Times of Israel Calls Ignoring Climate Change a “Sin”

Snow in Israel
Snow in Jerusalem, Dec 13th, 2013 Source: Dosmagazine

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Frustrated at Israel’s lack of action of climate change.

We have sinned against Israel’s land, water and air: Yom Kippur food for thought
At this solemn time of penitence, an accounting of the environmental sins we are visiting upon the Land of Israel’s ecosystems. And a plea for change

By SUE SURKES

On Tuesday night and Wednesday, Jews throughout the world are gathering in synagogues for the most solemn day of the year, Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement.

We cry to the Heavens that we have sinned, and we beg God for forgiveness. In silent prayer, we beat our chests and list the multiple misdeeds committed by the Jewish People as a whole.

So, in the spirit of Yom Kippur, and in the hope that the coming year will see the environment elevated to the same (or even greater) level of importance as security and diplomacy, here is a selection of sins that we have visited upon the Land of Israel’s ecosystems and the environment that sustains us all.

We have sinned by paying too little attention to renewable energy. In a country blessed with sunshine, just 3.5% of energy was being renewably produced by the end of last year, the bulk by solar panels. By December of this year, that figure is expected to rise to only 5%. The prospect of the government reaching its declared goal of generating 10 percent of electricity from renewables by 2020, and 17% by 2030, looks increasingly remote.

We have sinned by failing to educate the public about environmental issues and to prepare it to cope with the consequences of climate change, with the result that public awareness is pitifully low.

Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/we-have-sinned-against-israels-land-water-and-air-yom-kippur-food-for-thought/

Given a population density of 1067 people / square mile, I wonder where Sue Surkes expects her countrymen to put all that new renewable infrastructure she wants them to build?

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Caligula Jones
October 9, 2019 6:14 am

We can put this into the bulging “Nope, not a cult” file.

Greg
Reply to  Caligula Jones
October 9, 2019 11:11 pm

Given a population density of 1067 people / square mile, I wonder where Sue Surkes expects her countrymen to put all that new renewable infrastructure she wants them to build?

Probably on someone else’s land. Never seems to be an issue for Israel.

Tiburon
Reply to  Greg
October 11, 2019 7:32 am

you bet, Greg
Like when they gave back Sinai, won in war of self-defence against enemies backed by your ilk. 1956
Like when they gave back Sinai, won in war of self-defence against enemies backed by your ilk. 1967
…And like they gave back ‘Aza to a bloodthirsty kleptocratic regime supported by foreign citizens and Israeli citizens tax dollars, backed by your ilk.
As it happens, in a vain pursuit of Peace.
Clearly an expansionist state.
There’s a job waiting for you at the UN, Mr. Greg. Director of Berk-ism.
And where exactly, in which land, do you reside, Mr. Greg? I mean other than your Mom’s Basement?
Got your measure.

Ron Long
October 9, 2019 6:28 am

Way to go, Eric! That picture of snow on palm trees is a 2 x 4 upside the head type of Reality Check!

John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
October 9, 2019 6:32 am

I have sinned for reading this article. I will never get that time back.

Cliff Hilton
Reply to  John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
October 10, 2019 4:49 am

None of us should make light of sin (an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law).
The Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood to pay for all. For all are sinners from birth in need of this sacrifice.

There is no way we insignificant humans could destroy or alter this earth. It will not be destroyed by us, but by the command of God, Himself. Don’t let anyone deceive you. Nor will will we be able to stop Him. Although, we’ll try.

Yes, I know this is not a subject about religion, but sin is not to be slighted. It appears to be all the rage, now-a-days.

I’ll leave you with this quote: It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.

Justin Burch
October 9, 2019 6:33 am

Yom Kippur is a time when the normally empty liberal and leftists shuts fill to the brim and Jews who never otherwise set foot in a synagogue gather to virtue signal. These are the same Jews who vote for the likes of Ilan Omar in the name of diversity. They are not representative of the majority.

michael hart
October 9, 2019 6:35 am

I used to read it occasionally, and generally thought it a fairly sensible publication. Maybe it’s not an editorial and they’re just giving a few column inches to some green correspondent or other, with not much oversight by senior management because it’s not considered an important topic.

