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Martha Lugo

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Martha Lugo

City Council - At Large

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Aurora Candidates Candidate Score Card


Q:

Will you commit to refusing campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies?

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Yes

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Do you agree that the continued proliferation of oil and gas extraction is a major contributor to the climate crisis?

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Yes

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Do you pledge to support/advance policies that protect communities from the cumulative impacts of climate change?

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Yes

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If you answered "Yes" to the above question, how will you protect communities?

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Expanding conservation initiatives such as recycling, emissions reduction, pushing towards renewable energy, better initiatives for electric vehicles and solar panels on all rooftops. I will push for a just transition as we seek to expand these conservation initiatives. I will work with experts in conservation in order to find and enact the best possible methods to protect our planet. I will vehemently put our people and planet first.

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

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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

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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Yes

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What are your specific plans to reduce the threat of climate change once you get into office?

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Through a just transition alongside labor unions, ban fracking and work diligently to seek the use of renewable energy. Partner with labor unions and experts in the field of renewable energy as well as conservationists in order to follow the lead of what's already been done in other parts of the state, nation and world. As aforementioned, improve recycling initiatives, emissions reduction, pushing towards renewable energy, better initiatives for electric vehicles and solar panels on all rooftops. Push back against the federal government in their efforts to loosening EPA regulations, pledge to sign on as a city to the Paris Agreement and be assertive with all local efforts. Also, I want to see a manner in which we can conserve water as much as possible. I would also love to see an invention whereby we could heat water faster in the wintertime as it exits the faucet. We are wasting probably millions of gallons of water as we wait for cold water to heat up after turning on the hot water faucet. I save mine in a bucket and use it for flushing or handwashing, but I know it's not enough. I am planning on a co-governing model with organizations such as Colorado Rising and others to ensure that all of Aurora is onboard with conservation efforts.

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

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Create a welcoming place and embrace all they offer - push to get more environmentally conscious individuals elected to city council. Be an ambassador in my community by educating the public every opportunity possible and getting guest speakers to join me in the community throughout the city. Subsidize as responsibly as possible, apply for federal grants and other monies as they become available. Incentivize/subsidize residents more so they can afford solar panels and/or create a program in which all rooftops in Aurora can have solar panels through assistance by the city and/or grant programs. I am willing to go above and beyond to protect our people and our planet. I'm fully aware of the dangers to all living organisms when it comes to the contaminants in our air, land and water. We cannot continue to kill our people and our planet!