Israel Working Toward Energy Independence

posted at 2:00 pm on February 6, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Yet another energy story crosses our desk this morning which causes me to sigh and ask, “what the heck is wrong with our country?” Recognizing the necessity of energy independence in an area of the world far more volatile than our own, the nation of Israel has discovered vast reserves of natural gas and seems to be wasting no time in grabbing opportunity when it arises.

An explosion at an Egyptian gas terminal that disrupted the supply of fuel to Israel had Israeli officials pressing Sunday to speed development of a natural gas deposit that they say can make Israel energy independent.

At the same time, the turmoil in Egypt, which supplies up to half of the natural gas that Israel currently uses to power its electrical plants, has emphasized to Israelis the dangers of relying on other sources for fuel.

Israel’s Tamar field is said to contain about 8 trillion cubic meters of gas. In December, gas exploration companies led by U.S.-based Noble Energy announced that another deposit in Israeli waters, Leviathan, contained some 16 trillion cubic meters.

The finds — which Lebanon says, without providing proof, lie partly in Lebanese waters — are enough to keep Israel energy self-sufficient for decades, Israeli experts say.

Good for them. Of course, we’re sitting on massive reserves of natural gas here in the United States, only the government seems to be taking the opposite approach and hindering our efforts to capture and utilize it. Similarly, Canada and Alaska have large reserves, but the U.S. government is botching efforts to build the pipelines and other infrastructure required to take full advantage of it across all of North America.

Israel is quick to recognize that energy security is every bit as important to stability and security as all other elements of defense. It’s a lesson that a few people in Washington could use a refresher course on.


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“… “what the heck is wrong with our country?””

Liberalism…

… and the leaders they elect.

Seven Percent Solution on February 6, 2011 at 2:03 PM

You mean they’re not going to do it with “green energy?”

steebo77 on February 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM

“what the heck is wrong with our ignorant, liberal, America hating voting block that put radical America hating communists into the seats of power country?”

katy on February 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Israel is quick to recognize that energy security is every bit as important to stability and security as all other elements of defense. It’s a lesson that a few people in Washington could use a refresher course on.

Barry’s dilemma: Energy independence or reliance on countries that hate us and want to humble us. Gee, what do you think he will choose?

SKYFOX on February 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM

But, but, I thought solar shingles were our Sputnik moment…

/s off

Wethal on February 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

“The finds — which Lebanon says, without providing proof, lie partly in Lebanese waters — are enough to keep Israel energy self-sufficient for decades, Israeli experts say.”

Oil and gas deposits were footprints long before the British started drawing lines on maps.

There is an opportunity.

percysunshine on February 6, 2011 at 2:17 PM

BHO wants to spread the wealth to other countries. The USA can do that by buying OIL from other countries. Just because most, if not all, of them hate the USA and want to destroy us doesn’t mean we should stop sharing our wealth with them.

What is wrong with you selfish Americans?? s/

ny59giants on February 6, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Err yeah, except Israel’s government is still on board with the Global Warming scam.

mudskipper on February 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Here we sit with rolling blackouts, rising gas prices, holding our breaths hoping the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t shut off our oil supply.

If you’re happy with this then sit on your butts and do nothing. If you are outraged then save your pennies and support true conservatives in the 2012 election.

RadioFreeUSA on February 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Is there anyone out there who does not believe that Obama is intentionally destroying our economy and culture?

GaltBlvnAtty on February 6, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Israel Working Toward Energy Independence

Necessity is the mother of invention.

BobMbx on February 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

You mean they’re not going to do it with “green energy?”

steebo77 on February 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Toto too!

(Old news for us Israelis)

Shy Guy on February 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Well we know Barry’s still trying to “punish” us for being too productive, so we can forget about reforms from him, but it’d be nice to see Republicans getting more aggressive on this.
Exploiting our own resources and ending the ethanol debacle would go a long way to helping our economy get back on track.

Iblis on February 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Lots of issues the GOP must conquer on behalf of the people, and this is way up there on the priority list. Energy Independence must take place for America, and the only obstacle standing in the way is the American government. To think, these wipes wonder why we have such a low opinion of them.

Keemo on February 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I don`t blame them,if Egypt falls……………..

they`ll be surrounded by Islamic Jihadys!!!

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

States must start acting out on their own. Here in Montana, the Liberal Socialist Communist job killing Democrat Governor stands in the way… That will be fixed soon enough. Many articles have been circulating here about North Dakota and their booming economy thanks to an aggressive and healthy attitude towards “drill baby drill.”

