Kauai Energy Sustainability
Sustainability is a hot topic on Kauai these days with efforts to wean our island from oil as an energy source. A $200,000 contract is in place with a local consultant for ideas on how to do that. Clearly this is a complex topic and not one easily solved. Some ideas and issues:
The energy sustainability consultant recently recommended a 50 cent gas tax increase. With Hawaii already having the highest gas prices in the nation, it's understandable that this was met with redicule by politicians & residents alike. Compounding the problem is limited alternative transportation with buses that don't run on Sundays and are very limited on other days.
Some individuals are wanting to install windmills to generate energy. However the permitting process is very difficult due to needing a special permit to exceed island height restrictions. The county coucil recently rejected a bill intended to streamline the process.
Other ideas floated by individuals including capping the number of cars (a new one not allowed on the island without first shipping out an old one) and restricitons on private property rights to forbid transfer of ownership. It may be that ramifications of these "suggestions" were not well thought out.
If only we had some cavemen to show us how to make all this easy...
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