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August 14, 2008

Mark Udall reverses opposition to drilling

Here’s a sign that the debate over energy policy has been trending distinctly in the Republicans’ favor.

Colorado Senate candidate Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), one of the leading environmentalists in Congress, has now come out in support of more domestic and offshore oil drilling -- a clear shift from his previous opposition to such measures.

Per the Denver Post:

Battered on the energy issue for weeks, Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Mark Udall moved Wednesday to close the distance with his Republican opponent on the issue, calling for more domestic drilling and reversing his long-standing opposition to drilling off America's shores.

Both were sharp turnarounds for a man who has made the expansion of renewable energy a cornerstone of his career and who has consistently dinged the aggressive drilling policies of the Bush administration during this campaign.

But both Udall and his staff emphasized that the nation's energy crisis called for a sweeping rethinking of possible solutions — and that the country could no longer afford to keep much of anything off the table.

At a news conference Wednesday with Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., Udall announced that he was embracing — with a few additions — a bipartisan proposal hatched recently in the Senate, one that he said would break the country's current energy policy "logjam."