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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Environment, Energy + Natural Resources

As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands, Representative Hanabusa participates in all matters related to the National Park System, U.S. Forests, public lands, and national monuments.  As a member of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation, Representative Hanabusa is keenly aware of the importance of protecting our environment and being effective stewards of our natural resources.  This kuleana ensures that all Americans can share in the beauty of both Hawaii and our entire country.

During her previous tenure as a member of the House, Representative Hanabusa worked to actively address important environmental and energy issues- steering more than $38 million toward programs and initiatives that protect and preserve the environment. These appropriations provided resources for improvements at Haleakala National Park, fisheries development, coral reef and habitat protection, coastal zone management, native species protection, and tsunami preparedness.  Additionally, as a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, Representative Hanabusa was able to focus on drafting legislation aimed at protecting the environment and developing clean, renewable energy sources. 

As residents of an island state, the people of Hawai‘i understand the importance of clean air and clean water.  Visitors from all over the world travel to our state to enjoy its world-class beaches, hiking trails, and other outdoor recreation.  Local children and families use the ocean for recreational and cultural activities.  Furthermore, the livelihoods of Hawai‘i’s farmers and fishermen depend on clean water.  Representative Hanabusa will continue to strongly advocate for regulations protecting clean water standards and the Clean Water Act, as these are essential in protecting the health of Hawai‘i’s communities, economy, and precious natural resources. 

As we seek to fight the long-term effects of climate change, Representative Hanabusa knows that we need to diversify our energy sources to grow our economy and protect the planet.  Although Hawai‘i remains the most petroleum-dependent state in the nation, it also possesses a uniquely diverse array of alternative energy resources. With the islands’ unparalleled climate and geography, Hawai‘i has the opportunity to be a leader in the development and deployment of solar, wind, wave, geothermal, biofuel, and other sustainable energy sources.  These technologies promise to create thousands of new jobs in new green industries.  Investment in renewable energy technologies must continue in order to protect our state’s beautiful environment and provide for the well-being of its people.