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:Introduce/support ordinances that, sustainably, promote both adaptation and mitigation. I believe residents who understand how climate change impacts present, in their spheres of influence, will engage in establishing real-world responses and advocate for sustaining them. I also will bring expert data and individuals to city officials and community leaders to help them understand how to prioritize adaptation.
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?
A:If we had the green light to enact a ban, yes. I support every effort that we can legally do to establish what, in effect, amounts to a ban.
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:I addressed adaptation above. As far as mitigating the anthropogenic forcing of rapid change, I will initiate discussion with the city and community considering the concept of becoming an active emissions reducing team/community. Reinforcing the need to take an inventory of government/business/residential emissions, I feel is the first step. Once we have an idea of which low-hanging fruit we can secure, we do that, and then we work on the more challenging sources of GHGS in our sphere of influence. In the long run, over the next twenty years, I would like to see Lafayette become know as an aesthetically pleasing, friendly GHG sinking system! From soils that absorb very large quantities of CO2, to green roof tops, to solar powered, omni present electric transportation systems, the list of options goes on and on. This future needs to inclusive to Lafayette residents support the small-town feel, our businesses, open spaces, school, youth, and other assets that Lafayette has or wants to promote, except maintaining or increasing our emissions.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:I would like to find out what various environmentally friendly industries need to move into (or expand within) Lafayette and let them know that we support equity, diversity, and inclusive initiatives. If those industries agree with those philosophies, then we could support trial, collaborative, projects that produce data to inform further integration of their products or services. If not we just initiate those industries with current businesses or create new ones from all wonderfully smart, industrious people living here!