Referencing the 1970s oil embargo, during which time oil prices increased 400% in just six months, he explained that we have been here before. Our nation’s desire to build up sources of clean and renewable energy is not new, but as the Senator also made clear, in the 40 years since that crisis, we have not sufficiently changed our energy course.
Today we are in the midst of yet another drive towards creating more sustainable, domestic energy sources, but Senator Inouye cautioned that this time, we cannot stray from our course.
“Our nation has gone to war to stabilize the Middle East, and to safeguard democracy. We have gone to war over oil. Our sons and daughters have fought and died in the desert. The volatility in both the price and access to a barrel of oil demonstrates how insecure our nation is–oftentimes held hostage to forces beyond our control. Our renewed drive for energy independence began several years ago with billions being invested once again in alternative energy.
“This time, we cannot waiver. This time, we cannot blink. The spilt blood of our fallen U.S. warriors must not be in vain. We must stay the course. Our nation’s energy security requires it. The future of this planet, and the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren demand it.”
Hawaii’s reliance on imported fuel and imported goods in addition to our location as the most physically isolated islands in the world puts us in a particularly insecure position. In contrast to that, our year round sunshine and potential for wind, wave and geothermal energy as well as our location in the Asia-Pacific region place us in perfect position to become what Senator Inouye termed “an alternative energy bridge in the Asia-Pacific. We [Hawaii] are a testbed of increasing importance in the region.”
The future of world oil reserves is increasingly uncertain. Sunetric recently highlighted an article from the Economist which point out the skyrocketing consumption of oil in the Middle East, one of our main oil suppliers. Sustainable America also recently released research on this same phenomena in a report titled “The Coming Saudi Oil Storm”.
Hawaii’s clean energy goals come at a critical time for our state and our nation. To reach these goals we will need to develop and deploy renewable energy technologies when and where ever possible.
Sunetric is committed to providing its customers with state of the art PV technology so that more and more citizens and businesses can become sustainable in their energy consumption. As Senator Inouye explained, the time is now:
“Hawaii is second in the nation in installed photovoltaic panels per capita, as more families and businesses take their energy future into their own hands. As this momentum builds, it translates into real jobs–Hawaii currently ranks 3rd nationally in ‘clean energy’ job growth. We are on our way.”