Senate candidate admits error in blasting congressman’s vote

Schaffer had facts wrong on Udall’s vote on energy bill

Dick Wadhams, Colorado Republican Party chairman 2008

A Republican attack on what was termed a “sham energy bill” turned out to be wrong.

Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer’s campaign released an attack Wednesday on his Democratic opponent, Mark Udall of Eldorado Springs, saying Udall had voted for a “sham energy bill” in the form of H.R. 6899, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act.

The act passed the House on Tuesday.

The measure, according to the Schaffer campaign’s news release, not only wouldn’t produce more energy, but also would send “100 percent of potential oil shale lease revenue to the federal government, leaving nothing for Colorado.”

On Thursday, Wadhams backtracked.

“That’s not the case,” he said of the oil shale-lease revenue issue.

Schaffer’s campaign took the word of the American Petroleum Institute, Wadhams said, adding, “I guess we shouldn’t have taken it from one source.”

“You gotta watch that API,” said Udall spokeswoman Tara Trujillo, who called the erroneous comment “another example of who Bob Schaffer is looking out for: the oil and gas industry. He’s not worried about the Coloradans who are paying higher energy costs. This is the same guy who said the federal government has been profiting off the back of the oil and gas industry.”

The measure does address oil shale by offering states the option to allow oil shale production within their borders.

Only three states are affected: Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

There is no royalty on oil shale, however.

The federal government has a moratorium on completing rules, which would contain the royalty rate, through at least the end of this month.

A section of the act does prevent the sharing of the federal royalty on offshore drilling with the affected states.


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