Obama's Blueprint for Energy, Defense Could Mean Jobs in Hawaii


WASHINGTON — Energy and defense were the buzzwords that Hawaii congressional delegates took away from President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

"Energy self-sufficiency," Rep. Mazie Hirono said when asked for the part of the speech that stuck out as most important for Hawaii. "That really came through loud and clear, and the fact that he also acknowledged how the military was an entity that could lead the way in terms of helping to develop alternative energies."

Obama announced on Tuesday that the Navy plans to make "one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history," by buying enough clean energy to power a quarter of a million homes per year.

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