This is about 9 miles from where I live, and maybe a mile from my son's place:http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/big-island-biodiesel-opens.html“This is a commitment to renewable; this is a commitment to alternative; this is a commitment to energy itself and its role as a central feature of whether we can survive as a democracy in these Hawaiian islands,” (Gov. Neil) Abercrombie said, and tied the plant into the larger theme of self-sufficiency in Hawaii.
Others picked up on the same theme. (U.S. Sen. Daniel K.) Inouye reminded the gathered audience about the oil shocks of the 1970s.
“We spent billions of dollars. Billions,” he said. “We vowed that this would never happen again. We spent millions in Hawaii, for example, on geothermal … and ocean thermal conversion.
“But then the prices came down. Well, we said, what? Everything’s fine now. So we forgot about the development of renewables, alternatives and such.
“I hope you listen to the governor’s words, and never blink now,” Inouye said to applause. “It would be a crime to go through all of this and then some day later say, well, we don’t need this any more because energy is cheap. No, please, don’t blink. This time, let’s go all the way.”
I've given up on waiting for other people to get it. Now, I'm waiting for it to get them.