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Will you commit to refusing campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies?
Q:Do you agree that the continued proliferation of oil and gas extraction is a major contributor to the climate crisis?
Q:Do you pledge to support/advance policies that protect communities from the cumulative impacts of climate change?
Q:If you answered "Yes" to the above question, how will you protect communities?
A:I will build upon what Longmont has already accomplished. We have been able to 1) to push all oil and gas surface extraction outside of Longmont and 2) establish a carbon-free target of 2030 for Longmont and its partners in the Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) (i.e., Loveland, Estes Park, and Fort Collins). Unfortunately, these two accomplishment remain tenuous. In order to accomplish our 2030 goal, leadership and tenacity is required. We need to focus on demand-side management, for example, and we need to assure that the staff of PRPA heeds the policy direction set by the board. The key obstacle in achieving the 2030 goal – or an earlier date – is that PRPA is not party to a regional transmission network that would allow us to buy and sell energy sufficient for our needs. For example, if the wind is not blowing or the sun is not shining, we need to be able to draw power from elsewhere where it is blowing and shining. On the other hand, if we generate too much power, we need to be able to send it somewhere else. Currently, this is my number one priority; PRPA is working diligently to establish such a network and it is looking likely that it will occur. The dismantling of the Southwest Power Pool partnership was a tragedy, but it should not keep us from 2030 – or earlier! And, of course, we must remain vigilant against effort by the oil and gas industry to undo what we have done with our defacto fracking ban.
Q:Do you support state Senate Bill 19-181 which grants local governments authority over oil & gas operations within their jurisdiction?
Q:Do you believe that local governments should have the right to enact bans or moratoria on fracking to safeguard residents from the inherent dangers associated with oil & gas development?
Q:Did you support Proposition 112, which aimed to create 2500 foot setbacks for homes, schools, hospitals, parks, playgrounds and water sources from all new oil & gas operations?
Q:If you answered "no" to the above, why not?
A:2500 feet would have been essentially a state-wide ban on fracking. If we simply stop all oil and gas extraction worldwide, for example, it would be a disaster; the poorest and most vulnerable (e.g., children and elderly) among us would be hurt too badly if we just stopped it all instantly. However, what we must do, is move as fast as possible to reach 100% non-carbon energy in order to stop our reliance and addiction to fossil fuels. In the meantime, heavy industry such as fracking has no place near homes or schools. If it must persist, it still must be done as far away as possible from people, but without eliminating all sources of energy before we have renewable sources in place and ready to go.
Q:Do you agree that the COGCC should pause all new permits for oil & gas development until the new rule-making process is complete and an independent cumulative impact study has been done?
Q:Will you advocate for state agencies and the oil and gas industry to abide by the precautionary principle in order to protect Colorado’s air, water, and public health?
Q:What are your specific plans to reduce the threat of climate change once you get into office?
A:Support and fight for 100% carbon-free energy sources as soon possible.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:As a board of director for our local power utility, Platte River Power Authority, I convinced our partner-communities of Fort Collins, Estes Park, and Loveland to adopt Longmont's goal of 100% carbon-free energy by 2030. This has resulted in large purchases of wind and solar. I plan on staying the course until our goal has been met.