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Eco-pollution: Israel’s silent threat

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  1. Tomer says:

    You have some very interesting points but your research is lacking when it comes to Israel’s economy, which is the main reason why it can’t push more environmentally friendly policies like Germany.
    A few things I’ll point out is the problem that you blame the Israeli government and the people for not taking enough action. Everything is an opportunity cost and right now water is a much bigger concern for the country then air pollution for energy production.
    A lot of resources are being put into making us water independent and desalination plants are extremely expensive to run. Germany doesn’t have that problem.
    Why isn’t Israel using more of its own solar energy production? Because it hasn’t been proven useful enough yet. Again the opportunity cost isn’t worth it yet. Even if we did use the Negev as a solar energy powerhouse the country would still be dependent on diesel and natural gas to accommodate for its energy consumption. The reason why we export is so that other counties will provide the investment needed to improve the technology so it will eventually be beneficial to the country
    Israel does not have the capability of Germany or the US to put capital into the production process, so it let’s other countries do so.
    And the same problem comes from the natural gas resources found along the coast. Without out private investment the country would not be able to extract any gas. The current contract leaves 49% of the gas for the use of the public, this amount compensates for the loss of the natural gas from Eygpt and more.

    Investment like the ones you believe Israel should do are extremely limited for a small country. Israel does not have the capability to borrow funds like other nations and maintaining its good credit rating is also very difficult during a world recession. When the global economy recovers I would expect these changes to become more rapid. But for now we can’t criticize without considering why the government is following its current policy.