The mandate has stimulated demand for clean tech innovations, many of them running through our Hawaii Energy Excelerator. Together, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, currently obtains 25 percent of our electricity from renewable sources. On Kauai the figure is 40 percent. With 65 renewable energy projects across the state, we are on schedule to meet our 2020 target for increasing renewable energy use. Earlier this month, the state's largest operating solar facility in Waianae successfully placed 28 megawatts into commercial operation. On Kauai, the nation's first closed-loop, bio-mass to electricity plant began operations near Koloa, fueled by albizia and eucalyptus trees.
SCHATZ: I firmly believe that we must use every weapon at our disposal to fight climate change. Moving from dirty energy to clean energy not only makes good environmental sense, but it increasingly makes good economic sense as well. This past year, I helped secure long-term extensions of tax credits for wind and solar that will make those technologies even more competitive in Hawaii and across the country. I also successfully passed legislation that would increase investments in cutting-edge clean energy research that could revolutionize our energy economy. We must, however, do more. I pledge to continue to defend and support President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which is the best tool we currently have for moving away from coal.
"People, governments, companies, and institutions are beginning to take the kinds of actions that give us a legitimate chance to solve this problem. We've got a long way to go, but this was enormously important. This agreement marks a historic step towards protecting our planet from the impacts of climate change. What our two countries are saying with this agreement is that climate change is real, caused by humans, and is solvable.
"For years, naysayers and deniers said that the US shouldn't move forward to regulate carbon pollution until and unless China took action. As of today, that argument is no longer valid.
"While this agreement is an incredibly important foundation and gives people around the world hope, we must not let up. We have to work towards the eventual passage of carbon fee legislation."
My first priority when discussing energy policy is to put a higher priority on reducing energy use. Conservation efforts can make a difference faster than alternative fuels or expanded drilling programs, and they should be a prominent part of any legislation. We can create American energy independence by rewarding and promoting businesses that seek innovations in renewable energy.
I strongly support clean energy innovations that begin with conservation, energy independence, and the ingenuity of American business before we irreparably harm the environment for our children and grandchildren.
Cavasso: Strongly Disagree
ABERCROMBIE: I see LNG as a "bridge fuel" to wean ourselves off of imported oil as we pivot to more renewable energy use. One of the most critical challenges of in
A: Hawaii should develop an electric utility platform that allows it to generate electricity from a portfolio of fuels. I believe it is premature to make a decision on long-term use and importation of LNG at this time until we can determine its impact long- and short-range. In the meantime, we should continue to support energy efficiency/conservation, PV/solar, wind and other renewable technologies to achieve clean energy goals.
Q: What thoughts do you have on improving the electric distribution system (the grid) so more renewables can be in the mix?
A: I will push for more investment in renewable energy and take action to increase the amount of rooftop solar that ratepayers can install. Rooftop PV is currently one of the best renewable energy sources in Hawaii. I'll push for grid technology that allows for increasing amounts of distributed generation and power sharing between consumers.
Pirkowski: Strongly Disagree
Hawaii residents everywhere dislike wind turbines. Sen. Schatz promotes more taxpayer monies for special interests who are peddling a technology that cannot make it on its own. He is wrong for the following reasons.
I conducted detailed research on cost effective energy solutions for Hawaii, was published this week as "Making the Case for Liquefied Natural Gas." Our research concluded that wind and solar power plants are ineffective; they require multimillion dollar subsidies. On the other hand, homeowner solar photovoltaic panels (Rooftop PV) make sense without any subsidies.
Sen. Schatz should stop bragging about the jobs. Hawaii has fewer than 50 turbines and fewer than 50 people are located here to manage them
97% would be A LOT of melting, especially for a mass of ice that is, over large stretches, a mile or two thick. We found a NASA web page that reported that in July 2012, "an estimated 97% of the ice sheet surface had thawed." The key word is "surface." The melting the satellites tracked was at and near the surface, often to a depth of no more than an inch. The ice sheet itself never thawed. A NASA scientist said, "Sen. Schatz's statement is very misleading. The correct statement would be that the surface of the Greenland ice sheet experienced some melt." However, the last time that much surface ice temporarily melted was about a century ago. We rate Shatz's statement as Half True.
On February 2, the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) and the State of Hawai`i signed a Letter of Intent to pursue mutual interests in smart grid development. While in Korea, Lieutenant Governor Schatz met with officials from MKE and the Korea Smart Grid Institute to strengthen Hawai`i's commitment to this collaboration. Negotiations are underway between public and private partners from Korea and Hawai'i and the goal of the partnership is to develop a Memorandum of Understanding for a project in Hawai`i in the early part of 2013.
Q: Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Q: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Q: Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Q: Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Q: Do you support state funding for improvements to Hawaii's energy infrastructure?
Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Aiona adds, "I helped launch the Hawai'i Clean Energy Initiative, which is helping to transform Hawai'i from the most fossil fuel dependent state in the nation into a worldwide leader in clean energy. And as Governor, I'm committed to pursuing a clean energy future free of the dependency of oil. This will not only benefit the environment, it will create jobs and keep money in our economy that is otherwise being spent on foreign sources."
A: We must work towards weaning our dependence on foreign oil. Iíve done this by crafting and offering and passing bills to change this. One is a hydrogen bill that will bring about research and development. Another is a bill for natural gas thatís called methane hydrate. These are efforts to help the future in getting out of oil and being self sufficient. Iíve put in $86 million in projects to convert sugar cane into ethanol.
A: We can and should investigate the large oil companies for price fixing, price gouging. Those investigations havenít even gone forward because the Bush administration wonít let them go forward. The second thing of course is to provide for far more efficient automobiles. The Bush administration and the majority in congress let go the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to require higher efficiency in our cars.
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