That’s a mistake made by too many organizations. As with the SJWs, they perform entry-ism, facilitating only the employment of like minded activists. Then sooner or later, like Google, the company finds a majority of their employees are members of the union. Once they have achieved such strength in numbers they then start to bully the senior management, dictating official company policy.

Fred Middleton
Reply to  michael hart
October 9, 2019 10:57 am

Interesting. Lenin Stalin so begot. By 1922 Soviet model management had sent many-most foundry experts to re-camp Education. Soviet wanted to purchase 15,000 (??) many anyway, Fordson tractors for major farming. Behold, most economic functions within the Soviet Model became filled by like minded Political followers (Union). Soviet Foundry specialists did not know/care/understand how to cast the Ford offered deal to Soviet manufacture said tractors. Ford Company sent teams of engineers/experts to teach fundamental casting and manufacturing concepts.

Fill the room with Donkey-Knodders, and the result will match nothing.

October 9, 2019 6:49 am

Unfortunately their sin is to believe what they have been told by the UN IPCC.

That is, that the Earth is warming because of the Greenhouse Effect that reflects the Earth’s emitted heat back towards the Earth surface.

If that was so then that same effect would be reflecting the incoming Sun’s heat back out into space before it even reaches the Earth surface. The result would be cooling of the Earth NOT heating as there is twice as much heat energy arriving from the Sun as there is radiating out from the Earth’s surface.

They do not need to meet any Paris agreement as it is based on a lie. There is no Greenhouse Effect – it is as simple as that.

For detail see: https://www.climateauditor.com

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Bevan Dockery
October 9, 2019 7:42 am

short wave vs long wave
Look it up.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
October 9, 2019 6:46 pm

No John,
Take a look at the Sun’s electromagnetic spectrum. There is twice as much energy in the infrared as the whole of that emitted from the Earth’s surface. You have been fooled by the UN IPCC who have deliberately failed to mention any back-radiation of the Sun’s incoming energy as it would destroy their fraudulent attempt to rule the World.

JimG
Reply to  Bevan Dockery
October 10, 2019 12:54 am

Do you have a pic or a good link for that? I had thought the same, but the graphs I found showed the Sun’s energy mostly in the visible section and dropping off dramatically below red. But intuitively the Sun feels hot even on a winter day so graphs don’t make sense and there must be a mistake somewhere, so hopefully you have properly setup and scaled comparison graphs, or even better the two curves superimposed on each other.

Reply to  JimG
October 11, 2019 6:36 pm

Sorry JimG,
A comparative graph is impractical because of the large difference in amplitudes. I use Wolfram Alpha to calculate the relative amplitudes. For example, the radiant energy from a 5772 degrees Kelvin source at the Earth’s distance from the Sun as source, the 4.23 micron band, being the main absorption band for CO2, would have an energy density of 1.9723 x 10^-8 J/m^3 while for a source at 288 degrees Kelvin, the Earth, Planck’s law determines that the 4.23 micron band has an energy density of 5.344 x 10^-9 J/m^3, ie 27 % of the incoming energy density in that band.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Bevan Dockery
October 9, 2019 12:28 pm

