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Environment & Energy

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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The green case for Jones Act reform

When we talk about the costs of the Jones Act, we’re usually focused on how it results in higher prices for consumers and businesses and its overall effect on Hawaii’s economy. But those are not the only costs imposed on us by the 100-year-old protectionist law that restricts goods carried between U.S.

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Professor Pooley to the rescue!

Hawaii resident Gale Pooley took on supervillain Thanos of the “Avengers” film series over the issue of resource scarcity and population control, at a Grassroot Institute of Hawaii event on Maui, Monday, Sept. 9. Pooley is an economist and associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and co-author

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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

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

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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

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 →

The green case for Jones Act reform

When we talk about the costs of the Jones Act, we’re usually focused on how it results in higher prices for consumers and businesses and its overall effect on Hawaii’s economy. But those are not the only costs imposed on us by the 100-year-old protectionist law that restricts goods carried between U.S.

Read More →

Professor Pooley to the rescue!

Hawaii resident Gale Pooley took on supervillain Thanos of the “Avengers” film series over the issue of resource scarcity and population control, at a Grassroot Institute of Hawaii event on Maui, Monday, Sept. 9. Pooley is an economist and associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and co-author

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