Round 100 elected officers who chair native authorities setting committees all through the nation on Monday joined 112 main scientists by calling on Power Minister Yuval Steinitz to rethink increasing the usage of pure fuel and as an alternative set much more bold objectives for renewable vitality.
The signatories belong to the Discussion board for Heads of Environmental Committees in Native Authorities.
“In our position as heads of environmental committees and holders of portfolios coping with the setting and sustainability in native authorities, we’ll act throughout the mandate given to us by the general public to encourage the usage of renewable vitality for the sake of a cleaner, cheaper and extra dispersed vitality economic system,” they wrote.
Final month, a letter to Steinitz signed by 112 scientists quoted analysis indicating that pure fuel is much like coal when it comes to its impact on international warming.
A authorities resolution two years in the past to assemble 16 gas-fired power stations “locks in for many years previous applied sciences and assumptions which are not legitimate concerning the financial advantages of pure fuel relative to a cleaner, cheaper and extra dispersed vitality system,” they stated.
Signatories to the scientists’ letter included Nobel laureate Yisrael Robert Aumann of Jerusalem’s Hebrew College; Israel Prize winners Dan Yakir of the Weizmann Institute and Tel Aviv College’s Gedeon Dagan; main photo voltaic vitality skilled Abraham Kribus of Tel Aviv College; Ofira Ayalon of Haifa College, coordinator and challenge supervisor of the Israeli Local weather Change Data Heart arrange by the Environmental Safety Ministry; and Alon Tal, chair of Tel Aviv College’s Public Coverage Division and a veteran environmental activist.
With business manufacturing about to begin on the large Leviathan natural gas field, Steinitz envisages that greater than 80 % of the nation’s vitality will come from pure fuel by 2030.