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Environment & Energy

GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly

This week we will be talking about GEMS, which stands for Green Energy Market Securitization. It’s a program that was adopted by our state government in Act 211 of 2013. The idea behind GEMS is that the state wanted to facilitate the buildout of “clean energy infrastructure,” which was seen

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What You Need To Know About Hawaii’s New Environmental Court

You may have heard that the Hawaii Legislature, after an intensive years-long effort by environmental groups, recently created a new court with specialized jurisdiction that could have a big impact on how property and business owners are treated by Hawaii’s courts. Known as the “Environmental Court,” this new court has

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The Jones Act and the Crude Export Ban

The energy information website E & E Publishing Inc. reports on the linkages between lifting the 1970’s crude petroleum oil export ban and Jones Act relief for the oil industry. The author predicts based upon those whom he interviewed, that as the US Congress comes closer to serous consideration of

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Clean Energy Equals $418M Tax Hike?

Hawaii’s clean energy goals are the most aggressive in the nation, according to the home page of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI). Let’s find out just how aggressive some of these goals are. Who is HCEI? It might sound like an independent nonprofit but it’s not; it’s actually a

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Barreling the Poor

One of the tax increase bills that is still afloat at our legislature concerns the environmental response, energy, and food security tax, which we refer to as the barrel tax. This tax started off as the environmental response tax, imposed at 5 cents a barrel of imported petroleum product as

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Exposing the Shaka Movement’s Dishonesty

by John Engle Hawaii has become a veritable battlefield for the advocates and opponents of genetically modified crops (GMO). Champions of the free market and of sound science have succeeded lately against the relentless tide of anti-science, ideology-driven environmentalism. On Kauai, a federal court has struck down a law that

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Federal Court Upholds the Free Market on Kauai

by John Engle Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been a hot-button issue in Hawaii politics for years. Champions of organic food, alternative medicine, green initiatives, and others have banded together in an effort to destroy the burgeoning GMO industry in the state. Some at the state and local level, efforts

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Does My Lyft Driver Hold the Key to Hawai‘i’s Energy Crisis?

by Gaetano Venezia I’ve been using Lyft—the disruptive, peer-to-peer rideshare service—for a few weeks now and have been quite amazed with the diverse backgrounds of the drivers. I’ve met musicians, Marines, and perhaps most surprising, a nuclear engineer during my last trip. After going through the usual routine of telling

Read More →

GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly

This week we will be talking about GEMS, which stands for Green Energy Market Securitization. It’s a program that was adopted by our state government in Act 211 of 2013. The idea behind GEMS is that the state wanted to facilitate the buildout of “clean energy infrastructure,” which was seen

Read More →

What You Need To Know About Hawaii’s New Environmental Court

You may have heard that the Hawaii Legislature, after an intensive years-long effort by environmental groups, recently created a new court with specialized jurisdiction that could have a big impact on how property and business owners are treated by Hawaii’s courts. Known as the “Environmental Court,” this new court has

Read More →

The Jones Act and the Crude Export Ban

The energy information website E & E Publishing Inc. reports on the linkages between lifting the 1970’s crude petroleum oil export ban and Jones Act relief for the oil industry. The author predicts based upon those whom he interviewed, that as the US Congress comes closer to serous consideration of

Read More →

Clean Energy Equals $418M Tax Hike?

Hawaii’s clean energy goals are the most aggressive in the nation, according to the home page of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI). Let’s find out just how aggressive some of these goals are. Who is HCEI? It might sound like an independent nonprofit but it’s not; it’s actually a

Read More →

Barreling the Poor

One of the tax increase bills that is still afloat at our legislature concerns the environmental response, energy, and food security tax, which we refer to as the barrel tax. This tax started off as the environmental response tax, imposed at 5 cents a barrel of imported petroleum product as

Read More →

Exposing the Shaka Movement’s Dishonesty

by John Engle Hawaii has become a veritable battlefield for the advocates and opponents of genetically modified crops (GMO). Champions of the free market and of sound science have succeeded lately against the relentless tide of anti-science, ideology-driven environmentalism. On Kauai, a federal court has struck down a law that

Read More →

Federal Court Upholds the Free Market on Kauai

by John Engle Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been a hot-button issue in Hawaii politics for years. Champions of organic food, alternative medicine, green initiatives, and others have banded together in an effort to destroy the burgeoning GMO industry in the state. Some at the state and local level, efforts

Read More →

Does My Lyft Driver Hold the Key to Hawai‘i’s Energy Crisis?

by Gaetano Venezia I’ve been using Lyft—the disruptive, peer-to-peer rideshare service—for a few weeks now and have been quite amazed with the diverse backgrounds of the drivers. I’ve met musicians, Marines, and perhaps most surprising, a nuclear engineer during my last trip. After going through the usual routine of telling

Read More →