY” OF BILLIONAIRE ENVIRONMENTALIST TOM STEYER

Senator Mark Udall Attended A Fundraiser At Billionaire Environmental Activist Tom Steyer’s San Francisco Home In February. “California hedge fund billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer is planning to spend $100 million to make climate change an issue in the 2014 mid-term elections; Udall, who attended a fundraiser last month at Steyer’s San Francisco home, is sure to be a main beneficiary.”(Eli Stokols, KDVR, 3/10/14)

Tom Steyer Is A Billionaire And Major Democratic Donor. “Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is laying plans to go big in the 2014 election. The former hedge fund manager is hoping to spend $100 million — $50 million from his personal fortune and $50 million from other donors — to make climate change a top-tier issue in the election.” (Andrew Restuccia, POLITICO, 2/18/13)

Tom Steyer’s PAC Strongly Opposes Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline. “Mr. Steyer’s PAC, NextGen Climate Action, is strongly opposed to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying it would intensify global warming by increasing fossil-fuel emissions.” (Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, 3/19/14)

Sen. Udall Has Largely Stayed Silent On Keystone XL. “[Sen. Mark Udall] has largely stayed out of the Keystone fight. Udall voted against budget amendments urging both support and rejection of the pipeline, arguing that they injected politics into a process that should remain at the State Department.”  (Matthew Daly, Associated Press, 3/17/14)

The Washington Post: “The League Of Conservation Voters Likes Sen. Mark Udall (D). A Lot.”

SHOT: The Washington Post: “The League Of Conservation Voters Likes Sen. Mark Udall (D). A Lot.” “The League of Conservation Voters likes Sen. Mark Udall (D). A lot. The group plunked down $975,000 for 30-second ads that will run in the Denver market over the next three weeks.” (Reid Wilson, “Read In: Friday, April 18, 2014,” The Washington Post, 4/18/14)

League Of Conservation Voters Bundled More Than $100,000 For Udall Last Year. “In addition to Woods and Desai, the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund bundled $103,400 to Udall for Colorado last year, according to FEC records.” (Mark Stricherz, “Health, Energy Sector Bundled Cash For Udall,” The Colorado Observer, 4/18/14)

CHASER: The League Of Conservation Voters Pushing For Keystone’s Rejection: “League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski said he thinks the anti-Keystone activism is working.’We remain cautiously optimistic that the president will reject the pipeline in particular because both he and Secretary [of State John] Kerry continue to elevate the importance of the climate change challenge’ he said. ‘He’s made that the critical test of whether to approve the pipeline, and rejection would send the clear signal that he’s serious about leaving the fossil fuels in the ground.'” (Andrew Restuccia, “The Green Case Against Keystone,” POLITICO, 4/18/14)

For further information or an interview, please contact Dustin Zvonek at DZvonek@afphq.org or 720.219.1451.

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