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2008-09-22 15:00:46

By Michael Coleman Journal Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- A massive mortgage bailout will command Congress' attention early this week, but New Mexico lawmakers said oil production and clean energy still could get boosts from Capitol Hill before lawmakers head home for November elections. The Democrat-controlled House last week approved a bill allowing oil and gas drilling off of America's Atlantic and Pacific coastlines -- but only 50 miles offshore and beyond. Most of the estimated 8...

2008-09-12 15:00:26

By STEVE TERRELL Three recent television commercials for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tom Udall stress a "do-it-all" philosophy for energy policy -- including more offshore drilling and nuclear power, in addition to developing alternative sources. The ads serve as rebuttals to attacks from his Republican opponent, Hobbs oil man Steve Pearce, who consistently has accused the Santa Fe Democrat of being in line with "extreme" and "far- left" environmentalists. Udall, for his part, has...

2008-09-11 18:00:17

By Charles Newton The sale of Roan Plateau natural gas leases on public land netted Colorado about $2,000 per acre. Nearby private land was leased for 20 times that amount. Why the difference?Public land is encumbered with almost impossible environmental red tape promoted by people like Democrats Bill Ritter and Mark Udall. Private land is not. (Note to Gov. Ritter: Don't ever complain about Colorado's state budget. Your party's policies just cost Colorado 900 million big ones.)No sane...

2008-09-01 03:00:11

By Hazlehurst, John During an interview with the Pueblo Chieftain's Charles Ashby, Sen. John McCain said that he supported the "renegotiation" of the 1922 interstate compact, which governs the distribution of the waters of the Colorado River among the seven states that border the river. McCain was clear about the reasons: population growth in the lower basin states, specifically Arizona, Nevada, and California. Colorado politicians from both parties responded with rage. Both U.S....

2008-08-29 12:01:12

By Sen Nancy Spence What started out earlier this year as one of the Democrats' leading issues - energy - may have become their Achilles' heel. Democrats were riding a wave of enthusiasm for wind and solar power as renewable-energy sources that minimized our "carbon footprint" amid concerns about global warming. Yet, this summer of soaring energy costs, especially at the gas pump, offered a reality check - and handed Republicans an opening to grab back the energy issue. "Renewable"...

2008-08-29 12:00:50

Colorado's Ken Salazar, a U.S. Senate colleague of Barack Obama, will nominate the presumptive Democratic Party nominee before the roll-call vote tonight at the Pepsi Center. Salazar, an Alamosa rancher in his first term in the Senate, gives the evening a Colorado flavor in a state where the presidential race between Obama and Republican John McCain is seen as a toss-up. On Thursday, the final night of the convention, plenty of Coloradans will take the podium before Obama gives his...

2008-08-15 09:00:57

By Jack Palmer U.S. Rep. Mark Udall's main attack on Bob Schaffer is that he is in the pocket of "Big Oil" and has received campaign donations from "Big Oil."ExxonMobil,the poster child of "Big Oil," has itself paid more than $64 billion in income taxes over the past several years. "Big Oil" employs hundreds of thousands of American workers. "Big Oil" pays millions of dollars in dividends to Americans who own "Big Oil" in their 401(k)s and IRAs. And "Big Oil" spends billions in research and...

2008-08-15 09:00:57

By Ed Sealover Colorado's U.S. Senate candidates are nothing if not flexible when it comes to energy policy. Thursday, longtime renewable- energy champion Mark Udall declared he's "always been for drilling." His Republican rival, former oil company officer Bob Schaffer, described himself as a "renewable- energy executive." The statements, made during a recorded television debate, illustrate the length to which both men are going to offer moderate positions as polls show opinion...

2008-08-15 00:00:34

By Lynn Bartels Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Udall unveiled an energy plan Wednesday that includes offshore drilling, the hot-button topic in politics in Colorado and the nation. Udall, a congressman from Eldorado Springs, stood with U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Denver, on the west steps of the Capitol to talk about their proposal to return to Washington in September and push for a comprehensive energy plan before the year is out. Republicans charged that Udall suddenly supports...

2008-08-11 15:00:46

Whoever wins in the November congressional elections -- and it's sure to be a mixed bag of Democrats and Republicans, the results owing as much to pork as to policies in most cases -- the environment could be in for better times. How much better might depend on Democrats gaining the "supermajority" they need to overcome filibusters and other procedural tactics available to the party in the minority. But there are encouraging words from Ray Ring in a recent edition of High Country News,...


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