A new natural gas pipeline promises to cut air pollution in the Haifa Bay area by at least 75% by 2013.
As noted in a previous post, there was some disappointing environmental news in Israel this week: The Finance Ministry slapped a freeze on development of large solar power plants, pending a review of the feed-in tariff scheme. But there were also some good news: A new pipeline was dedicated this week that will bring natural gas to northern Israel, allowing petrochemical plants and other industries in the Haifa area to switch from diesel and crude oil, thus significantly reducing air pollution.
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new pipeline, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the new pipeline would mean the reduction of 12,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year. To illustrate this scope of emissions, he said: “Imagine that every day a supertanker flew over the area and dumped 35 tons of pollutants.”
The mayor of Haifa, Yona Yahav, also welcomed the new pipeline’s potential for improving the city’s air quality, but complained that Haifa’s reputation for poor air quality is unwarranted: Tel Aviv’s air pollution is worse, he said.
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