Hawaii’s representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives are marking Earth Day this Wednesday in different but complementary ways.
The 1st Congressional District’s Mark Takai released a video message and the introduction of legislation along with Reps. Jared Huffman of California and Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia that they say “will transform the U.S. Postal Service fleet into a global leader in efficiency and innovation.”
All are Democrats. Takai has this to say about the Federal Leadership in Energy Efficient Transportation (FLEET) Act:
“While there has been great work accomplished nationwide, there is still much more that can be done to protect our environment. The legislation introduced today will help to modernize the USPS, greatly reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency standards of the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleet. In addition, the bill would also save the USPS hundreds of millions of dollars in annual fuel and maintenance costs.”
Meanwhile, our 2nd Congressional District’s Tulsi Gabbard says she’s happy with Tuesday’s announcement by the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to recognize a “collaborative landscape partnerships” that will protect coastal reefs in West Hawaii, West Maui and Heeia. Says Gabbard:
“It is Earth Day today — a reminder for all of us think about how we can take action to protect our aina, being inspired by our state motto — Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness). Protecting our environment is not just a policy discussion; it is a way life, embedded in the fabric of our culture and society.”