H.R. NO.













Requesting the United States Congress to pass legislation that promotes jobs and innovative energy development, heightens national energy and economic security, positions the United States to be an international leader in the field of clean energy, and addresses the consequences of climate change without preempting states' rights to control emissions and to promote renewable energy.




WHEREAS, the United States currently spends approximately $1,000,000,000 a day to import oil, and by 2030, the United States Department of Energy estimates, that without comprehensive clean energy legislation, the country's reliance on foreign oil could cost $8,500,000,000,000; and


WHEREAS, under the United States' current energy policy, American wealth is being transferred to nations that are rich with oil; however, many of those nations are politically unstable or unfriendly to the United States; and


WHEREAS, the effects of climate change increases political and social instability in poorer regions of the world, thus presenting potential security challenges for the United States; and


WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are growing at a rate of two hundred fifty per cent faster than the rest of the economy; and


WHEREAS, the United States Energy Information Administration projects clean energy job growth of up to two million new jobs resulting from comprehensive clean energy legislation; and


WHEREAS, without comprehensive clean energy legislation, America will face significant global competition for clean energy development that could weaken the United States economy and threaten American innovation; and


WHEREAS, thousands of businesses have joined together to call for comprehensive federal clean energy legislation including, among others, members of the United States Climate Action Group and the Clean Economy Network; and


WHEREAS, over the past two decades, in the absence of comprehensive federal clean energy legislation, the states have become the true "laboratories of democracy" by advancing clean energy policies; and


WHEREAS, many states have adopted renewable energy standards and goals that require a significant percentage of a state's electricity to be generated from non-fossil fuel renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, wave, hydropower, biomass, and biofuels, which have led to significant job growth in the clean energy sector of the national economy; and


WHEREAS, in 2008, Hawaii adopted the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative which supports and encourages the rapid development of renewable energy; and


WHEREAS, wave energy is a potent and readily available form of clean energy for Hawaii that has an immense amount of power potential to supply clean, emission-free, baseload electricity; and


WHEREAS, the generation of electricity through the use of renewable energy presents opportunities to promote energy self-sufficiency, create jobs and economic benefits, preserve natural resources, and improve the environment; and


WHEREAS, the United States' dependence on fossil fuels weakens the nation's economy, threatens its national security, and creates negative impacts on the environment; and


WHEREAS, high oil prices reduce the purchasing power of American consumers, spur inflation, and boost the prices of basic goods and services; and


WHEREAS, studies show that a majority of voters see climate change as a real, immediate, and serious threat; believe that efforts to reduce greenhouse gases will create jobs; favor action to reduce carbon emissions; and support the key elements of the American Clean Energy and Security Act; and


WHEREAS, a national statutory framework for clean energy will provide a predictable regulatory framework that will spur innovation and discovery in the clean energy sector; and


WHEREAS, in the absence of congressional action, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced its intention to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through administrative rules rather than legislation; and


WHEREAS, the United States House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act on June 26, 2009, on a bipartisan vote, and bipartisan members of the United States Senate are currently considering and drafting the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act; and


WHEREAS, Congress has the historic opportunity to enact comprehensive clean energy jobs and climate legislation that will strengthen our national security, create clean energy jobs, and reduce pollution; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2010, that the United States Congress is urged to pass comprehensive clean energy, jobs, and climate change legislation; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Congress is urged to include in legislation:


     (1)  A unified framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions;


     (2)  Protection for low and moderate income Americans from increased energy costs;


     (3)  Substantial investments in energy efficiency; and


     (4)  Support for alternative sources of energy including wind, solar, wave, hydroelectricity, and bio-fuels; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Congress is urged to pass national clean energy and climate change legislation that does not preempt state legislative efforts to control carbon emissions and to advance clean energy innovations; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the members of Hawaii's congressional delegation.









Report Title: 

Congress; Renewable Energy