Mark Udall on Environment

Democratic Representative (CO-2)

Helped create National Integrated Drought Information System

Q: 39 states expect some level of water shortage over the next decade. What policies would you support to meet demand for water resources?

A: Water is a vital resource in Colorado and I continue to work to address issues of drought, water use, and water conservation. In 2006, I helped create the National Integrated Drought Information System to coordinate federal research efforts on drought. Recently, I have worked to see that water used in energy production can be reclaimed.

Source: 2008 Senate questionnaire by SEA & 18 science organizations Sep 9, 2008

Expand funding for work towards mitigating climate change

I have long been for reducing our energy emissions dating back to my early efforts at the state legislature to pass Colorado’s first renewable energy efficiency standard. In 2004, I was in favor of the state-based constitutional amendment that required energy producers to meet a 10% mandate for renewable energy, one of the first renewable energy portfolio standards in the country. Colorado’s world class research institutions have the capacity to make major advancements in our response to climate change In fact, the Center for Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado contributed to the IPCC research on this subject. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden is also in constant pursuit of the development and deployment of new energy sources like solar, wind, and biomass. I have been a consistent supporter of expanded funding for both institutions and their essential work towards mitigating global climate change.
Source: Campaign website, www.markudall.com Aug 16, 2008

Moral obligation to be good stewards of natural environment

I believe Coloradans have a special bond with the land. Most would also agree that we have a moral obligation to be good stewards of our natural environment and conserve it for future generations. As the Executive Director of the Colorado Outward Bound School, I had the opportunity to teach (and learn from) many young people in challenging landscapes throughout the West. It was always inspiring to see their enthusiasm for the natural environment.
Source: Campaign website, www.markudall.com, “Issues” Mar 2, 2008

Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences.

Congressional Summary:

Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. JOHN SARBANES (D, MD-3): This bill creates a new National Capacity Environmental Education grant program for which education associations apply competitively for grants that would fund model programs that get children into nature and really have them experiencing the environment.

Rep. BUCK McKEON (R, CA-25): This bill incorporates scientifically-based and technology-driven teaching methods into environmental education. Unfortunately, the new National Capacity Environmental Education Program is duplicative of the existing environmental education program already being run by the EPA. Still, I do not intend to oppose its passage.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. MICHELE BACHMANN (R, MN-6): H.R. 3036 continues our Nation down the ill-fated road of shifting control of school curricula away from the parents and teachers and local school boards who best know what their children need into the hands of Federal Government and its one-size-fits-all approach. To best serve our children's educational needs, local school boards need flexibility to target resources where they are needed most. The needs of individual school districts are not homogenous and are most certainly not best understood by bureaucrats in Washington. This bill represents a step in the wrong direction. Forcing local school districts to direct scarce resources away from core curricula to serve a political agenda will only further suppress the academic performance of America's next generation.

Reference: No Child Left Inside Act; Bill H.R.3036 ; vote number 2008-H614 on Sep 18, 2008

Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013.

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