Voters question city council candidates about climate change

6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, March 21 2018 Mar 21, 2018 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT March 21, 2018 in News
By: Lindsey Fafoglia, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Columbia residents got the chance to question city council candidates on their plans and opinions on climate change concerns Wednesday night, ahead of the municipal election on April 3.

Five groups, Peaceworks, Sierra Club, Renew Missouri, Mizzou Energy Action Coalition and Citizens' Climate Lobby hosted the city council candidate climate forum.

"All the local groups that are involved in this feel that climate change is a significant threat to really the livability of our climate in the future," Carolyn Amparan from the Sierra Club said. "And so that makes it a threat not only to human health, but also to wildlife, to forest, and all the things the Sierra Club is interested in protecting so that humans can enjoy them." 

She said the city is able to make changes to help the climate, and forums are set up so voters can see how potential city council members feel about these issues.

Betsey Peters, running for ward six, said she believes climate change is real, and the city should work to increase energy efficiency.

She said Columbia is actively using renewable energy and working to do more to stop climate change. The city is currently using 15 percent renewable energy. 

Candidate Michael Trapp (incumbent, second ward) said Columbia is leading in renewable energy in Missouri. 

Trapp said he agrees that climate change is real and due to human activity. He said city governments will be the ones to clean things up. 

Second ward candidate Paul Love said humans are not the primary contributor to climate change, but they do have a part.

He said some alternative energy has unfortunate repercussions that often get overlooked because of the title "alternative energy." He said some alternative sources should be implemented, but with a critical eye. 

Love said renewable resources costs money, and if the city's goal is to use 100 percent renewable energy, that is going to make living in Columbia even more expensive. He said that's going to make it tough on the poor in Columbia and will force the poor out of the community. 

Peters said the city needs to help low income folks and push them to fill out rebates for using more efficient energy. 

"We face an existential threat to the climate crisis, and it's important for us to act at all levels of government, from the local to the national, and international," the director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks Mark Haim said. "And right now, we are working to get Columbia to move forward to a carbon-free future, to a future that works for everyone." 

Columbia Sustainability Manager Barbara Buffaloe also gave a presentation about the city's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which is an initiative to reduce climate concerns that is still in the works. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY- A federal judge says Missouri has violated the rights of people serving life in prison without parole for... More >>
17 minutes ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 11:35:48 AM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The Boone County Sheriff's Department is investigating a pair of armed robberies at convenience stores over the weekend. ... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 9:54:00 AM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop early Sunday morning, according to... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
SLATER - Gloria is a 2-year-old pit bull who was found near Slater, Missouri after someone shot her in the... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 8:26:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Missouri's Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley took a cue from President Donald Trump on Sunday and said... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) - For many, the fight against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was about more than a seat on the Supreme Court.... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:04:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) - Florida Panhandle officials are trying to figure out how to resume classes after Hurricane Michael damaged or destroyed... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:29:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Dozens of people gathered at Burr Oak Brewing on Sunday for the second annual Columbia Micro-Con. STL... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:09:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
MOBERLY- The Randolph County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect after an armed robbery at Dino Mart on 1634... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 12:41:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A field of flowers swept through Columbia on Sunday in honor of the Alzheimer's Association’s 2018 Walk to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 8:54:00 AM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
HARTSBURG - The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is celebrating its 27th year with traditions like live music and picking your own... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:05:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City officials declared the month of October Disability Employment Awareness Month at a fundraiser in Stephens Lake Park... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:39:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The first ever Marc’s Dash 5K and Fun Run was held Saturday to honor a fallen firefighter. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:43:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
FULTON - "Richard's Family" said its goal is giving a safe space and a sense of family for LGBTQ youth.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:18:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Hurricane Michael's death toll climbed to 18 Saturday, after another victim was discovered in Virginia. Fears were... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 6:23:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Police arrested a man wanted for attempted murder and attempted kidnapping Saturday. Police were investigating an unrelated... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The percentage of young kids in the US who received no vaccine doses has continued to rise, as... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:33:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who previously served 17 years in prison for two killings has been found... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:14:15 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 39°
12pm 45°
1pm 47°
2pm 49°
3pm 50°