US and Israel Energy Miracles May Fuel the Future: Opinion

As energy shortages convulse Europe and Asia, the United States and Israel find themselves in the enviable position of not only having sufficient energy production to meet domestic needs, but also an excess to export in support of global energy flows. more stable.

This represents a tectonic shift for our two historically energy-vulnerable nations and opens up previously unimaginable potential for us to partner for our mutual benefit as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ensuring the free passage of energy from the Persian Gulf to supply both the United States and other importers such as Israel has been a key pillar of our Middle East and energy policies for decades.

Those of us old enough to remember the crisis of the 1970s with skyrocketing prices and endless gas lines know very well how critical this source of energy has been to our economy and how sensitive we have been to its disruption. These memories make images of modern gas lines in the UK and Germany’s desperate fight for supplemental coal supplies even more jarring, especially as they have been self-inflicted by irresponsible energy policies implemented in the name of climate change.

Both the United States and Israel can learn from this sorry state of affairs and avoid a similar fate, while we take advantage of our radically new energy stance. Even with ample supply, we are both still vulnerable to price spikes, but the answer to this problem is not increased imports from the Gulf. We don’t need to ask for help to do this when we can do it ourselves by boosting production and, more importantly, by encouraging exploration and development of new resources.

A 55 MEGAWATT solar power plant in southern Israel. (credit: MOSHE SHAI / FLASH90)

In addition, the US can strongly support the proposed gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt for export through the facilities near Alexandria. We can revisit the Eastern Mediterranean pipeline that would give Europe a much-needed alternative to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. These prudent investments will now ensure that the citizens of our two countries enjoy the abundant energy with which they have been blessed, even as we continue to explore further diversification of supply through renewable and alternative energy such as hydrogen.

US President Joe Biden, 13 senior members of his administration, and their assistant staff are descending en masse on Glasgow, Scotland, for the UN-sponsored COP26 climate change conference. This huge delegation is the physical embodiment of the administration’s stated intention to prioritize climate change as the strategic driver of policy across the US government, as noted on the first day of Biden’s term when he canceled the Keystone Pipeline on the grounds that the United States would be aggressively moving away from fossil fuels, so the project was already an anachronism.

This desire to mitigate climate change is certainly well-intentioned, and the lofty goals and aspirations are admirable, but they must be linked to reality if there is any hope of achieving them.

The sad reality is that, right now, neither the United States nor Israel can impact climate change alone. While it is true that the United States is historically the world’s largest polluter, it has also done much to reverse this trend, primarily through conversion to clean natural gas, which has also helped Israel reduce emissions by more than 3%. During last year. The People’s Republic of China is now the world’s largest carbon emitter, a status it achieved in 2006. In 2019, the People’s Republic of China added supremacy in greenhouse gas emissions.

While President Xi made some widely praised promises at the September meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to begin China’s path to net zero, his actual subsequent actions show us that he is far more interested in sticking to the initiative of the Belt and Road of China on the right track. As the energy crisis worsened in October, carbon promises went out the window as the People’s Republic of China has doubled down on coal, the top source of global emissions, speeding up the construction of new plants in China and even considering reversing your promise to stop building. new plants outside. As a final insult, President Xi refused to attend COP26 himself, sending only his climate envoy. Clearly, Xi has bigger fish to fry.

In light of this reality, it is ridiculous that the United States continues to pamper China as a “developing” nation. Rather, the United States should recognize that the Xi regime has no sense of obligation to the world it is polluting. Instead of embracing a UN-driven agenda in Glasgow that will disproportionately burden America, we should embrace other friendly, free-market producers like Israel and coordinate our efforts for the benefit of the world.

Fred Zeidman is Co-Chair of the Council for a Secure America and Victoria Coates is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and a former Deputy National Security Advisor for Middle East and North Africa Affairs.

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