Yes, wavelengths do matter, but it ought to also be kept in mind that CO2 is made of little dealios called molecules, which are not, in actuality, a bunch of little mirrors.
Molecules of this sort are best thought of as radiatively active gasses.
The upshot is they can absorb AND EMIT at wavelengths in a range that is important in the atmosphere.
At sea level and 400ppm CO2, the mean free path length is in the tens of meters, IIRC.
Also , if you are gonna do mental physics as an exercise in understanding how energy and heat flows around the Earth and the air, it is best to keep in mind as many of the pertinent details as possible, and not reduce all of it to a “CO2 is a mirror” type of one-liners.
One must understand that there is a process called thermalization.
And this works in both directions: Kinetic energy can cause a CO2 molecule to kick out a IR photon, and a CO2 molecule which has been excited by absorption of a photon can pass this energy to other molecules, of any gas in the air, by collision.
And in a stunning development, physicists have recently (recently in terms of the history of humanity and the Earth) discovered that the speed of light is rather fast. So fast it is difficult to really fully place the velocity in terms of processes which we are familiar with on a macro scale.
At the vacuum value of c, a photon will travel around the Earth at the Equator over 7 times in one second, with plenty of time left over for lunch and stuff.
186,000 miles per second.
And space is very close by comparison. 100 miles up there is virtually no atmosphere to speak of.
Space is considered to begin at 62 miles up, although there is a big difference over the poles than over the equator. But by 70,000 feet, air is really very thin, meaning molecules are few and far between (Relatively speaking: One third of the way to the moon, there are still some seven million atoms or molecules per cubic meter of air, and even at the edge of the solar system, there are over 1000).
One needs some math to really look at such numbers: At STP, air has around 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules per cubic meter. 10 to the 25th. Actually it is over two and a half times that much, 2.53 or so times ten to the 25th.
In the space between spiral arms of the Milky Way, it may be as low as one molecule per ten cubic centimeters, but closer to home the numbers are higher.
But photons are small and so are atoms and molecules.
Hell, even with 2.53 x 10^25 air molecules per meter cubed, an 15 micron IR photon travels an average of two and as many as 10 meters before it hits a CO2 molecule.
One thing is for sure: If it was possible to decide about CO2 caused global warming by just thinking about it, we would not be in the situation we are in now.
Once a photon impinges upon a CO2 molecule, it can reemit it but is more likely to pass the energy to another air molecule. But air molecules are constantly hitting each other and a molecule is ~ equally likely to become energized by collision (according to some, but apparently not others) and emit a photon.
And all of this happens very rapidly. Molecular collisions, re-emission, relaxation time, speed of light, mean free path length, decreasing density with height, equipartition, the fact that emission can be in any direction in three dimensions, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera (you have to say it in your head like Yul Brenner in the movie called The King and I) …it all gets very complimacated.
Plus, radiation is only one of the three ways that energy can travel around the atmosphere, and is a minor one at some distances, time scales, and energy levels.
One study has put the effect of all of these factors in terms of time: How long does additional CO2 added to air slow down IR emission from the surface to space, and arrived at a conclusion along the lines of a few milliseconds of time.
How fast can the Sun heat the Earth in a few milliseconds? Is that how to think of this conclusion?

Many many commenters have spent endless hours talking about emission and absorption of photons in this and other forums over many years, and a lot of them seem to end consideration at some intermediate point in time when thinking about a photon and the molecules it interacts with on the way to space.
Let’s go back to your view of CO2 as little mirrors: The molecules are clearly not arranged like the surface of a flat mirror at some certain height. They are scattered and diffuse. If each acts like a mirror, and a photon leaves the surface and hits a mirror and is reflected, it can go in any direction…up, down, sideways…after it reflects. BUT THEN IT HITS ANOTHER MIRROR! And the higher it gets, the less mirrors there are, so the preferred direction is still up. And this all happens very quickly. Space is closer than most people drive to get to work! A photon can travel to the moon and back in under three seconds.
And CO2 is not little mirrors.

More on mean free path length vs time:
http://www.biocab.org/Mean_Free_Path_Length_Photons.html

More on optical depth:
http://spiff.rit.edu/classes/phys440/lectures/optd/optd.html

Might as well read this too iffen you think there is a mirror in the sky:
https://principia-scientific.org/bad-measuring-made-co2-our-climates-control-knob/

Lastly here is a concise history of the misconceptions and errors of attribution found in so-called Green house gas theory:
“The Shattered Greenhouse: How Simple Physics Demolishes the “Greenhouse Effect”.”
http://greenhouse.geologist-1011.net/

Tiburon
Reply to  Bevan Dockery
October 11, 2019 7:50 am

Whether or not there is a Greenhouse Effect, once the GCModels include Solar Particle Forcing from multiple heretofore ignored Sol outputs, as promised to be included in the upcoming CMIP6 2022, anthropogenic forcing components vanish. There’s quite a lot more energy pouring into the Global Energy Balance from the Sun than TSI, (included), and far infrared (not so much). And accounting for it otherwise than dumping that energy into the basket of “It’s All Our Fault” pretty well puts paid to the whole CAGW narrative.
This trailer explains it well, and for those inclined, the movie itself: –
“Climate Forcing Made Easy” (9 min of your life)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tul07hx8V8w
IMHO beneficial to explore what’s really going on in the last 2 years at the razor’s edge of Climate Research – 700 recent peer-reviewed papers, and counting.
https://suspicious0bservers.org/
and
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTiL1q9YbrVam5nP2xzFTWQ
Thanks for reading and your open minds.

