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Curtis Kowalski

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Curtis Kowalski

City Council - Ward 4

Survey Score: 85%


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Q:

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

A:

Yes

Q:

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

Q:

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

A:

From a city council standpoint, I think we can push for developers to build energy efficient homes, and for the utilities to continue the development of smart grid technology that improves energy efficiency. I would push for policies that reward households, economically, for being energy efficient. I would sponsor initiatives that encourage energy companies to invest in renewable energy technology.

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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

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?

A:

Yes

A:

I prefer to speak in terms of zoning vs. banning; we need to speak positively about the steps we are taking, like investing in renewable energy, or making the industry do a better job. Banning something just causes fear and backlash, and in the end, it gets reversed.

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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

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?

A:

Yes

Q:

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

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Some of my ideas include: Incentives for building and owning energy efficient homes; support for vehicles that are energy efficient, including plug-in stations for electric and hybrid vehicles. Smart grid technology, and alongside it, air quality monitoring throughout the city. Greater transparency for oil and gas operations, and to the degree possible, requirements for investing the profits from oil and gas in technology that is climate friendly, as well as greater profit-sharing with the community. Big support for policies that encourage the use of public transit; I believe that driving a car is the main contributor to climate change, and that we need to take bolder steps to make it easier for people to choose other means of transportation, that are more environmentally friendly. In the end, I think we need to do more to get people to understand the threat, and we need to understand that people ultimately vote with their wallets and how they spend their money. We need a clean energy source that is cheaper to produce than fossil fuels, and I believe that there would be support for investment in that area.

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

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I would introduce and/or increase tax incentives for solar/wind/geothermal, and any energy consumption that came from those sources. With regards to hemp, I don't think there is much agriculturally zoned land in Thornton, so it's likely not a city council issue -- but I think there'd likely need to be more public education on that topic, before proposing tax incentives for that industry, just because of association people make with hemp and marijuana. I would very much like to see Thornton become a jobs center for high tech jobs centered around climate change, and would champion efforts to get more jobs in Thornton that are centered around R&D associated with climate change and clean energy.