Hawai‘i wasn’t alone. The report
showed that 28 states more than doubled their carbon dioxide
emissions between 1960 and 2001.
When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you do is stop
digging,” said U.S. PIRG field organizer, Christopher Clair. “To
protect future generations from the effects of global warming,
we need to stop this trend of increasing pollution.”
To reduce these emissions, California Representative Henry Waxman
introduced the Safe Climate Act this summer.
According to Waxman, “PIRG’s report shows state-by-state
how the problem has been growing for decades. Now is the time
to heed the scientists and start healing the climate.
The Safe Climate Act will dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse
gases to the levels needed to avoid dangerous global warming. ” The
plan is to replace old energy sources with new ones.
The Safe Climate Act requires the U.S. to reduce its global warming
pollution 15 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The bill
calls for improved energy efficiency and a greater reliance on
clean, renewable energy sources.
Hawai‘i is too small to have emissions as high as they
have been,” said HPU student Cassie Furuichi. “If
this bill or some other measures are not taken, you have to wonder
what will happen to us.”
The PIRGs have worked to pass this bill by raising funds to generate
public support for the bill and pass it in the House and Senate.
The Honolulu PIRG, along with 60 other offices across the country,
will raise funds by doing door-to-door and street canvassing.
This fall, look for U.S. PIRG canvassers on campus.