Mike Bryant
October 9, 2019 6:51 am

We have sinned by not educating our people on the issue of climate change… this sin is easily corrected… just mandate that all teachers teach every article published on WUWT!!!!!

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Mike Bryant
October 9, 2019 7:41 am

Their sins are against their fellow men as they lead them astray.
They have sinned for failing to try to understand the workings of the universe. They have further sinned for abusing public trust in academic institutions to the detriment of society.

Bryan A
October 9, 2019 6:58 am

Given a population density of 1067 people / square mile, I wonder where Sue Surkes expects her countrymen to put all that new renewable infrastructure she wants them to build?

Probably every building roof top and strung across streets between buildings such that the entire country, when viewed from space, resembles one gigantic solar farm. This would also act to shade the incoming solar radiance and cool the area. (until the panels catch fire and the entire country goes aflame.)

griff
Reply to  Bryan A
October 9, 2019 7:32 am

Well, Israel’s electricity demand is somewhere around 10 GW, as far as I can find.

Likely it peaks in summer afternoons (when sunlight also available).

Solar PV on every rooftop would likely prouce a fair percentage of required demand

Russ Wood
Reply to  Bryan A
October 11, 2019 9:52 am

Most buildings in Israel are apartment blocks, and they ALREADY have the roofs covered with solar water heaters. I was in Tel Aviv in 1973 when it snowed in Jerusalem, and apparently it DOES snow in the mountains about every 10-15 years.

Solomon Green
Reply to  Russ Wood
October 12, 2019 5:35 am

It snows in Jerusalem nearly every year .

Bruce Cobb
October 9, 2019 7:20 am

Sue is being disingenuous. She is using religion as cover for her true agenda; that of spreading “climate change” propaganda, thus breaking the 9th commandment of her own (professed) religous doctrine – that of prohibiting bearing false witness. If she were at all worried about sinning which I highly doubt, she should worry about her own sin(s).

AWG
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
October 9, 2019 4:19 pm

Not just the 9th, But the “Thou shall not have any other gods before Me”.

When she attributes sin against the Creation rather than offending the Creator, she might as well ignore the rest of The Law.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  AWG
October 9, 2019 5:19 pm

Indeed:- Sin is disobedience to God, nothing less and nothing more.
You cannot sin against the earth, or sin against your neighbour.

The only definition of sin, is disobedience to God.

Otteryd
October 9, 2019 7:28 am

I came across a deli chain in Tel Aviv called “Cheeses of Nazareth”

Reply to  Otteryd
October 9, 2019 1:08 pm

But is there a wind ‘farm’ called ‘Breezes of Nazareth’?

Auto – no, possibly I am not all that ‘woke’. Happily!

Kenji
October 9, 2019 7:42 am

I’ll tell you what a sin REALLY looks like … PG&E shutting off the power of 1M customers to signal their virtue. To tell the people of CA that … they are powerless (sorry) … to stop Global Warming Fires caused by EXTREME WEATHER. That’s a SIN! When CA is fully transformed into a socialist hellhole reminiscent of Venezuela. Now what? Am I supposed to blame the CIA for shutting off my power … instead of the FOOLS who are “operating” the Utility?

icisil
Reply to  Kenji
October 9, 2019 8:02 am

They’re doing the only sensible thing they can do in a political environment that magnifies their risk by not allowing the clearing of excess fuels in high risk areas. Hopefully this will create enough pain among the electorate to drive some sense into them.

Kenji
Reply to  icisil
October 9, 2019 8:25 am

I predict the EXACT OPPOSITE here in the land of unhinged eco-virtue signalers. I predict this becomes a test run for the deindustrialization of America. See! That wasn’t so hard to live without power for a few days!! Just think of all the ewwwww “carbon” we can clean from the environment, if we just SHUT EVERYTHING OFF for a few days from time to time. Ohhhhhh mammmmaaaa … the virtue … the virtue. What’s a little self-sacrifice on Yom Kippur ?

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Kenji
October 9, 2019 9:02 am

Shutting off a vital system temporarily only works as long as the shutdown can be accommodated.

