Mr. President, we know what you’re talkin’ about. The citizens of Hawaii, your birthplace, are more dependent on oil for the generation of our electricity than any other state in the nation. We’re ready to shoulder the burden, to accept the additional “green premium” to end our dependence on fossil fuel.
It begins with energy.
We know the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century…. I do not accept a future where the jobs and industries of tomorrow take root beyond our borders - and I know you don't either. It is time for America to lead again.
You want leadership, Mr. President? Your Hawaii can provide not only leadership but inspiration and passionate commitment to energy independence. Why? Because Hawaii must out of necessity embrace the green revolution as a matter of survival! Our debilitating reliance on fossil fuel will surely finish us off as a viable society unless we act. We’re determined, but we’re a small place. You need look nowhere else to find an army of committed citizens eager to embrace the change you seek. All we need is your help.
Not to mention ocean thermal energy conversion, Mr. President. The tropical ocean that embraces your home state is the world’s greatest collector of solar energy – storing the energy equivalent of 250 billion barrels of oil each day!
By including OTEC in your energy investment strategy, you will set the stage for an energy revolution that will change the fate of the planet -- not only in the tropics, but around the globe. Surely your advisors and daughters will tell you about OTEC's unlimited promise.
So let it begin here, Mr. President. Your Hawaii is ready to lead the way to energy independence by embarking on the greatest energy turnaround in our nation’s history – transforming our society from near-total reliance on imported fossil fuel to become the first truly clean energy economy in the country.
Let it begin where you began, Mr. President. Hawaii prepared you to lead our nation, and now we are prepared to lead.
Continuing the Thought
If any of this appeals to you, please read today's post by Pat Takahashi at his Simple Solutions for Planet Earth and Humanity blog under the headline The Sustainable Paradise of the Pacific. This is must reading for renewable energy advocates in the 50th State.