future aviation, one of my topics published in The Huffington Post. One reason I was sent to work for the U.S. Senate in 1979 was to develop the hydrogen jetliner. That's the National Aerospace Plane to the right. About terrestrial transport, I've long advocated bio-methanol fuel and the direct methanol fuel cell. But I've been totally unsuccessful at convincing anyone.
- We are not connected to the national grid, so utilities need to be ultra-conservative.
- While we use a third less energy than the national average, we pay more per capita ($5608 versus $4319).
- While petroleum to generate electricity for the nation at large is 1%, Hawaii uses 77%!
- Coal dominates world electricity production (above).
- Thus, while during the past couple of decades our electricity costs were 300% higher than the national average, this is now down to around 250% (30 cents/kWh versus 12.4 cents/kWh).
- Yet, people here particularly complain that we pay 15% more for gasoline than the national average. No doubt this has something to do with the fact that we actually spend money to fill our gas tank, but hardly see the electricity bill, for many have their bank account automatically absorb this bill.
- Aviation, ground travel and electricity production each uses about 28% of the oil consumed.
- Hawaii's economy should now be strong, as the price of oil has dropped by a factor of two.
- However, if the future expected spike occurs, politically or from Peak Oil, we are doubly vulnerable, for air costs will skyrocket, tourism will suffer, and the State could well be that canary in coal mine.