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 brought Dr. Detlev Helmig, Scientist and C.U. Professor to Longmont for a community forum on air quality. Because of his compelling presentation, the city of Longmont is setting up air quality monitoring stations around our reservoir and at the airport. Dr. Detlev will be monitoring the air for VOCs, ethane, C02, methane and other pollutants from the O&G wells in Weld County. The data from the measurements will be taken to our legislature and COGCC to fine heavily all wells that are above EPA standards. I’m working to bring rail to Longmont to get cars off the roads during peak commuter hours. We are installing EV charging stations. I am pushing PRPA to move faster on converting to 100% energy. Our target date is 2030, we can do better, faster.
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?
A:I led the petition drive to amend our charter to ban fracking in Longmont. It passed by 60% of the vote. It is still in our charter even though the Supreme Court overturned our vote.
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:Per the answer above, I brought air quality monitoring to Longmont. The stations should be up and running by the end of the year. That data will be taken to the state to fine heavily for not meeting EPA standards.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:I have been advocating through our Economic Development Partnership to court these businesses to Boulder County. I will work with the new County Commissioners to encourage using open space agricultural land for hemp and seeking out manufacturing plants for solar panels and wind turbines.