City Council - Ward 3
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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:It is necessary when considering different projects in the city that we consider the potential impact on our environment. It is important to pursue plans that reduce our community impact on climate change and our environment, while keeping all of our residents in mind.
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?
Q:If yes on the above, do you support a ban on fracking in your municipality?
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:If you answered "no" to the above, why not?
A:While I do not want any heavy industry right next to my home, or playgrounds, etc. I think that distance is excessive.
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 push or more Electric Vehicle charging stations. The city does not currently have a level 3 super charger and I would push for that. There are many processes in the city itself that could be changed to be more efficient and reduce emissions from operations. There have been changes to the process of approving new development and it is important to evaluate that new process to be able to determine its effectiveness and if that can be further improved. I would support the efforts LPC to work on demand side management. Additionally, food waste is shown to contribute 24% greenhouse gasses contributing to climate change; and because lunch is not considered instruction hours, as it relates to school funding, the students are given very little time to eat. There is a large amounts of food waste in our schools. Not only is contributing significant amounts to greenhouse gases, but many of our students are on free and reduced lunch and they having to throw food away. Statistics show that student nutrition is a significant factor in student performance and student progress. This issue being pushed toward the state level could help in multiple areas.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:As the city looks at redevelopment areas, we need to be looking at what businesses and industries can fit into those plans. Solar, Wind and Geothermal are incredibly important, especially as we move toward 100% renewable by 2030. As we continue to move in this direction those industries will continue to grow, and will be a good alternative of employment for those have been reliant on income from working in the oil and gas industry.