One can holds one’s breath top avoid an unpleasant odor, but not for very long.
Starved of breath for long enough will cause conditions from which there is no recovery.

icisil
Reply to  Kenji
October 9, 2019 10:52 am

There are actually idiots who think intermittent power is a good thing, and blame the PG&E outage on climate change.

Good practice for what’s coming, and hopefully will save a whole bunch of energy for a few hours, save a few CO2 emissions, and perhaps even a few habitats with the reduction in oil & gas requirements. Learning to live with intermittent power would be a very good thing.

https://twitter.com/ArtForCC/status/1181691966628564992

Goldrider
Reply to  icisil
October 9, 2019 12:08 pm

What’s going to happen is people are going to buy property in another state and load up the moving vans. How long would YOU stay in a place where regular denial of electrical service is a “thing?” Most people would say “What CENTURY is this, anyway?”

Nowhere do I see ANY of these “green” yawpers living the life they advocate–NOWHERE. “Climate” angst, like other “woke” BS, is mere virtue signaling in an attempt to join an “in” group perceived as having high social status. Full Stop.

Rocketscientist
Reply to  icisil
October 9, 2019 9:08 am

I am unaware of any prohibition against clearing trees from power lines. It is simply costly, however the power companies have been collecting rate fees that were ostensibly to cover these costs. They have already been paid to perform these tasks. They should be held to task to accomplish their promises. If they have misspent their incomes they are solely to blame.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Rocketscientist
October 9, 2019 9:49 am

“If they have misspent their incomes they are solely to blame.”

Its not “misspent”.

The incomes go exactly where they are supposed to go: executive bonuses, political donations and lobbyists, and if there is anything left over, for sensitivity training, trips to climate change conferences and advertising telling everyone that nothing is really their fault.

What, are you a commie or something?

/sarc obviously OFF.

Bryan A
Reply to  Rocketscientist
October 9, 2019 9:53 am

Most prohibitions to tree trimming and/or removal come from property owners. When a PG&E customer says “Leave My Trees Alone” at the point of a Shot Gun, What should they do?

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Bryan A
October 9, 2019 1:58 pm

PG&E reps should call the county sheriff for support and meanwhile politely remind the property owners they have granted easement rights to PG&E for equipment and system maintenance.
When the sheriff arrives the tune will change.
If they’ve had previous issues with property owners, perhaps they should preemptively call the county sheriff before attempting to enter the miscreant property owner’s land.

Bryan A
Reply to  Kenji
October 9, 2019 9:57 am

If you have 2 choices which choice do you make?
Leave the power on and have fires start which cost Billion$ in lawsuits?
Turn the power off in the areas most affected by High Winds and have 1M+ irate customers but no fires?

Walt
Reply to  Bryan A
October 9, 2019 1:17 pm

There is no guarantee the black outs will eliminate wild fires. The PG&E shut downs will minimize the chance that PG & E will start the fires.

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Bryan A
October 9, 2019 2:03 pm

You wrongly assume there are only 2 choices. There is one choice they are avoiding:
DO THE DAMN JOB THEY WERE PAID TO PERFORM!
(Which is to maintain the power lines and rights of way)

Pat Frank
Reply to  Rocketscientist
October 9, 2019 4:48 pm

Right. PG&E 2019 is not as professional or as competent as PG&E 1950.

ResourceGuy
October 9, 2019 7:47 am

Okay, divert funds from the defense of Israel. Let’s see what Iran does then.

Bengt Abelsson
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 10, 2019 12:36 am

If you really belive in any religion, you have to accept that there are miracles.
A miracle is something that happens outside of any explanation in conventional science.
Thus, that person may be more inclined to accept the gospel of alarmist proponents as already beeing used to the concept of ” miracles”.

Michael in Dublin
October 9, 2019 7:54 am

Thousands of years ago the people living in the area where modern Israel stands had to contend with erratic winter rainfall. They did not complain about climate change but used ingenuity to cope. The methods included cisterns in the rocks to store water and underground water systems. Instead of squandering money on worthless climate engineering and carbon credit ponzi schemes we should use resources and ingenuity to come up with modern equivalents of what out ancient forefathers constructed.

