City Council - Ward 3
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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:Given the fact that extreme weather events are increasing due to climate change, every community has to be prepared for the impacts of climate change. Broomfield must be proactive in examining its storm drainage systems and floodplain controls so that nothing like the 2013 Colorado floods are repeated in Broomfield. On the other end of the spectrum, Broomfield must have a plan in place in case of drought and must generally provide an adequate water supply for its growing population in line with sustainable principles. In cases of fire or flooding, emergency providers like North Metro Fire must have systems in place to protect the health and safety of all residents, especially vulnerable populations. Since average temperatures are rising in the summer, Broomfield should provide cooling centers to mitigate the impacts of the heat on those whose homes do not have air conditioning.
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?
A:In November 2017, Broomfield voters passed Charter Amendment 301 which ensures that oil and gas development does not adversely impact the health, safety and welfare of Broomfield’s residents. This should be fully implemented under the local control provided by SB19-181. Broomfield has enacted a six-month moratorium on new oil and gas permitting to allow time to update its oil and gas regulations in light of SB19-181. I am currently participating as a resident in the efforts to revise these regulations in light of Charter Amendment 301 and SB19-181 and will continue to do so as a Council Member. It is possible that the revised regulations may not allow for further oil and gas development in Broomfield based on Broomfield’s high density.
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:According to HB19-1261 Climate Action Plan To Reduce Pollution that was signed into law by Governor Polis on May 30, 2019, Colorado now has “statewide goals to reduce 2025 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26%, 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% of the levels of statewide greenhouse gas emissions that existed in 2005.” In order to enable Colorado as a whole to reach this goal, every municipality must set carbon reduction targets and take specific actions and I will engage in these efforts as a Broomfield Council Member. On September 4, I attended the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) Public Workshop held in Broomfield for the region. SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations requires that the AQCC revise Regulation Number 7 Control of Ozone via Ozone Precursors and Control of Hydrocarbons via Oil and Gas Emissions. When proposing new regulations, the AQCC is also required to do an initial economic impact analysis. This economic analysis needs to quantify associated health costs for short-term and long-term health impacts supported by peer-reviewed scientific studies. As a Broomfield Council Member, I intend to push for these full health costs to be included in the regulations since the City and County of Broomfield is a stakeholder in this process. Since it is important that all municipalities conserve water, Broomfield’s review of a proposed Water Efficiency Plan in early fall 2019 is essential. After this overall plan review, Broomfield plans to review municipal codes to simplify use of greywater and I intend to support these efforts as a Council Member.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:Broomfield created its Environmental Stewardship Advisory Task Force (ESATF) in July 2018 and I hope to be a Council Member assigned to ESATF. As a first step recommended by ESATF, Broomfield is updating its Sustainable Energy Benchmarking and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study “to categorize sources and volumes of emissions and identify data for energy savings policies.” With the costs of renewable energy continuing to decline, I will bring to Council a full understanding of both the pressing need for action on renewable energy and the arguments for its economic feasibility. I will support tentative ESATF proposals to incentivize Broomfield homeowners to install and operate solar energy. The expansion of the electric car industry is essential. At the local level as a Broomfield City Council member, I will make sure that any new development that comes before Council includes an electric charging station. Broomfield belongs to the Colorado Municipal League (CML) and should encourage this body to support statewide legislation and initiatives related to electric vehicle infrastructure and incentives. When elected, I hope to attend CML meetings with the support of Broomfield as a representative who advocates for statewide action on these issues.