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NextEra has received almost $2 billion in federal subsidies

March 31st, 2015 · 1 Comment

A new report by Good Jobs First has tracked federal subsidies to U.S. corporations since 2000. Six parent companies have received $1 billion or more in federal grants and allocated tax credits (those awarded to specific companies) since 2000; 21 have received $500 million or more; and 98 have received $100 million or more. A […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Energy · Politics

Bits & pieces to start the week

March 30th, 2015 · 3 Comments

I’ve wondered for some time when and how property insurers are going to start taking sea level rise into account when dealing with oceanfront properties. So I was interested when I saw a recent entry on Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment (“Climate Change: Can the Insurance Industry be saved from Bankruptcy?”). It featured the video […]

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Tags: Business · Campaigns · environment · Politics

Are trees important?

March 16th, 2015 · 10 Comments

A sharp-eyed reader directed my attention to an interesting set of minutes from the January 2015 meeting of the Aloha Arborist Association. These are your tree professionals, those with a passion and respect for the role that trees play in our lives. Their top goals, according to the group’s website: • Promote and improve the […]

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Tags: Business · environment · Politics

Honolulu zoning chair comes out against Malaekahana development

February 22nd, 2015 · 10 Comments

The Star-Advertiser reports today that Honolulu City Council member Ikaika Anderson has come out squarely opposed to urban development of Malaekahana, and his assessment is spot on (“Councilman challenges large-scale Laie project“). As chairman of the council’s zoning committee, Anderson’s views carry significant weight. His comments come as the council grapples with Bill 47 (2013) […]

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Are Maui tour operators ignoring federal whale watching rules?

February 20th, 2015 · 10 Comments

My wife’s sister and her husband are on Maui this week. Yesterday they sent this text: The whale watch was fantastic! A few came about 15′ from our pontoon boat (close to the water). And lots of other close by activity too. So they had a great tine. But compare that to what the Hawaiian […]

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Tags: Business · environment · Travel