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Blue Planet Foundation Statement Regarding Gov. Abercrombie's Remarks on Hawai‘i's Energy Future

on 22 January 2013.

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
CONTACT: Jeff Mikulina, 808-226-4987

Blue Planet Foundation Statement Regarding Gov. Abercrombie's Remarks on Hawai‘i's Energy Future

In response to the Governor Abercrombie’s remarks on energy in the 2013 State of the State address, Blue Planet Foundation applauds the Administration’s commitment to initiatives designed to accelerate progress toward Hawai‘i’s clean energy future: stabilizing the renewable energy tax incentive, establishing green financing for an on-bill repayment program, and allocating existing barrel tax monies to fund energy and food security. These moves by the Administration will help move Hawai‘i toward energy independence powered by local, clean, sustainable energy.

A decision to import massive quantities of industrial gas—"LNG"—however, would undermine Hawai‘i’s transition to clean energy. “We can’t end our dependence on fossil fuels by making long-term commitments to import more fossil fuels,” said Blue Planet executive director Jeff Mikulina."The state’s long-term energy plan should rely on local, clean, and renewable resources like solar, wind, geothermal, and ocean power, integrated with a modernized electrical grid and 21st century transportation options.”

Despite the Governor’s statement that “the data is clear,” no data, in fact, has been produced to show that LNG can affordably serve as a short-term bridge to clean energy. On the contrary:

1) LNG does not guarantee reduced energy costs
According to the state’s most recent analysis, Hawai‘i would have to embrace "long term commitments" and "large investments" in order for LNG to even potentially provide economic relief for ratepayers. The price of domestic LNG is uncertain, and the price will rise if mainland export terminals are built to open up pricier foreign markets.

2) LNG does not guarantee a reduced carbon footprint
According to scientists from NOAA, fracking—the process of drilling for LNG—can emit so much methane into the atmosphere that it actually becomes worse in greenhouse gas pollution than coal.

3) LNG is not available “now”
The U.S. mainland currently does not have export facilities to deliver LNG to Hawai‘i in large quantities, and there are no ships available to transport it. It will take years for the necessary infrastructure to be permitted and built. We can’t afford to wait. 

Our current oil addiction is the result of relying on fuel that was once cheap and plentiful. Now Hawai‘i residents are paying the price on their electricity bills and at the pump. 

“We can't afford to make another long-term gamble on yet another dirty fossil fuel,” Mikulina reiterated. “The transition to renewable energy is happening, and not by ‘empty rhetoric’ or ‘magical' thinking. It is happening because of rapid technological innovation, private investment in new energy resources, and programs like those highlighted by the Governor."

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