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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:There are many things Broomfield can do to protect communities from cumulative impacts of climate change. First, I would leverage Broomfield's Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. I helped form this committee over my last four years on council. I would like them to produce a roadmap to get Broomfield to net carbon neutral. I would like the roadmap to include actions and timeframes for each action. That way we will know when Broomfield can actually achieve this, based on measurable steps. An obvious way to reduce climate change, is to reduce emissions that lead to it. Eliminating residential fracking would move us in that direction. Senate Bill 181 (SB181) allows cities and counties to deny drilling if it negatively impacts the health and safety or people, or the environment. I would take advantage of the local control in that bill to the maximum extent possible. Another way to reduce climate change, is to take cars off the roads. We must maximize non motorized travel and public transit. Non motorized travel must be fast, safe, and easy to navigate to attract and move the greatest number of people possible. Public transit must be readily available, comfortable and frequent. This means moving away from the 1950's style of public transit we so often fight to get money for, and moving towards future looking tools. Shuttles with "pop up stops" instead of fixed route busses, as one example. And Broomfield can contribute to the reduction of the climate crisis, by choosing businesses that fit our healthy, safe lifestyle. Not businesses that emit airborne toxicity or greenhouse gasses.
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:Broomfield is currently changing our oil and gas regulations and will be changing setbacks as part of that process. The science and data clearly shows that fracking should be no where near homes, schools, parks, playgrounds or drinking water reservoirs. I wan to base Broomfield's setbacks on peer reviewed dataWe must include setbacks to protect from explosions, as well as airborne toxicity. If our council uses data to create setbacks, it could have the same resulting impact as a ban.
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:I would reduce water use by eliminating barriers to native vegetation and via building codes, among other things. I would move Broomfield towards being 100% carbon neutral and use our newly created Environmental Sustainability Task Force to map the path there. I would reduce cars on the road by making non motorized travel more enticing and improving public transit with forward looking ideas.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:I am thrilled that Broomfield just became the home to a major hemp product manufacturer: Mile High Labs. Broomfield should attract hemp, and other environmentally friendly businesses, the same way we incentivize businesses that we want in Broomfield now. We can offer tax incentives, infrastructure improvements and other items that make Broomfield an attractive home to these businesses.