The Right Course – Transition Israel to Alternative Energies

IHG believes that Israel’s current pursuit of a gas-based economy will anchor the country to dangerous and polluting energy for decades to come.  

Israel is continuing to invest heavily in gas, with current plans for nearly 200 gas-fired facilities. The government has also approved continued oil and gas exploration despite the urgent call by climate experts worldwide to curb fossil-fuel emissions.

It is critical to understand that raw gas is no more “natural” than other fossil fuels. In fact, research has now shown that methane, the main component of gas, is over 80 times more powerful than CO2 at warming the earth (over a 20-year period).

Tackling the climate crisis is particularly critical for Israel and other Middle Eastern countries since this region represents a “global warming hotspot” where changes are occurring faster than global patterns.

A gas-based economy:

  • Will turn Israel into a country plagued by heavy petrochemical pollution – a Promised Land of toxic and polluted air, sea, drinking water and soil.
  • Is incomprehensible given the global climate crisis driven by the greenhouse gases emitted when extracting, producing, transporting and using fossil fuels. (Note that the UN’s climate panel recently issued a code-red report that global warming is spiraling out of control but rapid reductions of greenhouse gas emissions may limit some of these impacts.)

 

Given Israel’s tiny dimensions – it is roughly 448 times smaller than the U.S and 25 times smaller than France – petrochemical malfunctions can widely impact Israel’s public and environment.  For perspective,  Deepwater Horizon, which contaminated 1,300 miles of shoreline, was 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

 

This is not the future we want for ourselves and our children!

The Right Course – Transition Israel to Alternative Energies

Our start-up nation has dozens of companies tackling climate change – including renewable energy production, storage and efficiency technologies. Israel can become a solar superpower, offering cleaner, safer and more economical energy solutions.

Leaning on gas blinds the eyes of Israel’s decision makers, preventing critical investments in environmental innovation. This is fundamentally misguided since technological breakthroughs would place Israeli companies at the forefront of the international struggle to stabilize Earth’s climate. Benefits – including environmental, health, security and financial – would dramatically surpass the profits from Israel’s fossil fuel resources.

 

Israel must quickly transition its economy to the large-scale use of renewable, clean energies, a strategy already pursued by numerous countries worldwide.

 

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Please support our efforts to transition Israel to Earth-and life-saving renewable energies!

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You may also be interested in: - Climate crisis and Israel as Global Warming Hotspot (לקשר לפרק באתר) - IHG report to Israel’s Electric Authority urging the transition to 80% renewables by 2030 instead of the only 30% proposed. (In Hebrew.)

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