Solomon Green
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 12, 2019 5:49 am

Michael of Dublin has it right. Under Ottoman rule the cisterns and aqueducts built by the Romans, the Byzantines and the Nabateans were allowed to fall into ruins. And the population estimated at around 2 million in the time of Jesus dwindled to about 200,000.

Today the population of Israel, alone, exceeds 7 million and the country actually exports water. This is partly due to reverse osmosis desalination plants, pioneered with Israel technology, and, in a large part, due to the reclamation of waste water where Israel, which recycles nearly 90% of its waste water leads the world.

https://www.greenprophet.com/2011/08/water-and-israel-the-facts/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/reclamation-of-man-made-desert/

https://thefederalist.com/2017/01/04/environmentalists-want-greener-america-follow-israels-example/

ozspeaksup
October 9, 2019 8:04 am

whats all the cash from usa spent on then?
oh yeah
weapons

Mark Broderick
Reply to  ozspeaksup
October 9, 2019 9:26 am

…DEFENSIVE weapons to protect them from Arab countries dedicated to “wiping Israel off the map …….
…D’OH !

lou divincenzo
October 9, 2019 8:21 am

There is something called INDULGENCE that can be used as a carbon offset

Caligula Jones
Reply to  lou divincenzo
October 9, 2019 8:44 am

The parallel language is scary in its accuracy, isn’t it?

Its bad enough that most of these self-described progressives or liberals positively hate organization religion, but cozy up to every mawkish “noble savage” arch-type of some primitive stone-aged culture as “pure”, and not many of them would give up a single triple-latte non-fat soy liquid candy foo-foo drink (even using a paper straw) to join the people they basically use as mascots.

And, as with Canada’s Prime Minstrel (who “cups”), most of them are also into New Age crap which is backed by zero science, yet demand we follow “climate science”.

Reply to  Caligula Jones
October 9, 2019 9:05 am

They seem to be able to quickly overcome their aversion to religion when it can be used to support their agendas. There have been many examples over the years, including a lot that weren’t related to climate.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Ralph Dave Westfall
October 9, 2019 9:53 am

It goes the other way, as well, and as an agnostic, I’m pretty much on-board with criticizing most aspects of most religions. The difference is, I don’t differentiate between one that has a billion adherents and is a thousand years old, and one that follows a 16 year-old autistic child’s every word.

This was driven home to me while I walked along the very tall, very thick wall surrounding the Vatican, and going through security and remembering the Pope’s admonishment about border walls…

Hypocrites are hard to take whether they should know better or not.

Gordon Dressler
October 9, 2019 8:27 am

Completely appropriate for a meme, “Climate Change,” best described as being a religion instead of science.

Sheri
October 9, 2019 8:31 am

It’s a religion. They finally came out of the closet, so to speak. We knew it all along.

richard
October 9, 2019 8:33 am

But not ignoring drought-

How Israel Is Solving the Global Water Crisis – The Tower
Search domain http://www.thetower.org/article/how-israel-is-solving-the-global-water-crisis/www.thetower.org/article/how-israel-is-solving-the-global-water-crisis/
Israel could not have made the desert bloom without its incredible innovations in water technology. As the world becomes more aware of the importance of conserving water, they are turning to Israel for exports and expertise. The world is in a water crisis, one that will grow more severe in the coming decade.

Rocketscientist
Reply to  richard
October 9, 2019 9:38 am

The water shortage exists only in certain parts of the world where the population is taxing the current water resources. Elsewhere there is no shortage.

CD in Wisconsin
October 9, 2019 8:46 am

“…We have sinned by paying too little attention to renewable energy. In a country blessed with sunshine, just 3.5% of energy was being renewably produced by the end of last year, the bulk by solar panels. By December of this year, that figure is expected to rise to only 5%…”

Sue, be glad you are getting up to 5% this year. Here in the USA we aren’t even at 2% according our federal govt’s EIA (last time I looked). And that is with all the sunshine they get in California and the other southwestern U.S. states. If you think solar panels can meet Israel’s energy needs with a population density as high as yours, you are badly in need of some enlightenment in the areas of physics, engineering and economics.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
October 9, 2019 9:44 am

Yeah, same here in Ontario, Canada. Despite years of the Liberals shuffling billions of dollars into multi-national companies, we still have a ways to go:

http://www.ieso.ca/en/Power-Data/Supply-Overview/Transmission-Connected-Generation