Keemo on February 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Just another example of the ‘intelligent leadership’ in this country.

GarandFan on February 6, 2011 at 2:59 PM

An explosion at an Egyptian gas terminal that disrupted the supply of fuel to Israel had Israeli officials pressing Sunday
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Video of,

Egypt-Israel gas pipeline on fire after explosion, sabotage suspected

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzlHRzAzYl0&feature=player_embedded
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canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Barry’s dilemma: Energy independence or reliance on countries that hate us and want to humble us. Gee, what do you think he will choose?

SKYFOX on February 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM

He’s obviously in favor of energy independence — but only using certain types of technology, most of which don’t exist yet. He also views the role of Government in energy production as being paramount. The Israelis, not under the spell of our President, are using private industry to their benefit.

unclesmrgol on February 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

We might get a little more “energetic” in our oil production efforts if all these protests spread to saudi arabia.

BowHuntingTexas on February 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

but the U.S. government is botching efforts to build the pipelines and other infrastructure required to take full advantage of it across all of North America.

Actually, the US Government seems to be MIA with respect to the article you cite. We see the Murkowski branch of the GOP at the forefront of attempts to derail the pipeline.

unclesmrgol on February 6, 2011 at 3:02 PM

There’s nothing wrong with our country — except that we’ve all been too busy and exhausted until recently to do something about our terrible politicians. Now that we’re focused and awake we’ll be looking for them to create policies that foster our energy independence.

I bet it will be a huge issue in the 2012 elections if the Republicans are brave and smart.

lorettawm on February 6, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Hat’s off to the Israel…

Someone needs to ask BHO, “How’s that drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico working out?”

Khun Joe on February 6, 2011 at 3:17 PM

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Sabotage is no longer assumed.

Shy Guy on February 6, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Someone needs to ask BHO, “How’s that drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico working out?”

Khun Joe on February 6, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Joe, Sadly he’d say, “Just the way I want it to.”

TugboatPhil on February 6, 2011 at 3:36 PM

We could be energy independent – forever – if we could harness the liberals’ hate.

Karmi on February 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Someone needs to ask BHO, “How’s that drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico working out?”

drilling moratorium was lifted months ago

tlynch001 on February 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Is there anyone out there who does not believe that Obama is intentionally destroying our economy and culture?

GaltBlvnAtty on February 6, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Sadly, yes, there are lots of people that cannot or will not see that.

PakviRoti on February 6, 2011 at 3:55 PM

“Yet another energy story crosses our desk this morning which causes me to sigh and ask, “what the heck is wrong with our country?”

Is this a trick question?

JellyToast on February 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Natural gas and oil are so much more than energy. They are the very foundation and starting point for just about everything manufactured.

Kermit on February 6, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Here’s hoping Israel drinks Lebanon’s milkshake.

stvnscott on February 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

“what the heck is wrong with our country?

I believe they know exactly what they are doing, too bad it’s the wrong thing.

tinkerthinker on February 6, 2011 at 5:50 PM

drilling moratorium was lifted months ago

tlynch001 on February 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Immediately replaced with an illegal permitorium on both land and sea.

stvnscott on February 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

For you experts out there, given America’s vast known reserves, why haven’t we switched some of our foreign oil usage to domestic natural gas? Is there any reason beyond politics?

Knott Buyinit on February 6, 2011 at 6:12 PM

For you experts out there, given America’s vast known reserves, why haven’t we switched some of our foreign oil usage to domestic natural gas? Is there any reason beyond politics?

Knott Buyinit on February 6, 2011 at 6:12 PM

You mean as a replacement for gasoline?

Oldnuke on February 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM

For you experts out there, given America’s vast known reserves, why haven’t we switched some of our foreign oil usage to domestic natural gas? Is there any reason beyond politics?
Knott Buyinit on February 6, 2011 at 6:12 PM

You mean as a replacement for gasoline?
Oldnuke on February 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM

It would be perfectly feasible to require that all commercial freight transport be converted to compressed natural gas. That would mean all 18 wheelers, plus trucks like UPS, USPS, and FedEx. Those vehicles are large enough that the compressed gas cylinders could be fit in.

The cylinders could be replaced as units at truck stops and at commercial fueling depots. This would mean no need to refit standard gas stations.

Doing this ONE THING would (a) completely eliminate the need for overseas oil — we could meet our oil needs only with oil from this hemisphere, and (b) would provide for American jobs.

