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t. Skip Cowell, USAF-Ret., was Absolutely. If you look at the world conditions
born in Waipahu, Hawaii, and right now, something has to be done about the en-
raised on a sugarcane plantation. ergy crisis. In recent years, I’ve learned about two
He now lives with his wife, Rita, in Cap- companies, Ocean
tain Cook, Hawaii. The couple is active in Power Technolo-
the quest for alternative energy sources gies and W2 Energy
and cofounded theTropical Reforesta- Corp., with men
tion and Ecosystems Education who are true vision-
Center Hawaii, dedicated to aries at the helm. I
the conservation of and am trying to connect
education about native these companies
Hawaiian ecosystems. with our govern-
You’ve been quite active ment. If we are going
in retirement. What’s to solve the energy
your secret? I think my crisis, we need
military career instilled to fi nd new solu-
a “can do” attitude in tions. ... The more
me that has persisted to you look at it and
this day. One of the great put it under a micro-
things about military life scope, the more in-
for me was the fact that triguing it gets. You’re
you got to do so many dif- talking about [paying] two or three cents
ferent things. I kept that at- a kilowatt hour. I pay 47 cents a kilowatt
titude in retirement — I always hour here in Hawaii.
want to learn about new things What kind of energy do you think
and new solutions to problems. retired military officers offer today?
Did this desire to create new If we could harness [offi cers’] discipline
solutions lead to your current and their free thinking, I don’t think
work — searching for answers there’s any problem we couldn’t solve.
to the world’s energy problem? — Richard Daigle
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