Capacity:

Nukes: 35%
Gas/Oil: 27%
Hydro: 24% (mostly from Quebec)
Wind: 12% (mostly from the election campaign)
Biofuel: 1% (also from the election campaign)
Solar: 1% (i.e., Prime Minstrel Zoolander is soaking up all the rays for his “sunny days”

Nice to have that nuke/gas/oil backup because:

Output August 2019:

NUCLEAR: 67.6%
GAS: 7.5%
HYDRO: 19.9%
WIND: 4.0%
BIOFUEL: 0.3%
SOLAR: 0.7%

Yearly output:

Nuke: 61%
Hydro: 25%
Gas/Oil: 6%
Wind: 7%
Biofuel: <1%
Solar: <1%

Since the warmunists are innumerate, I'll spell it out for them: when the wind doesn't blow, and the sun doesn't shine (get a freaking atlas) you have to turn up those nasty nukes and turn on those gas/oil plants you hate…

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
October 9, 2019 1:15 pm

In the UK we were at about 50%, one day in August, when a wind ‘farm’ went off line, rather suddenly.
A lot of folk lost their supply that evening.
And a lot of trains stopped.
That made it v e r y difficult for some folk to get home at an even vaguely civilised time.

Auto

Johne Morton
October 9, 2019 8:56 am

“We have sinned by failing to educate the public about environmental issues and to prepare it to cope with the consequences of climate change, with the result that public awareness is pitifully low”.

This is just like the calls that “we need to have a national discussion about race or racism”. All the Left has done is drill these issues into our heads, day and night. What does she mean by “we have sinned by failing to educate the public about environmental issues”? That’s been pounded into our heads for ages. Same with racism, homophobia, sexism etc.

Russ Wood
Reply to  Johne Morton
October 11, 2019 9:55 am

When a ‘Leftist’ says ‘discussion’, he or she means “you standing still and saying nothing while I scream at you about how evil you are”. Discussion? Yeah, right!

Mark Broderick
October 9, 2019 9:19 am

“UN sounds alarm on cash crisis, warns it may default on bills by month’s end”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/un-sounds-alarm-on-cash-crisis-warns-it-may-default-on-bills-by-months-end

“The official also said the U.S. has been clear that no single member should pay for more than a quarter of the U.N. budget. (The U.S. currently pays approximately 22 percent of the U.N.’s operating budget.)”

“President Trump echoed this sentiment on Wednesday morning, tweeting in reference to reports about the U.N. budget woes: “So make all Member Countries pay, not just the United States!””

Oops !

Joel Snider
October 9, 2019 9:20 am

What can I say – “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.’

The sinners are much more fun.

Mark Broderick
October 9, 2019 9:33 am

It would take 97% of Israels land area to produce 97% of Israels needed power with Solar….(Hey, if they can make up goofy numbers, so can I…nah nah !) : )

J Mac
October 9, 2019 9:42 am

“Thou shalt not bear false witness!”, Sue Surkes.

Rhys Jaggar
October 9, 2019 10:00 am

All those naughty politicians supporting Genie Oil will be begging Pontius Pilate to save them and not Jesus reincarnated, Greta Thunberg….

Wade
October 9, 2019 10:02 am

I guess there were never any extremes in Palestine before evil humans started to burn fossil fuels. (end sarcasm)

2 Samuel 23:20 – “Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.”

What about the 7 years of famine written in Genesis while Jacob (or Israel) was still alive? What about the famine that forced a Hebrew family to move to Moab written in opening chapter of Ruth? What about the 3 1/2 years of family during the time of Elijah to prophet? It amazes me that people who the little the people who claim to be religious read their own religious texts.

noaaprogrammer
October 9, 2019 10:06 am

To all believers in the Jewish faith — read Genesis 8:22–

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

If God said this, then those who think that they have sinned by changing the weather, have actually sinned by doubting God’s promise, given after it was he who really changed the climate with the Noachian flood.

beng135
October 9, 2019 10:33 am

Eco-lunacy even infesting Israel….

