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Cliff Smedley

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Cliff Smedley

City Council - At Large

Survey Score: 95%


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Colorado Rising
Lafayette Candidates Candidate Score Card


Q:

Will you commit to refusing campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies?

A:

Yes

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Do you agree that the continued proliferation of oil and gas extraction is a major contributor to the climate crisis?

A:

Yes

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Do you pledge to support/advance policies that protect communities from the cumulative impacts of climate change?

A:

Yes

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If you answered "Yes" to the above question, how will you protect communities?

A:

I will follow the lead of Dan Leftwich and Colorado Rising. I would challenge the state, possibly with a lawsuit, to put health and safety first as SB181 requires.

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Do you support state Senate Bill 19-181 which grants local governments authority over oil & gas operations within their jurisdiction?

A:

Yes

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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?

A:

Yes

Q:

If yes on the above, do you support a ban on fracking in your municipality?

A:

Yes

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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?

A:

Yes

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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?

A:

Yes

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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?

A:

Yes

Q:

What are your specific plans to reduce the threat of climate change once you get into office?

A:

This is a global issue while this is only a local position. Therefore I would do my best to establish Lafayette as a model for effectively fighting Fracking as well as a model in implementing renewable energies. Conservation and reducing the use of plastics will also be areas where I would want to establish Lafayette as an ideal model that other communities could replicate.

Q:

What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?

A:

Lafayette already has the ability to brag about one of Colorado’s few geothermal facilities - our Josephine Commons Senior Housing. It gets 100% of its heating and cooling from geothermal! I would brag loudly about it to any commercial facilities that will listen. For the others, incentives currently make renewables a no-brainer. Solar is best poised to take advantage of those incentives because a monthly payment on a solar loan is only slightly more than the monthly electric bill that it replaces. After approximately 12 years the panels are paid for and the electricity is almost free for another 50-60 years! This is available right now in the marketplace without doing anything. To promote this I would figure out the best way to maximize/incentivize energy audits which are a natural way of explaining how this choice is available and a no-brainer!