Executive Order of Priorities

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Of course, an executive order like the one that Rhode Island Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo just released, saying that Rhode Island will be 100% reliant on “renewable energy” by 2030, is subject to all the usual political caveats.  Most notably, she’ll be long out of office by the time that date rolls around, and even by the time any imposed restrictions start to really bite.

Reading the press release, however, something else jumps out:

Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an executive order committing Rhode Island to be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by the end of the decade. Her executive order directs the state’s Office of Energy Resources to conduct an economic and energy market analysis and develop actionable policies and programs to reach this bold, but achievable goal.

“When we meet this goal, Rhode Island will be the first state in America to be powered by 100% renewable electricity,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “We’re already leading the fight against climate change, but we have to take increasingly aggressive action if we want to avoid catastrophe. As governor of a coastal state and mom to two teenagers, I’m fully committed to protecting the beauty of our state and our way of life for future generations.”

Where’s the executive order that 100% of Rhode Island students will graduate from high school… and with performance at grade level?  Where’s the executive order that everybody who wants a job will have one?

Now, I’m not actually asking for executive orders on these issues, because I think they’d be a foolish approach to policy, but the governor’s global-warming order is foolish for the same reasons.  It does, however, show her priorities, and one suspects her perpetually bad approval ratings are evidence that Rhode Islanders don’t share them.



  • Guest

    Governor Gina Raimondo is foolish and out or order to issue an executive order to force state of RI into 100% renewable energy by 2030. It can’t be done and if somehow it could, the immediate costs to RI ratepayers would be astronomically prohibitive.

    President George W. Bush tasked the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help state of Hawaii, most imported oil dependent state in nation (90% electricity generated from oil) transition to renewable energy due to strategic military vulnerabilities. Hawaii and DOE signed an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2008 with the state general assembly and governor crafting a state public law creating the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI)
    moving the state to 70% renewable energy by 2030 (first state in nation to declare by law in writing).

    Hawaii’s new governor (who happens to have a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering) amended both the MOU and HCEI to 100% renewable energy by 2045 with interim benchmark renewable energy goals (again first state in nation to declare in writing and law 100% renewable energy).

    2020 is first benchmark which has been met across all 8 state-wide inhabited islands with 30% electricity generated by renewable energy. However some individual islands are at 40%, 50% and near 60% renewable energy capacity already.

    Hawaii total icombined island-wide landmass is 11,000 sq mi.

    November/December 2019 the Island of Kauai (4th largest island) electric company reported operated 32 hours on 100% renewable energy without burning a drop of imported oil for the 72,000 population plus added tourists and military.