SunSword on February 6, 2011 at 6:38 PM

SunSword on February 6, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I won’t dispute your numbers, but I do take issue with one word in your post. Just who, exactly, is going to require private companies to use natural gas instead of the gasoline/diesel that they seem to prefer? The government? Why don’t we let the companies decide for themselves what they want to use. What would be different from the government mandating that all people buy health insurance. If natural gas becomes more cost effective than oil as for those private companies don’t you think they’ll switch all by themselves?

Oldnuke on February 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM

You mean as a replacement for gasoline?

Oldnuke on February 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Could be. Unlike hydrogen, the technology for natgas-powered vehicles is already here and workable.

Fuel cells will take over someday…but that day isn’t here yet.

Dark-Star on February 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Dark-Star on February 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Quite a few gas companies use natural gas for their own vehicles. A replacement for gas/diesel is the only thing I’m aware of that NG could sub for. There may be others but I don’t know what they are and oil is used for a lot of things. I like fuel cell tech too but so far I haven’t seen a lot of progress in that area. Even that has it’s drawbacks as hydrogen production would have a large electric power requirement and we’d have to get it from something. Right now we are very close to having a net negative energy balance for electricity nationwide. When there is a wide spread heat wave or cold spell our distribution systems get stressed now. Since we aren’t building a lot of power plants right now we don’t have a lot of wriggle room to play with.

Oldnuke on February 6, 2011 at 7:19 PM

drilling moratorium was lifted months ago

tlynch001 on February 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

You’re kidding, right?

Granted, the moritorium was lifted (by a judge, not by the 0 administration), but no permits have been granted since the BP thing. None. These people want the cheap, plentiful energy, but they won’t allow us to produce it, because a US oil company might actually make a profit on it. They love the milk, but they hate the cow.

iurockhead on February 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

There is nothing wrong with the country. We have an anti-American, Communist Jackass for a president, and that’s the problem. When we elect Palin, we’ll be fine.

SilentWatcher on February 6, 2011 at 7:46 PM

It would be perfectly feasible to require that all commercial freight transport be converted to compressed natural gas. That would mean all 18 wheelers, plus trucks like UPS, USPS, and FedEx. Those vehicles are large enough that the compressed gas cylinders could be fit in.

The cylinders could be replaced as units at truck stops and at commercial fueling depots. This would mean no need to refit standard gas stations.

Doing this ONE THING would (a) completely eliminate the need for overseas oil — we could meet our oil needs only with oil from this hemisphere, and (b) would provide for American jobs.

SunSword on February 6, 2011 at 6:38 PM

CNG steals too much of the load capacity from long haul trucks , LNG is feasible.

the_nile on February 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Israel is not run by folk who hate their own contry and are willing to sell it out in exchange for political power like our country is.

JIMV on February 6, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Israel is not run by folk who hate their own country and are willing to sell it out in exchange for political power like our country is.

JIMV on February 6, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Israel is not run by folk who hate their own country and are willing to sell it out in exchange for political power like our country is.

JIMV on February 6, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Don’t bet on it, they have their liberals too.

scotash on February 6, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Israel is not run by folk who hate their own country and are willing to sell it out in exchange for political power like our country is.

JIMV on February 6, 2011 at 7:57 PM

They also aren’t separated from nations they’ve bombed and shelled by an ocean on either side.

If America was bordered by Iraq and Afghanistan, and our cities got hit anywhere near as often, I bet our leaders would spend less time and energy on kicking hornet’s nests and more on finding solutions.

Dark-Star on February 6, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Could be. Unlike hydrogen, the technology for natgas-powered vehicles is already here and workable.

Fuel cells will take over someday…but that day isn’t here yet.

Dark-Star on February 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Hydrogen can easily be burned in internal combustion engines.

Dark-Star on February 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Quite a few gas companies use natural gas for their own vehicles. A replacement for gas/diesel is the only thing I’m aware of that NG could sub for. There may be others but I don’t know what they are and oil is used for a lot of things. I like fuel cell tech too but so far I haven’t seen a lot of progress in that area. Even that has it’s drawbacks as hydrogen production would have a large electric power requirement and we’d have to get it from something. Right now we are very close to having a net negative energy balance for electricity nationwide. When there is a wide spread heat wave or cold spell our distribution systems get stressed now. Since we aren’t building a lot of power plants right now we don’t have a lot of wriggle room to play with.

Oldnuke on February 6, 2011 at 7:19 PM

While at peak loads we do not have much almost no surplus electrical capacity, off peak we do have significant excess capacity, without forgetting the need for plant maintenance.

There are also other ways of producing hydrogen, other than separating it out of water. Some of which could improve the electrical generating capacity.

