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Environment & Energy

Top-down energy plans not going down easy

We all know that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the country. We also know about the many factors that contribute to those high costs, such as high taxation, too many regulations, not enough homes and the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act. What is less well

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How the Jones Act helps thwart ‘Buy American’ policy

This article was originally published March 28, 2022, by the American Institute for Economic Research. _______________ Besides getting patriotism backwards, protectionist policies such as the Jones Act simply do not increase demand for American products By Gary M. Galles “Buying American” has long been a protectionist ruse dressed up as

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Testimony: Kudos to Maui County resolution seeking Jones Act waiver

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 1, 2022, by the Maui County Council. _______________ To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Ted

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Ukraine crisis highlights need for Hawaii Jones Act relief

Oil tankers at the Russian port of Vladivostok Will our D.C. delegates rise to the occasion?   It has been a whirlwind week at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. But I’m not complaining. International upheaval in Europe has brought significant attention to the Jones Act, which has long been a

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Jones Act threatens Hawaii energy security

The world is holding its breath as we watch the outbreak of war in Ukraine and wonder what it bodes for the future. For those of us in Hawaii, there is an extra reason to be concerned, aside from the geopolitical implications and the loss of life: It is very

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Hawaii needs Jones Act waiver for oil imports

With Hawaii reliant on a U.S. geopolitical rival for its oil, there has always been a risk that the islands could be cut off from their energy supplies in the event of a conflict. In 2014, the Hawaii Refinery Task Force predicted: “If access to foreign sources of petroleum products

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Testimony: HB2278 tax credit not enough to offset fuel price surge

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 15, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.  __________ To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.       Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair       Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice Chair

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Testimony on HB2278: Dreadful ‘energy’ tax bill full of gas

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 8, 2022, by the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection. _____________ To: House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection       Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Chair       Rep. Lisa Marten, Vice

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Sustainability applies to economy, too, Akina says on ‘Stan The Energy Man’

Usually it’s Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who interviews notable people on the ThinkTech Hawaii Network, during his show “Hawaii Together,” which airs every other Monday. But recently, on Feb. 2, Akina was the interview subject of a different ThinkTech Hawaii program: Stan Osserman’s regular “Stan

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Top-down energy plans not going down easy

We all know that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the country. We also know about the many factors that contribute to those high costs, such as high taxation, too many regulations, not enough homes and the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act. What is less well

Read More →

How the Jones Act helps thwart ‘Buy American’ policy

This article was originally published March 28, 2022, by the American Institute for Economic Research. _______________ Besides getting patriotism backwards, protectionist policies such as the Jones Act simply do not increase demand for American products By Gary M. Galles “Buying American” has long been a protectionist ruse dressed up as

Read More →

Testimony: Kudos to Maui County resolution seeking Jones Act waiver

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 1, 2022, by the Maui County Council. _______________ To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Ted

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Ukraine crisis highlights need for Hawaii Jones Act relief

Oil tankers at the Russian port of Vladivostok Will our D.C. delegates rise to the occasion?   It has been a whirlwind week at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. But I’m not complaining. International upheaval in Europe has brought significant attention to the Jones Act, which has long been a

Read More →

Jones Act threatens Hawaii energy security

The world is holding its breath as we watch the outbreak of war in Ukraine and wonder what it bodes for the future. For those of us in Hawaii, there is an extra reason to be concerned, aside from the geopolitical implications and the loss of life: It is very

Read More →

Hawaii needs Jones Act waiver for oil imports

With Hawaii reliant on a U.S. geopolitical rival for its oil, there has always been a risk that the islands could be cut off from their energy supplies in the event of a conflict. In 2014, the Hawaii Refinery Task Force predicted: “If access to foreign sources of petroleum products

Read More →

Testimony: HB2278 tax credit not enough to offset fuel price surge

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 15, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.  __________ To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.       Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair       Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice Chair

Read More →

Testimony on HB2278: Dreadful ‘energy’ tax bill full of gas

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 8, 2022, by the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection. _____________ To: House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection       Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Chair       Rep. Lisa Marten, Vice

Read More →

Sustainability applies to economy, too, Akina says on ‘Stan The Energy Man’

Usually it’s Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who interviews notable people on the ThinkTech Hawaii Network, during his show “Hawaii Together,” which airs every other Monday. But recently, on Feb. 2, Akina was the interview subject of a different ThinkTech Hawaii program: Stan Osserman’s regular “Stan

Read More →