Target: David Ige, Governor of Hawaii
Goal: Support Hawaiian initiative to replace all fossil fuel power with naturally-sourced energy by 2045.
All of Hawaii’s energy could soon be generated from renewable sources thanks to a groundbreaking bill passed by the state legislature. The bill sets a series of goals for the gradual replacement of fossil fuels with naturally-sourced energy infrastructure, and would see Hawaii using 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. This is the first initiative of its kind proposed anywhere in the country.
Hawaii, which depends heavily on costly fossil fuels imported from the mainland, already gets 23 percent of its energy from renewable sources. The islands have several solar power projects, including large-scale solar farms and a solar-powered water heater in every building built after 2010. Officials have banned new coal plants from being built, and are working on several experimental energy projects including fuel made from algae and a wave power test site.
The initiative will not only be more cost effective to residents, but will eliminate the use of over 50 million barrels of oil a year, reducing the state’s carbon emissions profile significantly. These emissions not only contain particles harmful to our water, soil, and air, but contribute greatly to climate change, which if left unchecked could result in the mass extinction of animal species and the loss of coastal cities due to sea level rise.
The bill is now waiting to be passed by the governor before it takes effect. If successful, Hawaii will set a worldwide precedent for the use of renewable energy, and could influence other states and countries to take a similarly aggressive approach to cutting out fossil fuels completely. Sign the petition below to show your support for this innovative new initiative.
Dear Governor David Ige,
The Hawaiian parliament recently passed a bill that would see the use of fossil fuels phased out completely by 2045. The bill sets gradual goals for the replacement of these high-emission power sources with naturally-sourced solar, wind, and water energy. Hawaii is already well past meeting its goal of sourcing 15 percent of total electricity from renewable sources by 2015, and is on track to continue with the improvements.
Not only would the initiative put a huge dent in US carbon emissions, but it could set a precedent for other states and countries to follow. We, the undersigned, implore you to become a world leader in the fight against climate change by passing the renewable energy bill.
[Your Name Here]
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