Slowburn on February 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

While at peak loads we do not have much almost no surplus electrical capacity, off peak we do have significant excess capacity, without forgetting the need for plant maintenance.

There are also other ways of producing hydrogen, other than separating it out of water. Some of which could improve the electrical generating capacity.

Slowburn on February 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

So we make hydrogen only in the spring and fall, or when the sun goes down if it’s not too hot or cold? Power plants are typically scheduled for outages in the spring and fall when peak demand is off. I’ve even scheduled outages of short duration for holiday weekends just to avoid interrupting moderate demand periods during the week. Doesn’t matter what process you use to manufacture hydrogen it will still take a large energy input of some kind. You don’t get something for nothing except in the liberal fantasyland of unicorns and fairy dust.

Oldnuke on February 6, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Of course, we’re sitting on massive reserves of natural gas here in the United States, only the government seems to be taking the opposite approach and hindering our efforts to capture and utilize it.

Want to know what’s wrong with the country. Look in the mirror at one of the mealy mouth moderates who put Obama in power.

Why don’t you write another article attacking Palin?

Basilsbest on February 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Oldnuke on February 6, 2011 at 9:51 PM

The process for getting hydrogen from coal makes coke which should burn clean enough that the scrubbers could be taken off line, giving a significant increase in electrical output.

Slowburn on February 6, 2011 at 10:33 PM

If only they could harness the apoplexy of the jihadis!

profitsbeard on February 6, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Either the Dept of Energy does what it was created to do, make us energy independent, or get rid of it. Get rid of it anyway and we can still become energy independent.

Mirimichi on February 6, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Want to know what’s wrong with the country. Look in the mirror at one of the mealy mouth moderates who put Obama in power. Why don’t you write another article attacking Palin? Basilsbest on February 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

The “moderates” are the people Ayn Rand warned us about.

‘There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.

The moderates are the ones who bring the poison.

Mojave Mark on February 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Don’t bet on it, they have their liberals too.

scotash on February 6, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Understatement and they are not just leftists.

Here’s hoping Israel drinks Lebanon’s milkshake slurpy.

stvnscott on February 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Fixed it for us. :)

If America was bordered by Iraq and Afghanistan, and our cities got hit anywhere near as often, I bet our leaders would spend less time and energy on kicking hornet’s nests and more on finding solutions.

Dark-Star on February 6, 2011 at 9:06 PM

One either fumigates a hornets nest so that there are no hornets left or burns it down, forcing any surviving hornets to build a new nest elsewhere, instinctively no longer nearby.

Shy Guy on February 7, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Drill, baby drill. Drill here. Drill now.

(If you don’t, we’ll primary you outta here next time around.)

petefrt on February 7, 2011 at 2:02 AM

Slowburn on February 6, 2011 at 10:33 PM

The production of coke from coal requires steam, lots of high pressure steam. Where does that steam come from? Any way you look at it the conversion of energy from one form to another takes more energy. I don’t disagree that this may be a viable option but I think it makes more sense to continue to use oil but to use more of our own oil which would require that we explore and drill more. I say if there’s oil under it we drill and the caribou will just have to get used to it.

Oldnuke on February 7, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Don’t worry, once the dems have brought down the country to make way for their marxist paradise, they will free up all these energy reserves and scuttle regs to prop up their regime.

eaglewingz08 on February 7, 2011 at 7:44 AM

But…But..But what about global warming? We are under about 6 feet of snow right now but Uncle AlGore assured us GW is coming!

Herb on February 7, 2011 at 10:39 AM

but the U.S. government is botching efforts to build the pipelines and other infrastructure required to take full advantage of it across all of North America.

That article seems to be saying that gas prices are not high enough to make the pipeline worthwhile.

Count to 10 on February 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

If you’re happy with this then sit on your butts and do nothing. If you are outraged then save your pennies and support true conservatives in the 2012 election.

RadioFreeUSA on February 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Especially the grassroots candidate with extensive experience dealing in energy matters! :)

dominigan on February 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Even if some of this reservoir lies in Lebanon’s waters, what oil company is going to want to do business with the crazy screwed-up hezbulluh government mess there? That country is one big suicide bomber.

slickwillie2001 on February 7, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Just wanted to drop in a big thanks to everyone that took the time to answer my question about switching some of our foreign oil usage to domestic natural gas. Sounds like the bottom line is, yes, it is technically feasible, just perhaps not completely economically feasible right now. I also agree with the idea that the government ought not mandate natural gas usage – with the proviso that they shouldn’t put up disincentives, either.

Knott Buyinit on February 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM