State of Hawaii Archives: on Energy & Oil


Brian Schatz: OpEd: Schatz promotes wind turbines requiring huge subsidies

A TV ad started last week shows Brian Schatz promoting "energy that's moving Hawaii forward. Sen. Schatz is leading the effort to harness our incredible wind energy potential with tax credits to grow wind energy production that would create thousands of new jobs and clean energy."

Hawaii residents everywhere dislike wind turbines. Sen. Schatz promotes more taxpayer monies for special interests who are peddling a technology that cannot make it on its own. He is wrong for the following reasons.

I conducted detailed research on cost effective energy solutions for Hawaii, was published this week as "Making the Case for Liquefied Natural Gas." Our research concluded that wind and solar power plants are ineffective; they require multimillion dollar subsidies. On the other hand, homeowner solar photovoltaic panels (Rooftop PV) make sense without any subsidies.

Sen. Schatz should stop bragging about the jobs. Hawaii has fewer than 50 turbines and fewer than 50 people are located here to manage them

Source: Hawaii Reporter AdWatch on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Nov 25, 2013

Brian Schatz: FactCheck: Yes, 97% of Greenland ice surface melted in 2012

Brian Schatz said, "For several days in July of 2012, Greenland surface ice cover melted more than at any time in 30 years of satellite observation. During that month, an estimated 97% of the ice sheet thawed." Is Schatz's statement true?

97% would be A LOT of melting, especially for a mass of ice that is, over large stretches, a mile or two thick. We found a NASA web page that reported that in July 2012, "an estimated 97% of the ice sheet surface had thawed." The key word is "surface." The melting the satellites tracked was at and near the surface, often to a depth of no more than an inch. The ice sheet itself never thawed. A NASA scientist said, "Sen. Schatz's statement is very misleading. The correct statement would be that the surface of the Greenland ice sheet experienced some melt." However, the last time that much surface ice temporarily melted was about a century ago. We rate Shatz's statement as Half True.

Source: PolitiFact FactCheck on 2014 Hawaii Senate debate Aug 5, 2013

Brian Schatz: Clean energy with Taiwan; smart grid with Korea

The Lieutenant Governor partnered with the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) to lead a delegation to Taiwan in May of 2012 to promote clean energy and tourism. The Lieutenant Governor signed a Memorandum of Understanding reinforcing a mutual commitment to explore opportunities in renewable energy and sustainable development, educational exchange and tourism and cultural and business exchange.

On February 2, the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) and the State of Hawai`i signed a Letter of Intent to pursue mutual interests in smart grid development. While in Korea, Lieutenant Governor Schatz met with officials from MKE and the Korea Smart Grid Institute to strengthen Hawai`i's commitment to this collaboration. Negotiations are underway between public and private partners from Korea and Hawai'i and the goal of the partnership is to develop a Memorandum of Understanding for a project in Hawai`i in the early part of 2013.

Source: Lt. Gov. official website, ltgov.hawaii.gov Dec 27, 2012

Daniel Akaka: Offered hydrogen and ethanol bills for energy independence

Q: What can the government do to help with the energy costs?

A: We must work towards weaning our dependence on foreign oil. Iíve done this by crafting and offering and passing bills to change this. One is a hydrogen bill that will bring about research and development. Another is a bill for natural gas thatís called methane hydrate. These are efforts to help the future in getting out of oil and being self sufficient. Iíve put in $86 million in projects to convert sugar cane into ethanol.

Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Ed Case: Investigate the oil companies & reinstate the CAFE standards

Q: What can the government do to help with the energy costs?

A: We can and should investigate the large oil companies for price fixing, price gouging. Those investigations havenít even gone forward because the Bush administration wonít let them go forward. The second thing of course is to provide for far more efficient automobiles. The Bush administration and the majority in congress let go the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to require higher efficiency in our cars.

Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Cynthia Thielen: Voted YES to suspend the gasoline price cap

Bill Number: HB 3115 - A bill for an act relating to the petroleum industry. Cynthia Thielen voted YES. Bill Passed House, 49 - 1. Establishes: (1) petroleum industry monitoring, analysis, and reporting special fund; (2) petroleum industry information reporting system; and (3) unfair practices by petroleum industry. Suspends enforcement of gasoline price limit program by PUC.
Source: Hawaii State Legislature voting records Mar 7, 2006

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