The OFF Act

This month I introduced legislation to lay down a path toward breaking our national dependence on the fossil fuels that degrade and destroy our environment. The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (H.R. 3671) sets an ambitious goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2035 with an interim benchmark of 80% renewable energy by 2027. It removes the tax giveaways for the oil industry, and provides transition assistance for workers through a Center for Clean Energy and Workforce Development as we move away from a fossil fuel economy to a clean energy economy. My bill also acknowledges the consequences of climate change that already disproportionately affect minority and tribal communities.

Hawai'i has already passed legislation pledging to achieve 100% renewable energy and is already making great progress towards this goal. This was done in no small part due to our geographic vulnerability and need for energy security, as well as the precious environment which makes our state so beautiful and special. Warming oceans have bleached our coral reefs, impacted marine life, and begun to erode our world renowned beaches, flooding roads and high tide and imperiling our fragile infrastructure.

In recognizing the risks posed by continuing our reliance on fossil fuels and moving to address them, Hawai'i has seen a boom in solar energy and other renewable energy sources that allow our citizens greater energy independence while advancing new technologies and creating sustainable jobs for our economy.

The OFF Act is the next step to create a clean energy economy that puts our people and planet before corporate profits. Please add your name as a citizen cosponsor of the OFF Act and commit to 100% renewable energy by 2035.

Imagine a country without oil spills, with pristine water free of trash and pollution. Low income areas and communities of color without the disproportionate effects of respiratory illnesses because of nearby chemical and fossil fuel plants polluting the air. It is not too late to restore and preserve our natural environment, but we must act now.

Natural disasters of increasing scope and frequency have rocked the world over the past several weeks. Atlantic Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, and Maria, flooding in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Nigeria, mudslides in Sierra Leone, and more events have claimed lives, ravaged communities, and wrought billions of dollars in damage that can never fully be repaired. These weather systems will only grow more extreme if we fail to act now.

Sign on as a citizen cosponsor of the OFF Act. Together, we will transform our national energy system to ensure a better future for ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.

Protecting our natural resources, land, and water is something that is near and dear to my heart. Mahalo for your leadership in supporting our clean energy plan, and a clean energy future for our people and our planet.


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