Henk gets his own headline in an interview with Mark Coleman in today's Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The interview spans a range of topics, and Henk talks about attracting investment capital, social gaming, subsidies for alternative energy, and competing against oil titans. Read the full story here.
Q: You started the Blue Planet Foundation to help wean society off fossil fuels. What will it take for these other energy sources to become market competitive?
A: It’s just a question of time. All they need is a chance. The vested interest, meaning oil, is so entrenched and powerful that it’s very difficult for these new technologies to flourish. Every once in a while it looks like things are going right, and then OPEC, the oil cartel, decides to lower the price of oil. And that really messes up business plans, because that’s what we’re competing against.
Q: Instead of having solar power and wind power and all this stuff feeding into the monopoly grid, isn’t the real ideal some sort of individual home-powering units?
A: Yeah, sure.
Q: How far are we away from that?
A: We have so many roofs in Hawaii wasting so much solar energy it’s not even funny. If we could put all those roofs to work, that would be great. I mean, that’s land that’s already been — how can I say — denuded. So the environmental impact is already there. It’s just that we have to get used to the aesthetics of having solar panels or even little windmills on top of residences and, you know, learn how to live with that.