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February 5, 2007

Earth Day: Stop Global Warming!

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment,HI Politics,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 6:23 pm

Maybe Earth Day would be a good time to highlight Progressive Democrats work on a Sustainable Environment?

The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Stop Global Warming
Environmentalist Bill McKibben is spearheading what will be the largest public demonstration against global warming our country has ever seen. But instead of a march on Washington, which would burn too much carbon, it will take place all over the nation, in unique forms.

I’m thinking of hosting a showing of An Inconvenient Truth.

What else?


January 29, 2007

Sustainable Environment in Hawaii?

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment,HI Politics — BobSchacht @ 6:30 pm

Chad Blair did a nice segment on Hawaii Public Radio on sustainability in Hawaii. He pointed out that our state legislature needs to come up with a sustainability plan this year, because the plan is needed for the “Hawaii 2050” effort. Consequently, this year our state legislature may be in an unusually receptive mood to consider our views on this plank of our S.H.I.P.S. platform. A great opportunity!

Bob Schacht

January 18, 2007

Hawai`i State Lege tackles sustainability?

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment,HI Politics — BobSchacht @ 6:50 am

Chad Blair’s commentary on the opening of the 2007 Hawaii State Legislature opening focuses on interest in Sustainability issues–an mp3 of his report is temporarily available. Don’t miss it!

Bob Schacht

December 3, 2006

SHIPS: Sustainable environment?

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment — BobSchacht @ 7:24 pm

OK, I’m late but not too late with this:

If you’re interested in a sustainable environment here in Hawaii, the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force is the place for you!

And there’s one more meeting left: Tuesday, December 5th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at McKinley High School Cafeteria, 1039 S. King Street.

  • Admission is free and space is limited.
  • Reservations are suggested!
  • Please send an email to info@hawaii2050.org or call (808) 585-7931 x101 and indicate the number of seats and which meeting you plan to attend.

For more information, see their website at

www.hawaii2050.org, or call

(808) 585-7931 x104 for details.

Bob Schacht

October 25, 2006

Della Au Bellati endorsement?

When I got home from work today, on my answering machine I found a ringing endorsement of Della in the unmistakable voice of Sen. Daniel Inouye, although the beginning of the message in which he probably identified himself was missing.

We are trying to decide whom to endorse this week, so I told Della that it would help if we could hear from her on a few critical issues. We have a 5-part platform that we call our “S.H.I.P.S.” platform, and my questions to her were based on this platform.

“S”: Stop the War!
While State legislators can’t vote directly on the war, there are issues that do come up. Would you support legislation calling for the return of the Hawaii National Guard posted overseas to Hawaii, and the resistance to any future deployments of our Hawaii National Guard outside the state?

ABSOLUTELY!!!!! We have so many potential needs here in Hawaii, but my understanding is that our National Guard participation is among the highest in the nation.

[Bob]”H”: Health Care for All.
In recent years, there has been some legislation in Hawaii in support of comprehensive, affordable health care for everyone. Do you support such legislation?


“I”: Impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney
It is already public knowledge that Vice President Cheney was involved in the “outing” of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, and a number of books have been written outlining the legal grounds for impeachment of President Bush.
While impeachment per se is, of course, the prerogative of the U.S. House, there is a historic method, based on the “Thomas Jefferson Handbook,” for state legislators to demand that the U.S. House initiate impeachment proceedings. Would you support such an action by the Hawaii Legislature?

I would need to think a little bit more about this, but I certainly think this administration has a lot to answer for, not just to Americans but to the world.

“P”: Public Funding of Elections
I recall that you have signed the “Clean Elections” pledge and
favor public funding of elections. Do I understand this correctly?

Yes – I would like to explore ways that we can make Voter Owned Elections more sustainable.

What do you mean by “sustainable?”

The fear/criticism with publicly funded elections is the mechanism where publicly funded candidates get matching funds to their non-publicly funded candidates which can run up the bill to an unknown amount. We, collectively, need to think of mechanisms and maybe marketing strategies to get around these criticisms. We need to find a funding source (maybe unclaimed property?) that can provide revenue source. And maybe part of the solution is outside of the legislative realm, we need to find brave politicians, like Harry Kim and his $10 donation acceptance, who are wiiling to go with public funding (providing that the public funds will allow them to run a competitive campaign) and show others that with hard work it is possible.

“S”: Sustainable environment
Hawaii has some very special ecological concerns for a sustainable environment. What is your position on these issues?

We need to protect our environment, not just in the present but for future needs. Clearly, we need to ensure any development we engage in is sustainable and does not endanger our natural resources.
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I think Della has run a really good campaign. She has some of the qualities of a good politician, in the best sense of the word: She’s a good listener, and can remember names, faces and concerns. Her positions on our platform indicate to me that she is worthy of our endorsement.

Bob Schacht

October 18, 2006

Green Power

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment — rachel @ 8:32 am

The Advertiser today has a great opinion piece about how the recent power failure after the earthquake should encourage us to move more quickly toward renewable energy sources. They are right. Do we want to invest in photovoltaics (for example) or in another oil-powered generator? Perhaps HECO should add a surcharge to our electric bills that would be earmarked to go directly to further renewable investment. Yeah, people will yell about their bills increasing, but then maybe that will be incentive for them to increase conservation and/or invest in photovoltaics of their own. I would go further and enact legislation that would require any new developments to incorporate solar water heaters and energy efficient arcitecture at a minimum. We should support implementation of deep seawater air conditioning for all of downtown Honolulu.

We need solid leadership to push toward independence of fossil fuels; let’s focus the anger people have toward HECO right now to encourage alternative energies and support for conservation.

July 7, 2006

Renewable Energy

Filed under: 6Sustainable Environment,SHAPES platform — rachel @ 7:56 am

I was listening to HPR on my way to the PDH general meeting yesterday and they were talking about renewable energy in Hawaii. I missed the beginning of the show, so I am not sure what specific plan they were talking about, but it was still very interesting to hear what they had to say.

One woman called in and asked something to the effect of, “if we were to use all of the technologies available to us today in regards to clean, renewable energy that average citizens as well as native Hawaiians would have little to no objection to… how much of Hawaii’s power demand could we achieve in 10 yrs.” Before the guest had a chance to answer, I was thinking to myself, “All of it!” The answer was, “2 to 100 times the projected demand.”

Wow. So why aren’t we going in that direction? According to the guests it basically has to do with lobbying by the oil industry (including HECO), coupled with the fact that citizens have not demanded it. I don’t want to get into the lobbying aspect right now… but what can WE do to create a groundswell demanding that our state move aggressively toward freedom from fossil fuels. There is so much potential here, there is no excuse!

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