Environment  Energy
Greenpeace urges gov't to decentralize energy sources
Published: 19.02.13, 07:20
Comment Comment
Print comment Print comment
Back to article
2 Talkbacks for this article
1. Greenpeace-Israel
Green Baron ,   Bethesda, MD USA   (02.19.13)
Rarely do I agree with what Greenpeace has to say, but in this case, it may have a valid point. Decentralization does enhance the use of renewable sources of energy and could indeed reduce the extant of damage that Hezbollah might cause during any attack on Israel.
2. I rarely agree with Greenpeace, but...
Zvi   (02.20.13)
... Greenpeace is 100% right on this one. Broadly decentralized energy production and infrastructure will make Israel much less vulnerable to localized attacks, whether on the gas processing facilities or on centralized power plants. You can bet that Hezbollah and Iran are planning a variety of attacks, ranging from terror attacks and hijacked shipping to missile strikes against cities, the power grid, power plants, gas facilities, etc. A more decentralized power generation system, particularly one that could rely on solar/wind for a higher % of its requirements while continuing to use gas for off-peak hours, could be made much more robust in the face of attack or natural disaster (e.g. a major earthquake). Greenpeace is right to bring the security implications of current plans to the attention of Israel's leaders and to encourage them to take action BEFORE the threat ripens, rather than afterward.
Back to article