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. 

“In Hawai‘i, protecting our environment is more than just a policy discussion; it is a way of life, embedded in the fabric of our culture and society.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

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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February 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – The Hawai‘i congressional delegation introduced legislation to ensure the Navy, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) meet their obligations to the State of Hawai‘i to protect drinking water and improve the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on Oahu.

December 4, 2016 Press Release

Cannon Ball, ND—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (ACE) decision to deny the federal easement for the construction of any pipeline below Lake Oahe, which is the current route of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL):

December 1, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC—In a speech on the House floor Thursday, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) called on President Obama to immediately halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and announced plans to
join thousands of veterans from across the country to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota this weekend. 

 Full video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s speech on the House floor is available here

November 4, 2016 Press Release

Honolulu, HI—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below on the Paris Climate Agreement, which goes into effect today:
 
“Our future and the future of every generation to come depend on the health of our planet. The Paris Climate Agreement marks the first universal, legally-binding commitment to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy. It requires every nation to do their part by taking steps to reduce carbon pollution and share responsibility for the future of our planet. That being said, by no means is this a cure-all solution.

October 6, 2016 Press Release

Honolulu, HI–Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement after today’s Underground Fuel Tank Advisory Committee meeting that focused on public health and safety issues surrounding fuel storage leaks at the Red Hill facility near Pearl Harbor:

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