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Patricia Townsend

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Patricia Townsend

City Council - At Large

Survey Score: 95%


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Lafayette Candidates Candidate Score Card


Q:

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

A:

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?

A:

Yes

Q:

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:

I support a full ban on oil and gas extraction, on the basis that we have a fundamental right to a clean environment.

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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

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

A:

In contrast to the current council, I align and act with Lafayette’s grassroots movement to elevate community and climate rights over corporate profits; and I reject any negotiated surrender to the oil and gas industry. I organized with four other candidates to offer a climate rights majority on council that will: rigorously challenge any law that blocks us from banning fracking in order to protect the climate and our residents; introduce a ballot initiative to make Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights a permanent part of our charter; deny all oil and gas permitting; join regional efforts to ban oil and gas permitting in Boulder County and statewide on the basis that it violates our fundamental right to a clean environment.

Q:

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

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I would support Lafayette's sustainability planning process this year and follow recommendations gathered there. I would support continued partnership in the Boulder County Consortium of Cities Energy Task force to explore and implement these industries. We already have so many great uses of geothermal and solar heating at Josephine Commons, plans for similar use at Willoughby Corners, our solar garden projects, among others. I would support continued implementation of these industries in all new development, requiring compatibility for them in building plans, and offering incentives for their usage.