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Senate to consider ferry and green fuel

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Hawaii lawmakers are exploring green fuel and a potential Oahu ferry route in the upcoming week at the Legislature.

On Wednesday two Senate committees will take up a resolution asking the state to study a potential ferry between Aloha Tower and Sand Island on Oahu. The resolution, introduced by state Sen. Karl Rhoads, says a ferry could ease traffic for workers commuting to Sand Island using its one access road and encourage tourists to visit Sand Island’s waterfront park.

Mostly frequented by locals, the beach park is accessible after driving through a large industrial area.

Also on Wednesday, two Senate committees will consider a resolution urging the state to develop a program to develop green fuels such as biodiesel made from vegetable oil or animal fat while increasing local food production. Gov. David Ige has stated a goal of doubling local food production, and the resolution, introduced by state Sen. Lorraine Inouye, aims to combine those goals.

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