Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"As a senior member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Akaka is a leader in renewable and alternative energy sources. His energy initiatives focus on using cleaner and more efficient sources of fuel for the future to alleviate America's and Hawaii's dependence on foreign oil. He is an advocate for dealing with the consequences of greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide accumulation, and has consistently supported the exploration and identification of methane hydrates, a natural gas, as alternative source of fuel.
Senator Akaka introduced the Hydrogen Future Act, and he is committed to pursuing hydrogen legislation to reauthorize programs that will help the nation move away from dependence on foreign oil. Senator Akaka is a founding member of the Senate Hydrogen Caucus, formed in 2004, dedicated to increasing the visibility and knowledge of the hydrogen economy.
Senator Akaka believes that renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel will be beneficial in reducing noxious emissions and demand for petroleum-based fuels. Senator Akaka has worked to ensure that Hawaii can take advantage of ethanol as an alternative fuel. He is committed to ensuring that the biofuels industry receive tax credits and fiscal incentives necessary to mobilize capital and worked to ensure that tax credits were renewed and extended in 2004.
Senator Akaka's participation as a conferee on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 resulted in authorizations for a $36 million demonstration project for ethanol from sugar cane and a loan guarantee program for sugar cane-to-ethanol providing $50 million per project."
"Issues: Energy," www.akaka.senate.gov (accessed July 2, 2009)
Experts Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
United States Senator (D-HI), 1990-2013
Chairman, Veteran's Affairs Committee, US Senate
Chairman, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, US Senate
Member: Armed Services Committee, Indian Affairs Committee, and Banking, Housing and Urban Affaris Committee
Member, United States House of Representatives, 1976-1990
Director, State of Hawaii, Progressive Neighborhoods Program, 1975-1976
Special Assistant, Human Resources, Office of the Governor, 1975-1976
Director, State of Hawaii, Office of Economic Opportunity, 1971-1974
Chief Program Planner, State of Hawaii, Department of Education, 1969-1971
Principal, State of Hawaii Department of Education, 1963-1968
Vice Principal, State of Hawaii Department of Education, 1960-1963
Teacher, State of Hawaii Department of Education, 1953-1960
First Mate, Schooner Morning Star, 1948
United States Army Corps of Engineers (including service on Saipan and Tinian), 1945-1947
Welder-Mechanic, United States Army Corps of Engineers, 1943-1944
Welder, Hawaiian Electric Company, 1942
ME (Master of Education), University of Hawaii, 1966
Professional Certificate, School Administration, University of Hawaii, 1961
Professional Certificate, Secondary Education, University of Hawaii, 1953
BA, Education, University of Hawaii, 1952
First Native Hawaiian elected to US Congress and the first Native Hawaiian elected to the US Senate
Member of the Kawaiaha`o Church where he served as choir director since 1992