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Environment minister: Israel must immediately halt investment in fossil fuels

Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg talks with green NGOs from Israel attending the COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, November 2, 2021. (Sue Surkes/Times of Israel)
Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg talks with green NGOs from Israel attending the COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, November 2, 2021. (Sue Surkes/Times of Israel)

Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg says the country must halt any future investments in fossil fuels, including the development of new gas and oilfields.

In a letter to Energy Minister Karine Elharar, Zandberg writes that following Israel’s pledge to commit to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050, the state must end its dependence on fossil fuels and set out a plan “to gradually but quickly divest from them.”

“The immediate step required is a complete cessation of investments in new fossil fuels,” writes Zandberg, “including those that incentivize and enable the development of oil and gas fields.”

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