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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"Far too many communities across the country are living with unhealthy air, putting their health and well-being at risk. Although #Honolulu is among the least polluted in the nation and #Kahului, #Wailuku, and #Lahaina are tied for fourth, this is not the case for many Americans. We must take action now to ensure a clean and safe environment for all communities.
"@HIARNG not only protects our people and our nation, but also preserves and protects our ʻāina and precious oceans. This year, the #Hawaii Army National Guard has earned the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for their work eradicating invasive species and protecting endangered and endemic species on Keaukaha Military Reservation (KMR) in #Hilo. Mahalo to my brothers and sisters in the Hawaii Army National Guard their work to protect our environment, and continued service to the people of Hawai‘i and our nation.
"In Hawai‘i, invasive species like the coffee berry borer have cost our local farmers and agriculture industry millions in lost revenue—putting their livelihoods and our food security at risk. Not only do invasive species cause serious and harmful damage to our farmlands, agricultural production, food supply, environment, and public health, but they have also cost the US. economy an estimated $120 billion every year.
"In #Hawaii, a recent study found that nearly 2,600 average visitors left about 412 pounds of sunscreen in the ocean every single day at #HanaumaBay. Harmful chemicals found in common sunscreens break down our precious coral reefs, disrupt our marine ecosystem, and threaten a vital asset of our economy, tourism. Today, the Hawai‘i state legislature passed a measure to ban the sale of sunscreens containing 2 toxic chemicals, and it now heads to Governor Ige’s desk for his signature.
"#Hawaii just became the 1st state in the nation to ban chlorpyrifos-- a harmful pesticide that has been linked to damaging and often irreversible health outcomes in workers, pregnant women, and children. We must build on this progress made in Hawai‘i & pass my bill, the Pesticide Protection Act to keep this toxic chemical out of our air, food, and water across the country.