Monday, April 7, 2008
Beijing, Cuba, Hawaii--the Hits Just Keep on Comin'
Buzz we wanted, and buzz we have. In the few days since the Blue Planet Summit, this blog has recorded hits from around the world -- China, Indonesia, Japan, France, England, Sweden, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, across America and Hawaii.
Thank you for your interest in our energy health, which isn't healthy at all. Due to our overwhelming reliance on imported oil for our energy, the Aloha State is on life support. Cut that flow of oil and we'd be in economic arrest. Call it Code Red or simply critical, our condition is alarming and demands action to dramatically increase renewable energy's contribution here.
The Beauty of Base-Load
This blog is dedicated to the proposition that all forms of renewable energy are not created equal. Although we support all the alternatives, we believe ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is Hawaii's best bet to get off oil in a big way. Unlike most renewables, OTEC can provide base-load electricity generation. Hawaii is surrounded by the biggest solar collector on the planet -- the tropical ocean. We trust our visitors from around the world understand the term "no brainer." That's what OTEC is for our isolated society.
Please promote and support OTEC among your friends, government officials, legislators, environmental leaders and anyone else concerned with our dependence on fossil fuel. Scroll down for links to OTEC sites and the Blue Planet Foundation, host of last week's Blue Planet Summit.
We hope you'll be a frequent visitor to this Hawaii Energy Options site, and if you're so moved, click on Comments and leave one. We want to know what you think about getting off oil with renewable energy, including OTEC. Jonathan Cole took time to leave a comment to the April 6 post, below. You can read Jonathan's views on OTEC's possible challenges and check out his website. We've posted our response to him there. Jump right in with your own comments; the water's fine.