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Paul Solano

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Paul Solano

Mayor

Survey Score: 90%


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Commerce City Candidates Candidate Score Card


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

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:

Commerce City council on September 18, 2019 approved a Regional Operators Agreement with Extraction Oil & Gas . As Mayor I will make certain construction is run within strict enforcement. Seek an independent air monitoring contractor for unbiased testing. I will work to have an inspector that is throughly vetted to assure quality testing. I will propose setback rules that are in excess of what is required by Adams County, and make violation fines steep and force operators to understand the implications for not meeting Commerce City compliance rules.

Q:

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

A:

Yes

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:

Yes

Q:

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

A:

Yes

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?

A:

Yes

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?

A:

Yes

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?

A:

Yes

Q:

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

A:

I will work with Congresswoman Diana Degette's office in an attempt to force the EPA to, " close a loophole that allows Suncor to release toxic chemicals into the air unchecked." I would look to the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division to determine if the hydrogen cyanide is being released at safe levels. There should be an independent monitor that would lessen any conflict of interest that might occur during air quality testing. I will also work with the Colorado Motor Carriers Association in an attempt to mitigate large freight traffic that travels through Commerce City.

Q:

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

A:

I will welcome all clean energy providers to present to the City Council their products that will lessen the carbon foot print left by oil & gas. Advocate for a procurement process that includes re-newable energy.