Bob Marx contends that investing in alternative energy solutions is one of the best ways to rid our dependence on foreign oil, limit the effect of Wall Street speculators on prices and create jobs in Hawaii.
“Gas prices, now over $5 per gallon on Kauai and parts of Maui, are causing financial hardship on the working people of Hawaii,” Bob Marx, Democratic Congressional Candidate, stated while speaking before a group of supporters Wednesday in Hilo.
“Many of the people in the in rural areas of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and the Big Island must commute long distances and remain in traffic for lengthy periods of time. These working people are simply trying to get to work and paying exorbitant gas prices,” he said.
“Our failed energy policy must be immediately transformed. As your representative in Congress, I will push for massive private and public projects in alternative & renewable energy,” Marx ssid. “We need to explore ideas like those of Wailuku Mayor Arakawa, whose administration is proposing burning landfill trash to produce up to 15 megawatts of Eelectricity.
“We must push the technological envelop and explore all technologies including Geo and Ocean Thermal, Tidal, Wind, Solar, and Biofuels,” Marx added. “The time of big oil interests telling us it’s ‘too expensive’ or ‘a decade away’ must end. Research and Development will provide the next generation with the jobs and opportunities they need to become leaders in renewable energy.”
Groups like Ocean Power Technologies, in partnership with the US Navy, have been testing grid connected “PowerBuoys,” which have clearly demonstrated the potential for wave-generated power. Marx said he strongly supports the program at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
“We should be long past relying on foreign oil for our energy. We will dependent on the whims of oil speculators on Wall Street and Middle East Tycoons until we are energy self-sufficient. Unfortunately, this summer gas prices will likely climb as Iran goes into crisis and the demand in the Far East continues to rise. We cannot continue to link our economic prosperity to the instability of the Middle East produced by relying on foreign oil,” he said.
“As your representative to Congress, I will work tirelessly to bring R&D and new energy jobs to Hawaii,” he said.
Marx is a Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, which represents rural Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and the Big Island.
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