Survey Answers - Geoff Hunt

Independent new councillor running for Coquitlam city council

 

Do you support raising {your municipality’s} community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to meet or beat the new province-wide standard of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 (percentages refer to a reduction below 2007 levels)? [Note that some cities already match the 80% target but lack interim targets, which are crucial to meeting these goals!]

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to adopt these targets within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Are you in favour of transparent, annual measuring and reporting of [your municipality’s] community-wide emissions?

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to ensure transparent, annual measuring and reporting of community-wide emissions, within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Will you commit to taking a leadership role in ensuring that city council and staff work with community members, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to achieve these community-wide targets in a meaningful way and within the specified time frame?

Yes

 

Describe three steps you will take during your first year in office to uphold this commitment.

1. Stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

2. Abolish The step rate for BCHydro as it is a subsidy to the oil and natural gas industry. Step rates cause many to pay 50% premium to fuel electric vehicles and punishes people for using clean electric power for heating.

3. Encourage the electric economy and remove barriers to adoption.

 

Force of Nature’s framework emphasizes “five key concepts” of urban climate solutions. What ideas or initiatives would you bring forth to promote, encourage or enforce the reduction of community-wide GHG emissions in each of the following categories: compact communities, multi-modal transportation, renewable energy, green jobs, and circular economy.

We are now in a critical time to address climate change, it will not be easy, allowing Alberta to increase production of fossil fuels while we work to lower emissions is a non starter. We need to think bigger than our own country. We must help the world to stop using our dirty oil.

You can reach Geoff at Hunt4councillor@shaw.ca


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