City Council - Ward 2
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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:It's important that we acknowledge that a lot of times the impacts of climate change fall disproportionately. There are many things we can do to make sure that we are building a sustainable future for all of our citizens, especially those that are most vulnerable. First, we need to make clean energy and energy efficiency services more accessible to low and moderate income families, including having scaled incentive programs. With more extreme weather happening thanks to climate change, we should take a look at our disaster preparedness and proactively plan for possible extreme weather situations. This includes identifying vulnerable areas, having alert systems in place and increasing resident's access to insurance in case something does happen. Finally, we should be working to build up the economy through sustainable and green industries and train local residents to do jobs in those industries to help people get ahead and have the opportunity to earn a good living.
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:There's some very specific things that we start with-- replace city vehicles with electric or hybrid fleets, install solar panels on rooftops, replace streetlights with LED bulbs, etc. There are also steps we can take to incentivize new buildings to be green and work towards conserving energy and LEED certifications. In addition, we should be looking at how we get citizens to use public transportation more and how we utilize our open space. Most importantly, we should be setting goals and tracking our progress towards sustainability so we can see what's working, what isn't and have a clear vision of what we want to accomplish.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:We can start by offering incentives to environmentally friendly industries to come here. I'd also love to see the city do more to recruit and train people for jobs in those industries so that there is a strong, local workforce available to fill positions. As a city, we can make a public commitment to the environment and work to build a narrative that we're the place for green businesses to build and expand.