The state of Hawaii has an ambition, to get 70% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.
Pfaw! (This, and other moving images of Hawaii from back in the day, are to be found at JaneResture.com.)
When it comes to renewable energy potential, Hawaii is Kuwait. As our most-southerly state Hawaii has the most intense sunshine in America. Its volcanos and trade winds mean the west side of islands like Hawaii itself are literally desert, perfect for solar energy collection.
Then there are the volcanoes themselves. Geothermal energy so close to the ground you can taste it. And those trade winds, both reliable and often fierce. And those ocean currents.
Hawaii is a laboratory we can use to create energy exports, not just sustain a tourist economy.