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Steve Douglas

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Steve Douglas

Mayor

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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:

When elected, I will ask my fellow Councilors to vote for a moratorium to give us time to regroup. I am currently serving on a Council supporting neighborhood drilling to meet only the demands of the developers. Even if the culture of the Council doesn't change with the election, I will empower the other Councilors to understand the necessity of enforcing a moratorium. Any further drilling that might happen in Commerce City will only add to the cumulative impacts, so empowering my peers to see this issue from a different perspective will be my first priority as the Commerce City Mayor.

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 continue to work diligently to move away from the dependency on oil and gas both for energy use and for our reliance on this industry as a contributor f the economy. I support a ban with a coinciding action plan for just job transitioning and clean energy production plan, while moving subsidizes currently allocated for other recipients to a just job transitioning and/or retirement program for workers and clean energy infrastructure installment. While supporting a ban, I believe we must have a sound plan in place to provide support for worker transition while getting the infrastructure programs available to everyone to have access to the infrastructure. All of this will require collaborative planning.

Q:

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

A:

As the Mayor, I will be in a position of leadership and I will get my Council to instruct the City Manager to direct the Economic Development Department to focus on working together with all of Council to bring all these industries to Commerce City.