SAMPLE TESTIMONY LETTER
in red with your information)
February __, 2018
TESTIMONY ON SB 2019 SD1 RELATING TO BIOFUEL
Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair
Committee: Committee on Ways and Means
Hearing: "Public Decision Making" on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10AM in Conference Room 211, State Capitol
Chairperson Dela Cruz, Vice-Chair and Members of the Committee,
is in strong SUPPORT of SB 2019 SD1.
With the passing of the Hawaii's Renewable Portfolio Standard, the State has shown its considerable commitment to moving Hawaii beyond fossil fuels. This commitment should now be extended beyond electricity production, to the vital transportation industry.
Senate Bill 2019 SD1 establishes a biofuel content requirement for all on-road transportation fuel sold in Hawaii. Given the magnitude of fossil fuel imported into Hawaii, the most petroleum-dependent state in the nation - and with the majority of Hawaii's fuel consumed by our transportation sector - this would move our State toward its intended transportation renewable energy goals. It is an important step in the fight against climate change.
A biofuel content requirement isn't anything new - similar requirements are already in place in over a dozen states on the mainland, in various blends from 5% to 20%. In Hawaii, a state that was the first in the nation to mandate becoming powered by 100% renewable sources, we are lagging behind in showing support for biofuels! Blending 10% biodiesel into petroleum diesel for on-road diesel engines is an important step towards our 100% renewable goals.
Please pass SB 2019 SD1 that will significantly advance the reduction and eventual elimination of imported fossil fuels, help drive Hawaii to a stronger, more resilient and energy-secure economy, and ensure that Hawaii is doing its part to minimize the negative impacts of greenhouse gas-induced climate change.
Thank you for the opportunity to testify.