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Buffer Zones: Protecting Paradise From Restricted Use Pesticides

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View article as it appears in Civil Beat at: Buffer Zones: Protecting Paradise From Restricted Use Pesticides By Rep. Cynthia Thielen March 9, 2015 There have been over 7,000 studies on Atrazine and even Syngenta representative, Mark Phillipson, could not answer whether or not the pesticide is safe. Atrazine, like other restricted use pesticides (RUP) […]

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Hard Questions for HECO

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Rep. Cynthia Thielen questions testifiers from Hawaiian Electric regarding the need for more funding through special revenue bonds on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. View it all here.

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The Azura Has Arrived: An Advancement for Hawaiian Renewable Energy

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Walking along our Windward beaches, I never cease to be amazed by the unbridled power of our tides and waves.   As most of you know, I have long been an enthusiastic supporter of energy produced by our oceans, and am thrilled that the next chapter for wave energy is now opening up in Hawai‘i! This […]

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Important Strides Being Made to Boost Hawaiian Food Security

Hawaii agriculture is ripe for change. The large majority of our farmers are well into their 60s and since the 1980s we have reduced our number of farmers by 2/3rds. We currently import nearly 90% of our food which compromises our food security and degrades the nutritional integrity of what we eat. It’s time to […]

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2015 the Year of Hope for Hemp

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Last week, a constituent shared with me a very special February 1938 issue of Popular Mechanics. Inside the tan pages and tattered edges, along with other articles on the cutting edge technologies of its time, is an article on Hemp, the New Billion Dollar Crop. With new technologies, it was highly profitable to move ahead […]

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Storage is Key to Hawaii’s Energy Independence

The Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Expo and Conference in San Jose was the largest gathering of energy storage leaders, government officials and utilities addressing grid-connected energy storage. I was one of the invited keynote panelists, along with PUC Commissioner Lorraine Akiba, Hawaiian Electric VP Colton Ching, and moderator, Leslie Cole Brooks, Executive Director of […]

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