City Council - At Large
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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:First, in Boulder, by advocating for and removing roadblocks to a citizen-owned, clean, green, modern, distributed utility grid. Second, by supporting and valuing our natural beauty like our Open Space and tree canopy as important contributors to carbon sequestration. Third, by supporting policies like a severance tax for oil & gas and making the public more aware of the impact of fracking on our air quality, especially from the 33,000 wells in Weld County and Erie.
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: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:As stated above: First, in Boulder, by advocating for and removing roadblocks to a citizen-owned, clean, green, modern, distributed utility grid. Second, by supporting and valuing our natural beauty like our Open Space and tree canopy as important contributors to carbon sequestration. Third, by supporting policies like a severance tax for oil & gas and making the public more aware of the impact of fracking on our air quality, especially from the 33,000 wells in Weld County and Erie. I would add to that: reducing traffic -- the second biggest source of carbon pollution in our community -- by finding funding for an EcoPass for all, advocating for better mass transit to the places from which people are commuting, subsidizing the purchase of electric bikes and vehicles, and adding a toll program for in-commuters to discourage the use of single occupancy vehicles.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:A locally-owned power grid here in Boulder would go a long way towards attracting more local development of energy sources, as would programs to incentivize the use of electric vehicles as described above. I would also add a program to incentivize home owners to install rooftop solar wherever applicable...we get 300 days of sunshine a year, for goodness sake! As VP of Business Development at locally-founded Renewable Choice Energy, I implemented lots of programs to attract the investment in green energy by focusing on the LEED building program and on companies who had customers who would have a preference for doing business and purchasing products from vendors who invested in clean energy by buying Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset their energy use.