Food, fuel, fiber - Editorials

Food, fuel, fiber - Editorials

There are 16 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 29, 2009, titled Food, fuel, fiber - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Sustainable biofuels could provide Hawaii with enough fuel, food and fiber to significantly reduce our dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuel and imported food.

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John W Bienko

Ottawa, Canada

#1 Mar 29, 2009
The concept of diverting agricultural land to the production of biofuels is ethically irresponsible.
Humans throughout the world, including many residents in Hawai`i. DO NOT have sufficient food supply.
The goal should be to increase food production and the quality of the food.
When that objective has been realized then some research could be undertaken to explore the costs/benefits of biofuel production.
doctordoctor

Marshfield, MO

#2 Mar 29, 2009
oh great, another government program. if such energy was competitive, the private sector would be jumping on it like flies to dog dung. reality is world awash in oil and coal already. solar is quickly coming up the rear. biomass residuals from agricultural operations makes sense but not as a primary fuel source. guess the younger generation has not been taught economics.
No Fluff Please

Honolulu, HI

#3 Mar 29, 2009
Biofuel costs too much, all in all, and would go the route of other hulking "experiments" such as biofuel, that taxpayers have already subsidized. As someone above said, "The goal should be to increase food production and the quality of the food." Being energy dependent in the future would be great, but it won't be with biofuel. Solar and wind are less labor intensive, cleaner and cheaper. But what's ESSENTIAL in Hawaii is growing more of our own food and making sure it's healthy.
Bongo

San Antonio, TX

#4 Mar 29, 2009
That's why algae produced biodiesel is the clear winner. I doesn't compete for food producing ag land or water, and as a byproduct produces protein that can be used as food for fish farms. This is a perfect solution for Hawaii.
StateTaxPayer

AOL

#5 Mar 29, 2009
This time Hawaii better do its homework. Biofuel is costly because it takes a lot of fertilizer to grow these crops. Fertilizer is made from, guess what, oil! I bet Hawaii taxes this business to death, and yet another business will go bankrupt. Who in their right mind would want to start a business in Hawaii? LOL
gimme a break

Kaneohe, HI

#6 Mar 29, 2009
Mr. Datta - for someone who can't seem to hold a steady job you sure got a lot of numbers crunched here to make it seem that biofueling is the saviour of all our ills. From saying that all the islands could be powered with wind and sun, and now to growing enough fuel to power all our vehicles, you sure like living in dreamland. Too bad you aren't capable of steady employment, or are you now going to become a farmer and grow all the fuel we need? Too bad there isn't enough land to do so, something you convienently gloss over, like usual.
Tutu

Haiku, HI

#7 Mar 29, 2009
We could power all the islands with the hot winds that blow out of mainland scammers.

One thing is true: Oil supplies are not going to last for another 100 years. It is all going to be almost *gone* in our lifetime.

We need to plan sensibly now, before hysteria kicks in and everyone is ready to sell their babies to fuel their cars.

We have some options:
- lay back and get screwed by every get-rich scammer who can exploit our vulnerable situation
- sell Hawaii to the highest bidders and become property of the elite
- mass migration to Las Vegas
OR:
- start solving our problems ourselves: grow our own food, make our own jobs, help each other, live and work in our own neighborhoods, stop commuting, put highway money into neighborhood energy stations, increase high tech communication solutions, create energy solutions in small-scale projects that are locally owned and controlled, increase education and support for local entrepreneurs and inventors ... brainstorm together!

We need to stop selling our souls (and land) to big money and military. We need to recognize scams before they pull our life-support out from under us.

Since: Mar 09

Hilo, HI

#8 Mar 29, 2009
Where's the outrage at a lack of an Environmental Impact Statement for conversion of Hawaii's arable land to biofuel production? For conversion of Hawaii's efficient food production resources to inefficient fuel production? For wasting taxpayer resources to subsidize corporate farming that buys your legislatures to protect their inefficient gravy train 'green' dreams (green for the shoveful of dollars they'll move from your pockets to their bank accounts). "Green" is the new "Greed"; when they start pitching it, be sure you know why.
Island Boi

Honolulu, HI

#9 Mar 29, 2009
Biofuel will do little for HI.Far easier to increase efficiency by moving more to solar & wind power, LED lighting to replace CFLs and other proven concepts. Remember the corn biofuel fiasco of the past years, no need to repeat the mistakes of history.
National Enquirer

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#10 Mar 29, 2009
:)
bethechangeyouse ek

Honolulu, HI

#11 Mar 29, 2009
there are enough invasive species on each island to power fiber-based biofuel conversion for a long time to come. bamboo, koa haloe, christmasberry, strawberry guava, kahili ginger, fountain grass. provide training to any interested in how to harvest without further damaging the forest. pay for it by the ton at fuel conversion centers (like bottle recycling). quadro-bennies. local source of income for anyone who wants to work; reduces the spread of invasive species in our watersheds; a plentiful source of biofuel already in existence; and no prime ag land required so we can focus on growing food for local consumption.
Tutu

Haiku, HI

#12 Mar 29, 2009
bethechangeyouseek wrote:
there are enough invasive species on each island to power fiber-based biofuel conversion for a long time to come...
Yes, if you are talking about 'cottage industries' in our neighborhoods. The State only supports BIG, multi-corporate ventures that will require plowing over acres of prime ag land that we could use for food.

Look at our State leaders -- they can't even imagine promoting community solar/wind stations that could be run by the neighborhoods themselves! They think these things can only be done by "experts" (big money scammers)in BIG, State-funded projects (money in the political pockets).
Photovoltaic

Honolulu, HI

#13 Mar 29, 2009
The future is in the great nuclear reactor of our universe,THE SUN. With PV electricity on the roof and a electric car in the garage, the local gas station will become obsolete.
Label GMO

Honolulu, HI

#14 Mar 29, 2009
Hawai imports too much food. If shipping stops, the store shelves would empty in a matter of days. Hawaii needs to use AG land to grow food Hawaii residents can eat. Not GMO biofuel crops the scientist or workers don't even eat themselves. Using AG land to grow anything but food we can eat is a waste of AG land.
Russ Finley

Seattle, WA

#15 Mar 30, 2009
From the comments it appears that the public in no longer buying the biofuel PR talking points. The biofuel boondoggle has finally been exposed for what it really is. Time to start voting out the politicians who allowed the lobbyists to use tax payer's money to create this trojan horse. Here's a compilation of some of the recent science shining a light on today's biofuels:

http://home.comcast.net/~russ676/biodiesel/pa...
Seeker

Honolulu, HI

#16 Mar 31, 2009
bethechangeyouseek wrote:
there are enough invasive species on each island to power fiber-based biofuel conversion for a long time to come. bamboo, koa haloe, christmasberry, strawberry guava, kahili ginger, fountain grass. provide training to any interested in how to harvest without further damaging the forest. pay for it by the ton at fuel conversion centers (like bottle recycling). quadro-bennies. local source of income for anyone who wants to work; reduces the spread of invasive species in our watersheds; a plentiful source of biofuel already in existence; and no prime ag land required so we can focus on growing food for local consumption.
Couldn't we chop down the invasive species and burn it as garbage for energy?

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