Working For Sustainable Energy Policies & A Cleaner Environment
Hawai‘i continues to lead the nation in renewable energy production. In 2015, Hawai‘i became the first state in the country to set a 100% clean energy goal by 2045 and our state and counties have made great progress toward this goal. We must continue to utilize our abundant renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, and more, and move away from foreign oil and fossil fuels. Tulsi introduced H.R. 3671, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act), which will put the United States on a pathway to replace fossil fuels with 100 percent clean energy generation and use by 2035. The bill builds on progress made in Hawai‘i and other states that have committed to address the climate change crisis head on and do everything possible to transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy. The OFF Act continues this progress and sets an ambitious timeline to cut carbon emissions by ending America’s reliance on fossil fuels by 2035 in order to avert some of the most devastating impacts of climate change. Transitioning to clean energy will stimulate our economy, support our working men and women, and protect our environment. It will increase our competitiveness by investing in clean energy technologies, jobs, and training programs. Additionally, it will improve the health and well-being of the American people and our planet from toxic pollutants, asthma and respiratory illnesses, and environmental degradation.
Hawai’i Leads in Renewable Energy
Hawai‘i ’s abundant and diverse natural energy sources make our state an ideal location for innovation and growth in the renewable energy sector. Tulsi supports the extension of renewable energy tax credits, which have helped spur the development of clean energy right here at home. The investment tax credit and production tax credit have been critical in growing our supply of domestically-produced renewable energy and should remain part of our national energy policy.
Protecting Our Oceans and Water Resources
In Hawai'i, protecting our precious land and water is more than just a policy discussion; it is a way of life. Too often, it is only in times of crisis that we realize just how vital our most precious resource is to all of us. Once we allow an aquifer to be polluted, there is very little that can be done about it. This is why it is essential that we prevent water resources from being polluted in the first place. Whether we are looking at the potential threat posed to a major Hawaiʻi aquifer by Red Hill fuel storage, water rights on Maui and Kaua'i, the lead contaminated water supply of Flint, Michigan, or the Dakota Access Pipeline threatening a major water resource, each example underscores the vital importance of protecting our water. Water is life. We cannot survive without it. The love and appreciation we have for our home can motivate us to recognize what each of us can do, on small and large scales, to preserve this precious resource and make sure it is accessible for generations to come.
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Kailua, HI—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) met with the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IX Administrator, Mike Stoker, today to discuss key concerns and environmental threats to Hawaiʻi’s people. During the meeting, the congresswoman and Administrator Stoker discussed:
"It’s our great responsibility to care for our Mother Earth, and to protect our air, water, and land for today and many tomorrows. Unfortunately, this Administration and their EPA have done the opposite by expanding offshore oil and gas drilling, attacking marine sanctuaries and monuments, and slashing NOAA’s budget –putting the health and well-being of our marine life, oceans, and coastal communities at risk.
"Single-use plastic accounts for more than 40% of plastic waste –each year adding up to about 8.8 million tons of plastic trash that pollutes our oceans, endangers marine life, washes up on our shores, and puts human health at risk. Check out this article for a few tips on how to reduce your plastic use."-TG
"From the coral reefs that keep our coastline and marine life safe, to the incredible energy derived from our waves, our oceans are vital to our communities, our economy, and our way of life and must be protected. Each of us can make positive changes in our own lives to ensure our oceans can be enjoyed by future generations."-TG
"Take a moment to think about your lifestyle and what positive changes you can make to protect the air we breathe, food we eat, water we drink, and the land and oceans all around us. Standing together, we can alter the destructive path we are on, and save our oceans, our planet, and our future."-TG