Public encouraged to comment on PEIS before Oct. 9 deadline

| October 3, 2012 | 12 Comments

The view of a potential windmill project on Molokai’s West End as seen from Papohaku Beach. This rendition is based on the most recent plans of Pattern Energy, the preferred developer of Molokai Ranch. The current Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement will determine the feasibility of this, and other, renewable energy alternatives for Hawaii. All comments must be submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Energy by Oct. 9.


Now is the time to tell government what you want

I Aloha Molokai News Release

From now until Oct. 9 Hawaii residents have a unique chance to tell the federal government what kind of energy projects we want on our islands. This is the Hawaii Clean Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, or PEIS.

In plain English, this means the feds are writing guidelines based on input from all of us. The more questions we ask, the more comments we make, the more our state will have to plan ahead, protect our resources and scenery, and pick projects we might be able to afford.

This is our chance to discuss the potential impact of giant wind turbines on the West End. It’s also a chance to say what kind of energy projects might be appropriate for Molokai.

But this PEIS is very broad. We can raise questions about conservation. For example, why doesn’t Oahu turn up the thermostats, install rooftop solar and build bike paths? We can raise questions about fairness. For example, why are poor communities being bulldozed and taxed for the benefit of the wealthy? We can ask questions about technology. For example, How can HECO integrate more wind power into the grid, when it can’t even allow more than 15 percent of ratepayers to convert to solar? We can raise questions about our environment. For example, What will electric cables lying on and blasted through our reef do to our fishing grounds? We can raise questions about health and safety. For example, won’t giant turbines force the evacuation of Maunaloa? Won’t they pose an aviation hazard?

The point is to raise every concern about future projects now and push the state towards common sense. “No action” is also a possibility; if enough concerns are raised, the feds can tell the state, “forget it.”

Everyone concerned with the future of Hawaii needs to comment. You can find out how on the PEIS website, hawaiicleanenergypeis.com. You can also view examples of previous comments. Go to “EIS documents” and click on “previous scoping comments.” Any concern you have is valid. Just be sure each comment includes a question. Every question has to be answered and we will get another chance to review the answers.

Don’t put this off! Do it today! The deadline for comments is Oct. 9. If you are unsure how to begin, contact IAM at ialohamolokai.com, or call Elaine Callinan at 553- 5720, or call (202) 506-9771 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you. Mahalo.

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  1. WINDMILLS AND MONSANTO ARE BOTH BAD FOR THIS ISLAND SO BOTH GROUPS SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER FOR SOLUTION TO CREATE JOBS FOR OUR PROPLE TO REPLACE THESE ISSUES.

    WINDMILLS AT LAAU ARE JUST AS BAD AS THE 200 LOTS THAT THE RANCH WANTED TO DEVELOPE.

    AND CREATING POWER FOR OAHU IS NOT AN OPTION. OAHU NEEDS TO CREATE THEIR OWN ISLAND FOR THEIR OWN POWER FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.

    MY QUESTION IS: WITH MONSANTO HAVING FARMIMG LAND ALL OVER THE ISLAND, FARMS THAT ARE GROWING ORGANIC PRODUCE; CAN ORGANIC PRODUCTS BE AFFECTED BY THE SPRAYS THAT MONSANTO USES ON THEIR CROPS, SPRAYS DRIFT? AN EXAMPLE IS KUMU FARMS IS SURROUNDED BY MONSANTO AT THE AG PARK AND AT COFFEES OF HAWAII?

    BOTTEM LINE PEOPLE NEED JOBS TO MAKE A LIVING IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE NEED SOLUTIONS TO THESE ISSUES THAT ARE OPPOSED IN THIS COMMUNITY.

    • Mercy Ritte says:

      never mind the crops that are affected by the pesticides ,what about the people who live around these fields.ARE WE GOING TO JUSTIFY POISONING PEOPLE BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL MAKE $$$$.ARE WE THAT FAR GONE .SHAME ON MONSANTO.THE SOLUTION IS STOP SPRAYING CHEMICALS THAT ARE DETRIMENTAL TO THE LAND, WATER,AIR AND PEOPLE.YOU WANT TO CREATE JOBS HIRE MORE WORKERS TO PULL THE WEEDS INSTEAD OF SPRAYING POISONS.

      • All of it matters, growing crops for people to eat and all living life are affected by insecticide and pesticide sprays?

        What plans do you have if Monsanto pulled out of Molokai for all of the employees and their families to replace their income so they can support their families? Do you have a plan of solutions?

  2. Mercy Ritte says:

    ABOVE POSTED BY UA

  3. Mercy Ritte says:

    the plan is find a job that dont put peoples health at great risk..do you live next to the fields?i do.i did my HOMEWORK on monsanto and there chemicals..russia and france just banned gmo imports after a independent study showed rats that were exposed to monsantos herbicide Round UP or maze corn developed TUMORS in less than 2 years…take some responsibilty and find a JOB that doesnt put innocent non workers and kids at risk..if making $$$ justifies doing bad things then lets just have prostitution and casinos,lets take all the weak and open a human trafficking ring..lets make and sell batu…alot of$$$ to be made there.what monsanto does is no differrent than these things..innocent people get hurt ,not so innocent people make$$$ .if you cant make $$$ without hurting people than too bad..take a hike…i pity the workers at the animal hospital ,they eat pesticides every day…i wonder if people would care more if it was cats and dogs getting sick and not humans.POSTED BY UA

    • Stop Monsanto From Poisoning Hawai’i: Genetic Engineering Chemical Warfare
      Have you watchedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZgrOFjhzdg this video:
      I am not disagreeing with you, what are your solutions, do you have a plan that you can share with the community. We all know Monsanto is not good but being responsible would be to have a plan that would displace Monsanto with another industry that would have jobs for our people in the community. It is rough road…

  4. Mercy Ritte says:

    my plan is ..if they dont stop spraying chemicals then they can pack it up and go back to anniston ala.stop the spraying then we make a plan.

  5. kikkoman says:

    My plan is to smoke some more dope and eat poptarts.
    POSTED BY UA

  6. Mercy Ritte says:

    above posted by ua.keep forgeting to sing in with my account.

  7. Mercy Ritte says:

    i apologize for insulting you kikkoman…my words were typed in haste..now that i look at it ,your comment was funny as hell ..hemowai worthy…i look forward to matching “cut downs” with you in the future.Ua

    • steve says:

      bradda ua, that ‘poptarts’ comment was funny as hell, but your concern for your kids and family ain’t no joking matter.

      with you on that one.

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