13 Jun '18, 11am

Why Hawaii's carbon neutrality pledge matters

Depending on where you sit, Hawaii’s latest climate aspirational declaration that as of yet has no clear path forward — to become carbon neutral by 2045 — may seem either preposterous or prescient. But whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic about the outcome, the action sends a clear signal to both consumers and businesses: Hawaii is serious about decarbonizing, and in a way that doesn’t penalize the local economy. Central to that will be an as-yet-undefined carbon offset program that will explore the most effective ways the Aloha State can sequester emissions — the current conversation centers on planting trees and engaging the agricultural sector. But a working group that includes representatives from a broad cross-section of industries is working on more specific ideas. “I think everyone we’ve talked to believes we can do this as a state, and in doing it we will open ...

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