City Council - At Large
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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 support Boulder's updated Climate Action Plan, which calls for 100% renewable energy for the generation of electricity by 2030. Boulder is in the process of revising this plan, and I will be following the proposals closely (starting this Thursday at the kickoff event). Additionally, I will lead / support a fracking ban in Boulder, based on SB-181, pushing for the City to defend it in court if necessary. I will work to ban fracking on the County level as well. With huge pads planned, but not yet permitted, for East Boulder County, this is a case where municipalities need to collaborate with the County and with each other. I will also lobby our State legislators -- with a Democratic majority -- to put health and the environment first, halting all permitting by the COGCC until the impacts of fracking along the Front Range have been independently studied and considered. Finally, climate change, like most natural disasters impacts the weakest members of society to the strongest degree. I will keep that at the forefront in policy decisions.
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:If yes on the above, do you support a ban on fracking in your municipality?
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: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:On Friday, Sept. 20th, I participated in the global climate strike march in Denver. I was surrounded by people of so many backgrounds, cultures, races, ethnicities and ages who care deeply about the climate crisis. I believe it is essential to create awareness and growing consensus about the need to take dramatic action. So I plan to speak up and bring in a variety of speakers to motivate and educate people. On a practical level, I plan to offer free bus routes to see if we can drive bus ridership up. I will also try to bring about the reduction of bus size on less-used routes (shuttles are sufficient). If RTD continues to drag its feet, the City of Boulder may have to create a parallel green transportation system. I also plan to work on improving regional public transportation to reduce the number of SOVs. Furthermore, I want to initiate a policy to discourage demolitions of good, old buildings. Destroying good structures is part of our throw-away society and continues the cycle that has brought us the climate crisis. These are some of my plans. (I discuss Boulder's Climate Action plan in the previous answer.)
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:The rental rates for commercial space in Boulder are extremely high, and therefore it is hard for any but the richest industries to open offices or other workspaces here. As a council member, I will work to create affordable commercial spaces, funded by impact fees. This is especially achievable in the Opportunity Zone. I suggest that the City give priority to environmentally friendly industries in these permanently affordable commercial spaces and reach out to them.