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Environment & Energy

SB2311 could disincentivize ‘producers’ of EV batteries

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Agriculture and Environment on Feb. 13, 2024. _____________ Feb. 13,  2024, 9:10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Commerce and

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HB1972’s proposed battery rule could quash local EV market

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection on Feb. 6, 2024. ___________ Feb. 6,  2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection    

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Are rolling blackouts the price Hawaii must pay for clean energy?

If you spent part of this week sitting in the dark without any electricity, you probably have some questions about the state’s energy plan. So do I. Power shortages on Monday forced Hawaiian Electric Co. to institute rolling blackouts that left 120,000 customers on the island without power for 30-minute

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New law could help resolve Maui’s axis deer problem

The following article was published originally by Maui Now on July 5, 2023. ______________ Maui’s struggle with invasive deer might have just gotten easier to tackle, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Josh Green. Passed by the Legislature earlier this year, HB1382, now Act 54, allows nonprofits

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SB507: Give HHFDC more flexibility over projects involving wetlands

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Feb. 27, 2023. ___________ March 1, 2023 10:05 a.m. Conference Room 211 Via Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary        Senator Karl

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HB1146: Credit won’t offset tax-hike harm

The following testimony was presented Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection. ___________ February 7, 2023 8:45 a.m. Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection       Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Chair  

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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

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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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SB2311 could disincentivize ‘producers’ of EV batteries

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Agriculture and Environment on Feb. 13, 2024. _____________ Feb. 13,  2024, 9:10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Commerce and

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HB1972’s proposed battery rule could quash local EV market

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection on Feb. 6, 2024. ___________ Feb. 6,  2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection    

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Are rolling blackouts the price Hawaii must pay for clean energy?

If you spent part of this week sitting in the dark without any electricity, you probably have some questions about the state’s energy plan. So do I. Power shortages on Monday forced Hawaiian Electric Co. to institute rolling blackouts that left 120,000 customers on the island without power for 30-minute

Read More →

New law could help resolve Maui’s axis deer problem

The following article was published originally by Maui Now on July 5, 2023. ______________ Maui’s struggle with invasive deer might have just gotten easier to tackle, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Josh Green. Passed by the Legislature earlier this year, HB1382, now Act 54, allows nonprofits

Read More →

SB507: Give HHFDC more flexibility over projects involving wetlands

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Feb. 27, 2023. ___________ March 1, 2023 10:05 a.m. Conference Room 211 Via Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary        Senator Karl

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HB1146: Credit won’t offset tax-hike harm

The following testimony was presented Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection. ___________ February 7, 2023 8:45 a.m. Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection       Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Chair  

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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

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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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