HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.R. NO.

181

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 


HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

 

supporting the suspension of ethanol gas requirements in hawaii until hawaii-grown ethanol is available.

 

 

 


WHEREAS, ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, is a renewable fuel often produced from agricultural feedstock such as corn, although other grains like wheat or barley can also be used; and

 

WHEREAS, the use of ethanol as a fuel has various environmental benefits such as reductions in pollution, smog-forming emissions, and greenhouse gases; and

 

WHEREAS, although ethanol offers these environmental benefits, there are some drawbacks to its use as a fuel source; and

 

WHEREAS, some of these drawbacks include higher production costs that increase consumer costs, the lower energy availability in ethanol relative to gasoline, and the effects on the global food market of producing fuel from food sources; and

 

WHEREAS, in the past year, the price of grain on the global market has increased by 83 percent; and

 

WHEREAS, according to the Los Angeles Times, the World Food Program of the United Nations has been hit so hard by these skyrocketing grain prices that it may cut off food aid to some of the world's poorest countries even as global starvation worsens; and

 

WHEREAS, using food to create fuel is also creating higher food prices for Americans; and

 

WHEREAS, it takes the same amount of corn, one of the major food sources being used to produce ethanol, to feed one person for an entire year, as it does to make enough ethanol for one tank of gasoline; and

 

WHEREAS, Hawaii passed Act 257 in 1997, requiring that gasoline sold within the state contain ten percent ethanol by volume as an environmental initiative and to stimulate local ethanol production, as well as the economy; and

 

WHEREAS, some research indicates that making ethanol from cellulosic materials, such as switchgrass and sugarcane, is a better alternative than grain-based ethanol, saves more petroleum, reduces a greater amount of greenhouse gas emissions, and may be more environmentally friendly; and

 

WHEREAS, to date, no ethanol production facility has been built in Hawaii and ethanol for use in Hawaii is shipped into our state; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2009, that this body supports the suspension of ethanol gas requirements in Hawaii until such time that a locally grown supply of biofuel is available and ethanol is able to be produced within the state; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this body supports the exemption of aircraft and two-stroke engines from ethanol requirements; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this body further supports the creation of tax incentives for the modification of existing, locally owned sugar plantations into ethanol production facilities, creating quality jobs for Hawaii's working families; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to Hawaii's Congressional delegation.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Supporting the suspension of ethanol gas requirements in Hawaii until Hawaii grown ethanol is available.