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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"In #Hawaii, our state motto: Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'āina i ka Pono teaches us that protecting and preserving our ‘aina and wai is our responsibility and a way of life. Today, as we celebrate World Wetlands Day, we must protect our environment for current and future generations"-TG
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"In #Hawaii, we’re vulnerable to many unique natural disasters, including hurricanes, tsunamis, flashfloods, volcanic activity, landslides, and more. These disasters can decimate small businesses that make up over 99% of businesses and employ nearly 270,000 people in #Hawaii – hurting their ability to compete against industry giants. Tonight, we unanimously passed legislation to find ways to help small businesses obtain loans after a natural disaster to prevent such damage to our small business community and economy."-TG
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Today on Oʻahu, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) toured Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi‘s (MCBH) sustainability initiatives and received an update on the base’s renewable energy projects, including its rooftop solar production, ongoing wave power research, and other renewable energy projects that contribute to Hawaiʻi’s 100% clean energy goal. Later in the morning, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard received a classified brief from USPACOM Commander Admiral Harry Harris to discuss the ongoing threat of North Korea and measures to ensure Hawaiʻi and the United States are protected.
"Oil and gas drilling puts our people directly in harm’s way – especially those in low-lying, coastal communities -- what to speak of the negative impact on our oceans. Opening up more areas for offshore oil and natural gas drilling, including off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, threatens our precious oceans and our planet.
"#Hawaii is home to 166 farms with 3,505 acres in organic production that grow fruits, vegetables, coffee, herbs, spices, and so much more. Organic farming continues to be a steadily growing source of employment and income for the people of Hawai‘i and others across the nation. I’m pushing for bipartisan legislation to increase the annual funding from $20 million to $50 million for research, education, and support of our nation’s organic agriculture farmers."-TG
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