Lawmakers push green energy plans despite Trump's executive order

Published: Mar. 28, 2017 at 7:27 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 2, 2017 at 10:54 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - During a visit to the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at creating jobs and energy independence. Locally, lawmakers are moving forward with proposals to promote clean energy and combat climate change.

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that rolls back environmental and pollution regulations established by his predecessor.

"The action I'm taking today will eliminate federal overreach, restore economic freedom, and allow our companies and our workers to thrive compete and succeed on a level playing field," President Trump said.

In Hawaii, however, proposals aimed at promoting clean energy and combating climate change are still moving ahead.

One proposal requires the state to expand strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

State Representative Chris Lee introduced a bill to support the goal of a transition to clean ground transportation, encouraging all vehicles in Hawaii to use renewable fuel by 2045.

The plan includes a 2025 target for a 5% reduction in fossil fuel consumption for ground transportation.

A benchmark to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations would also be set under the measure.

"I think the transition from a fossil fuel based to a renewable energy economy is going to happen regardless because it's not government regulation that's actually driving that right now," Rep. Chris Lee said.

The proposal calls for a target benchmark of one electric vehicle charging station for every five electric vehicles, or every 30 miles.

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism has concerns about the number of charging stations, and also opposes setting a statutory target of 100% fossil free ground transportation by 2045.

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