Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. If you’ve been following the news then you’re aware of our electricity crisis. As I’m sure you’re aware, Gebran Bassil of the March 8th camp has issued a warning as to what could happen if his proposal is not approved, indicating that March 8th ministers will resign from cabinet  “if this issue is not solved and we are unproductive.” I fail to see how approving or rejecting his particular proposal makes the government productive or not. Not that I’m especially fond of Najib Mikati’s proposal either, as developing power plants is environmentally unfriendly. But why deliver such an ultimatum?

My fellow Lebanese, I have never appreciated political bullying. It’s stupid and it leads to dire consequences for all on so many fronts: political, economic, social, and in this particular context, also environmental. Here’s the fun part…before all of this, we pledged to have eco-friendly energy plans. We pledged to have 20% of our energy come from renewable sources by 2020 at the Paris Summit Meeting of the Heads of States and Governments of the Mediterranean Basin  on July 13, 2008. We later reduced that amount to 12%, and are now being threatend into spending over 856 million dollars in an energy project will cause severe water, air and soil pollution. Think about the fumes, the oil leaks, the permanent loss of oil resources, the damage done to marine life, and more. Believe it or not, at the Paris Summit Meeting we said that we would use windmill power. Establishing a wind turbine farm and having it generate electricity for us with no environmental consequences is a far better…and more permanent…solution. It would last longer than either the ships or new power plants, and in the long run, would be far cheaper. This is what we promised our own people and foreign governments…but we’re being bullied into ships instead? In the name of productivity when we actually pledged to have eco-friendly energy plans four years ago? Hmmm.

 

 

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