A long, l-o-o-n-g time ago, a certain social science student was informed by an adviser that one year - two semesters - of a physical science were required to obtain a college degree.
After careful consultation with other poor students, it was determined that freshman geology was an "Easy A," a "Cinch B," a "Falling Down C." To his dismay, our social science student discovered that freshman geology was "D - none of the above."
Despite earnestly shouting out, "It's a rock!" every time the professor held up a sample in the lab portion of the class, our student recorded his first ever "F." To this day he does not know the difference between igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic or Kid rock.
That lack of knowledge, however, does not deter him from reaching one obvious conclusion on Maui:
A combination of geothermal, solar and wind power needs to be developed - and soon - to stabilize our economy.
Geothermal has proved to be a huge success on the Big Island. It needs to be developed carefully - and, respectfully - here on Maui. It makes no sense to live in a state born of magma and ignore that creating source.
More than stabilizing our economy, the development of petroleum-free energy could make us an example to the rest of the world. As such, we could sell the knowledge of the technology we develop to further diversify our economy.
The fluctuation of oil prices - and our current dependence on fossil fuel to run our diesel generators - will make long-term recovery difficult, if not impossible, to sustain. It is hard to develop a budget for a business when you have to figure in a plus or minus 30 percent for your energy bill.
The combination of earth, wind and sun is an obvious solution. All of these gifts of nature are readily available. Let's adopt a "race to the moon" mindset to tackle our ongoing energy problem.
The answer is available - we just have to commit to pursuing it.
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