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 is an original cosponsor of H.Res.540, which would build off the progress made in states like Hawai‘i and support unprecedented national priorities for combating climate change, including goals for 50% of electricity derived from renewable sources by 2030 as well as the transition to 50% near zero greenhouse gas emissions and 100% clean renewable energy by 2050.
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. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Tulsi worked to ensure that the expansion of military projects in Hawai‘i do not harm our environment. She has also included a provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 National Defense Authorization Act to require the Department of Defense to propose an infrastructure plan for improvements to the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility on O‘ahu. In addition, Tulsi working to secure additional federal funding to protect our oceans and coral reefs, which are vital to our coastline, marine health and life, ecosystem, and local economy. She has cosponsored H.R.4811, the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act, to allow federal agencies to award grants to efforts that promote coral reef research and conservation.
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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):
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.
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.
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: