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Mark Wallach

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Mark Wallach

City Council - At Large

Survey Score: 90%


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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:

See my answers below

Q:

Do you support state Senate Bill 19-181 which grants local governments authority over oil & gas operations within their jurisdiction?

A:

Yes

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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

Q:

If yes on the above, do you support a ban on fracking in your municipality?

A:

Yes

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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

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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?

A:

FIrst, I support the muni, as the most consequential step we can take to reduce our carbon footprint in Boulder. Xcel has promised to move to renewables by 2050, which to me is too little, too late. And that commitment is a mere statement of intention; if, in 2045, they think it is too difficult or expensive they can simply abandon that commitment. I want to change our building codes to move towards the point where all new construction is net zero. And I want to encourage the use of passive solar design, a construction philosophy that has become so economically viable that, in other cities, it is being used in the construction of large-scale affordable housing projects. It should be applied more frequently here. And we need improvements to our transportation system to make it more attractive for people to leave their cars and use mass transit. We cannot expect that to happen when there is a 45 minute -one hour wait between buses. And we must work on a regional basis to enhance mass transit between cities, such as the Boulder/Longmont route.

Q:

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

A:

The key to that is to create more affordable commercial space to make it feasible for start-ups in those industries to locate here. If we can do that the natural attractiveness of the Boulder community - particularly for environmentally friendly businesses - will do the rest.