New city report makes mockery of term ‘sustainability’

Grassroot board member Mark Monoscalco poked fun in an email this week about the new “2024 Annual Sustainability Report” issued by the Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency.

In particular, Monoscalco noted that the office “proudly displays a photo of ‘Skyline’ as the highlight of its sustainability report,” suggesting that “apparently, the City and County of Honolulu’s definition of ‘sustainability’ does not include the ability to be financially feasible.”

After all, the unfinished Honolulu rail project is years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget, and has resulted in higher taxes and debt; required enormous amounts of energy to build and operate; forced landowners in its way to lose their properties; been carrying embarrassingly few passengers; and had zero impact on local traffic, except to make it worse.

The wishing-it-were-so caption accompanying the above photo in the city report says: “With nine stations running from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium, Skyline revolutionized O‘ahu’s multi-modal transportation system with its Phase I grand opening on June 30, 2023.”

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