Joel Snider
Reply to  beng135
October 9, 2019 11:18 am

A lot of progressive thought in Israel – never understood that. I guess it’s just the result of a successful effort of socialist progressives relabeling the extreme left Third Reich as ‘right wing’.

beng135
Reply to  Joel Snider
October 9, 2019 12:10 pm

Agree — history revisionism. Most Europeans even now think Third Reich (National Socialists!!!!) was “right-wing”. Many don’t understand what true “right-wing” (conservatism) is.

Nicholas McGinley
October 9, 2019 11:01 am

I seem to recall a sin on the books along the lines of : Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Which I think we can just extend and translate to include pretty much any sort of consequential lying as being prohibited by God’s Law.

Derek
October 9, 2019 11:38 am

“Given a population density of 1067 people / square mile, I wonder where Sue Surkes expects her countrymen to put all that new renewable infrastructure she wants them to build?”

Hmmm on that land they have annexed from Syria (Golan Heights) springs to mind or perhaps that land they keep steeling from the Arabs in the west bank – come on Eric use your imagination.

n.n
Reply to  Derek
October 9, 2019 12:31 pm

There are numerous precedents to remove the Golan Heights from contention. The so-called “two state” solution was undermined by a failed coup and immigration reform that has been a first-order forcing of progressive dysfunction in the region.

Chris from Switzerland
October 9, 2019 11:43 am

I’m visiting Israel every year at least once. Actually, they do quite a lot for renewables, not only within the last few years. One point is, that about 90% of hot water used for daily life is heated by solar. On every roof there is one solar heated boiler per apartment. Or there are these huge solar electricity plants in the Negev desert (see for example this link: https://www.israel21c.org/take-a-tour-of-israels-huge-new-solar-energy-valley-in-the-desert/). The article is two years old, but I have personally seen the tower working in June this year. Unlike Switzerland, in Israel solar panels (for water as well as for electricity) are quite efficient.

And there is also a factory (Solav Energy, Kibbutz Dvir) producing and selling cheap, maintenance-free plug-and-play solar water heating units for developing countries.

n.n
October 9, 2019 12:32 pm

Profits and/or faith in mortal gods.

[Catastrophic] [Anthropogenic] Global Warming, Climate Change, and other labels and judgments.

Rod Evans
October 9, 2019 12:35 pm

Hey, here is an option. Why not dredge a canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea? The energy available from the waterfall created would keep Israel in Electrical Hydro power for the next 150 years (depends on the size of the canal among other things) The other plus is fish would be able to survive in the newly filling Dead Sea so a healthy source of non meat protein is also provided. The Greens must surely agree with this clean energy clean food option.

JimG
Reply to  Rod Evans
October 10, 2019 1:09 am

Something like that is actually in the works! Along with Jordan, Israel plans on piping water to the Dead Sea (that has been getting too low). Once primed the water would flow on its own like siphoning a gas tank. No need for an expensive canal.

MikeyParks
October 9, 2019 1:36 pm

So just where would Israel get the thousands of acres of land for the solar panels and wind farms (even if those sources of energy weren’t a scam)? Maybe kick a few residents out of the country?

JimG
Reply to  MikeyParks
October 10, 2019 1:11 am

The Negev desert is still mostly empty, actually most of the country is, everyone lives in cities.

October 9, 2019 1:49 pm

Climate has always changed. CO2 has no significant effect.
Depriving humanity of prosperity, and sometimes even life, by curtailing fossil fuels would be a sin.

Zigmaster
October 9, 2019 2:54 pm

Our rabbi has expressed similar green sentiments.My personal view is that whilst he thinks he’s doing the write thing I believe it is a clear breach of the second commandment which states that there are no other gods before me. The Jewish climate zealots are no different to the ancient Jews who lost faith and worshipped the golden calf in biblical times. The proof that the warmist cause is really a religious type of movement is the number of global religious leaders including the pope who openly endorse it. I see it as a major denigration of their own religious beliefs.

bonbon
October 10, 2019 8:25 am

“MOSES dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil”, quipped Golda Meir, one of Israel’s prime ministers.

Then they found natural gas.

Was that a Sin? Well no, according to “Moses’s oily blessing” :
https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2005/06/16/mosess-oily-blessing
Moses led them to it.

JCalvertN(UK)
October 10, 2019 5:34 pm

Israel’s only sin against the earth is excessive irrigation.
Sucking water out of a rather brackish river and then spraying it all over the landscape is just asking for trouble in the long-term.

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