PeakNation™, for some reason, we just felt it necessary for us to go back through history and illustrate just how much liberal Senator Mark Udall does not like the Keystone XL Pipeline.
This not-so-love affair started back in 2012 as The Colorado Observer explains:
[T]he Obama administration might have convinced Udall on the eve of the vote to block the measure…
…Udall has an extensive voting and personal history in support of environmental causes. His rating from the League of Conservation Voters regularly is 100 percent, and his wife, Maggie L. Fox, is the President and CEO of the Climate Reality Project.
Like Udall, Colorado’s junior Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, did not go out of the way to advertise his opposition to the pipeline. His office did not issue a press statement on his vote, and he declined to discuss his vote Tuesday on two different occasions.
Then, giving him a chance to change his mind in 2013, Udall, instead, decided to double down on his anti-Keystone stance, despite his fellow Colorado Senator Michael Bennet changing his mind. As The Denver Post wrote at the time:
Sen. Michael Bennet supported the amendment and Sen. Mark Udall voted against it.
This vote came on the heels of a State Department report that came out last March saying they had no major objections to it. Yet, for Udall, this decision might have been based on whether he wanted to sleep in his bed that night or on the couch (see:
Claire Underwood Maggie Fox) as The Post goes on to explain:
Environmentalists were enraged at the vote and took to social media, Twitter and Facebook, throughout the weekend vowing to target the Democrats who supported it.
Finally, just in February, Udall was breaking bread with known Keystone sworn-enemy, billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer had a group of his closest friends over to his house in San Francisco to claim they could run on being against the Keystone XL Pipeline and the people
who don’t need jobs would back them. We guess Steyer wasn’t referring to Coloradans or this polling information.
Oh, before we forget, let’s end on this little gem buried in The Colorado Observer story:
In a race with a generic Republican candidate, however, 41 percent favored the Republican and 37 percent backed Udall.
Wethinks Udall might be having a convenient change of heart on Keystone quite shortly here.