Landau: Natural gas for cars can free us from oil (JERUSALEM POST) By SHARON UDASIN 05/22/12)
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Rather than continuing to heavily pollute the air and fund Arab
governments by using fuel oil, more Israelis will soon be able to
turn to natural gas to power their automobiles, the Energy and Water
Ministry said on Monday.
“Citizens of the Western world, and we among them, suffer from an
addiction to black gold, which pollutes the environments, and some of
whose revenues stimulate Islamic terrorism,” Energy and Water
Minister Uzi Landau said. “Israel gas discoveries open for us a
window to fight this addiction.”
While compressed natural gas is already available for certain cars in
Israel, the ministry recently initiated an Israeli standard on
propelling vehicles with the substance, which would enable its use on
a more regulated, widespread level, the ministry said.
Simultaneously, the ministry is working on the publication of a
second Israeli standard to deal with refueling stations that
distribute natural gas. The ministry expressed confidence that the
two standards would soon become official.
Standards are documents stating technical specifications for products
to ensure that they are suited for their intended purpose, according
to the Standards Institute.
After being approved by the Standards Institute, a standard is
voluntary, until the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry determines
that all or part of it is binding, usually on the basis of elements
such as public health, safety and environmental quality. Then it
becomes an official standard.
From a strategic perspective – in which Israel seeks to diversify its
breadth of energy resources, reduce its dependence on crude oil and
reap the benefits of its recent natural gas discoveries – using
natural gas to power cars will be extremely beneficial, according to
In establishing these new standards, Israel will become one of only a
few countries with two complementary standards on ensuring the
quality and safety of compressed natural gas – one for handling the
product, the gas, and the second for fueling stations, the ministry
Because building gas stations requires comprehensive planning and
licensing procedures, once the standards are complete, renovations
will be made on existing natural gas refueling stations under the
framework of National Master Plan 18, the ministry explained. This
way, the standards will enable both the establishment of new stations
as well as their integration with existing gas fueling stations.
“The State of Israel, with and without connection to the Western
world, must achieve for itself independence in everything that is
related to fuel that powers a vehicle. We are committed to doing our
part in this struggle, because it is in our soul,” Landau said.
“Oil is a powerful weapon. And liberation from it is a demanding
struggle. This war for independence can triumph without firing a
single bullet.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/22/12)
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