But those are all just plans — plans that won’t go anywhere without cooperation from the Hawaii Legislature.
When I was done with my spiel, the lawyers shared the questions they hoped the media will ask of the candidates:
Both candidates say they’re in favor of clean energy, but where are they on the controversial Big Wind project that would put 400 megawatts of windmills on Molokai and Lanai and send the electricity to Oahu via an undersea cable?
It’s hard to imagine them proposing new taxes while campaigning in this economic climate, but would either of the candidates consider a carbon tax as a way to promote clean energy?
When a candidate says they’re going to increase funding to one department — for example, Neil Abercrombie and the Department of Land and Natural Resources — where does that money come from? Which departments will see cuts?
Which departments do the candidates see as a priority, and which departments are less critical?
What steps will the candidates take to ensure that the pensions and retirement accounts are funded?
What other questions — about land use and the environment or other issues — should Civil Beat try to get answered in advance of the election?
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