The Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and Ocean Champions are defending U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono’s call for a national renewable energy standard against attacks from former Gov. Linda Lingle, Hirono’s Republican opponent for U.S. Senate.
Lingle, who like the Democrat Hirono is an advocate for renewable energy, has said Hirono’s national standard is an unnecessary federal mandate that shows the congresswoman’s “fundamental lack of knowledge” about energy policy. Hawaii is among 30 states that have already set renewable energy standards.
The environmental groups not only side with Hirono on a national standard, but they also criticize Lingle for her support for expanded domestic oil and natural gas drilling.
“Rather than recycling her party leadership’s tired, Washington talking points on oil drilling, Linda Lingle would be wise to join Mazie Hirono and the people of Hawaii in taking a more responsible and renewable approach to America’s energy future,” Robert Harris, the director of the Sierra Club’s Hawaii chapter, said in a statement.
*Update: Retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle’s campaign manager, said the environmental groups are not giving Lingle the credit she is due for helping to establish the state’s energy goals.
It looks like Mazie Hirono’s campaign has reached that time when they encourage surrogates to ‘say anything’ in order to win. Recent statements by surrogates for the Hirono campaign are made with blatant disregard for the facts and for the organizations’ own history with Governor Lingle.
Despite the fact that these organizations have previously praised Governor Lingle’s Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, now that it is campaign season, the groups have taken political pot shots and ignored the facts.