Hawaii Contingent at the Peak Oil Conference

Richard Ha writes:

The most important thing
about this year’s Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) conference was
that we had a whole Hawai‘i contingent. I believe we made the point that
Hawai‘i is serious.

Neil Hannahs, Senior Assets Manager for Kamehameha Schools (KS), is a
visionary. Any thought about Kamehameha Schools being a slow-moving institution
mired in inertia is not true in this area. In fact, KS is making major changes
across a wide front.

I was especially pleased
that Giorgio Calderone, Regional Asset Manager for KS, pointed out how
impressive the academic rigour of the conference presentations was. I thought
so too, and it was good to hear confirmation.

Big Island Community
Coalition steering committee member Noe Kalipi is a smart, action-oriented
young leader who knows what is going on. I cannot be happier that she made the
decision to attend on her own. 


Noe Kalipi and Giorgio Calderone. Not pictured: Jason Jeremiah, Kamehameha Schools Cultural Resource Manager.

I attended the first
annual ASPO conference because my farm costs were rising, due to oil. I wanted
to learn about oil so we could position our farm for the future. It was a
matter of survival.

But by the second ASPO
conference, it was apparent that this situation was bigger than me or Hamakua
Springs farm. I learned that for the past 30 years, the world had been using
two to three times as much oil as it had been finding—and there were going to
be consequences.

More than just being
talkers, we need to be doers. What can we do?

  1. There are a thousand
    reasons why no can. We must find the one reason why CAN!
  2. It is about cost! We need
    to find the lowest-cost, proven technology, environmentally responsible
    solution to our problem.
  3. It is about all of us—not
    just a few of us.
  4. The energy our society
    has available to use is what’s left over after energy is used to obtain the
    energy in the first place. Another way to phrase this: the net energy left over
    from the effort to get energy, minus the energy to get our food, equals our
  5. The Big Island Community
    Coalition’s goal – of lowering the Big Island’s electricity rates so they are lowest
    in the state – accomplishes our mission. This is the most important thing
    we can do.

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