"Nice" would have been selecting a symbol and showing leadership in prudence and conservation. Selecting the slightly higher-cost hybrid would have made a statement about changing old habits as gas passes $4.50 per gallon on Oahu and $5 on the neighbor islands.
Assessing the Legacy
What will Hawaii citizens remember about Lingle’s leadership during this protracted energy crisis? Will it be the highly publicized Clean Energy Initiative, or will they remember that the Governor and her bodyguards drove around in a luxury SUV -- and only 400 miles a month, at that?
Until this week, we thought the Governor's signature was assured on the solar water mandate legislation, but after this, you have to wonder. C'mon, Governor Lingle: Sign the bill and unsign the SUV lease. Do the right thing.