Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. Did any of you hear about our latest energy project? An Iranian oil company will soon start drilling in our waters. This is in conjunction with another project (worth $10 million!) where we will receive electricity from Iran in five years time. 

Lebanon, this is indicative of a political trend, which, regardless of your political affiliations, cannot be good for the country. It leads to political marginalization on the international level, and our dependency on a larger power. |As a country where we have roughly 300 sunny days out of 365, we have a source of clean, renewable energy that pays for itself with time. Nor is this the only source of renewable energy available for use. Lebanon pledged to invest in hydroelectric power in order to have 20% of our energy come from renewable energy sources. We have fallen short of our pledge.

Now,  we are inviting more foreign intervention, and will be polluting our environment even further. The process of digging for oil, treating it, and eventually, the fumes that will waft through our air from these facilities are devastating, and unnecessary. We have the ability to use renewable energy.

Lebanon, we deserve political independence and a clean environment.  Regardless of your political affiliation, we can all agree that we need to maintain a clean environment, and achieve political independence. We can do this if we invest in sources of renewable energy. We can do it, Lebanon!!