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Santo Domingo. – An Israeli environmentalist and clean energy pioneer on Monday unwittingly revealed what many people suspect; that special interests are behind the Dominican Government’s decision to fund two coal-fired power plants, despite rebuke from the pollution they’ll spew.

Yosef Abramowitz said two years ago he proposed to then president Leonel Fernandez, a US$300 million investment to install 100 MW plant within one year, but the government didn’t respond.

Speaking in a conference at Blue Mall hosted by the National Business Environmental Protection Support Network (Ecored) and the Dominican-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, Abramowitz said he presented a new proposal to the government in December, this time to install a 50-megawatt plant, at half the initial cost, but again has yet to be contacted.

He said despite Dominican Republic’s geographical position and climatic conditions to generate twice the solar energy as other countries, that advantage has yet to be exploited.

He affirmed that given the fact that electricity is among the country's main problems, a quick solution would be install solar panels to produce clean energy in less time, stressing  that it ensures a rapid return on investment and long-term savings, “allowing the country to make a greater contribution in terms of environmental protection.”

Abramowitz, quoted by diariolibre.com, criticized the government’s announced coal-fired plants, instead of opting for renewable energy. "Solar energy is the future. Coal plants take years to perform and generate dirty energy, while solar panels are installed in less time and generate clean energy."

He said although the country has the opportunity to become a leader in clean energy initiatives, the solution depends on the willingness to change its energy generation and support by the government. "Dominican Republic pays too much for energy. If you want to boost your economy and overcome the nagging power problems, and work to improve the environment, then solar energy is the solution."

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24 comment(s)
Written by: RobertoJose, 9 Jul 2013 9:01 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.... ((You're blind to the fact that you're blind))
Watch the backlash..... The guy with the funny hat will say something about this, he doesn't know what side is he on and if it doesn't make monies for leonel then it's a bad idea.
Written by: Gringo_1, 9 Jul 2013 9:18 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
These coal fired plants will do more harm to the environment and kill more people than any gold mine. They last forever and continuously spew out harmful contaminants. Anything built and operated here will be way below the world standards and norms.
Written by: josean, 9 Jul 2013 9:22 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Doesn't Yosef translate to something like josean?


"Yosef Abramowitz said two years ago he proposed to then president Leonel Fernandez, a US$300 million investment to install 100 MW plant within one year, but the government didn’t respond."

Lie-onel is the greatest enemy the Dominican People have ever faced in History!





Written by: RobertoJose, 9 Jul 2013 9:28 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.... ((You're blind to the fact that you're blind))
Leonel should be taken out back and dealt with .....
Written by: walnut, 9 Jul 2013 9:40 AM
From: Dominican Republic, La Romana
This man is a modern day genius with a mission to help provide solar energy to one billion people.
He has many similar projects in other countries that will provide cleaner and cheaper energy.

And who now stands in his way, President Danilo? You?
Hire his company and let them bring their own engineers and security people.

Those GD Israelis again.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 9 Jul 2013 9:54 AM
From: United States


A U$300 millions investment?

Solar energy is EXTREMELY expensive.. 150 millions for the solar panels..
150 millions for the Israeli engineer.

Guillermo "the thief" Moreno should be "in charge" of that negotiation.. :)
Written by: UnderCover, 9 Jul 2013 10:18 AM
From: United States
If that photo dose not creep you... than you have smoke for brains.

It took...one of God's people to explain to the public: "despite Dominican Republic’s geographical position and climatic conditions to generate twice the solar energy as other countries, that advantage has yet to be exploited." ... etc.

Think about that for a moment, and it makes you wonder... maybe the system doesn't want to do the right thing. Instead they really just want to keep grabbing land and selling OUR resources to outsiders. The Land cronies can't make any money going solar, they need to exploit the land and make $$ at the same time for their own pockets.

He made a phone call for a cleaner and healthier option to generate power in DR, and still no return call from the Government.... it's obvious they will not be personally benefiting, so why return the call to Yosef Abramowitz.
Written by: josean, 9 Jul 2013 10:23 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



I would love tosee the HaMossad leModi's File on Narco Lie-onel after all his Begging Tours in the Arab countries!



Written by: UnderCover, 9 Jul 2013 10:29 AM
From: United States
Solar is expensive (depending on supplier) ... but in the long run, it's 10 times better than excavating, drilling, mining, and killing the environment, and killing ECO system of an ISLAND!!!

You live on a island not a Continent.. wake up look at the FKN Google Map.... that's all you have to live on... for generations to come.
Written by: cibaeño75, 9 Jul 2013 10:56 AM
From: United States, New York City
"An Israeli environmentalist and clean energy pioneer on Monday unwittingly revealed what many people suspect; that special interests are behind the Dominican Government’s decision to fund two coal-fired power plants"

LOL I must laugh. Yosef Abramowitz is a co-founder of the Arava Power Company, which is in the field of providing solar energy(It's a COMPANY so I doubt that they do it out of the goodness of their hearts for God's sake). So I guess Abramowitz doesn't qualify as a member of special interest group himself...yea right.
Written by: walnut, 9 Jul 2013 11:09 AM
From: Dominican Republic, La Romana
Cib...
Semantics can be confusing to some.
Currently, the "special interest groups" are raping, stealing and ignoring the needs of the people.
His "special interest group" is an actual company providing needed services to those with intelligence to recognize they need it and he can and would provide a solution. That is a win-win, no?
Written by: cibaeño75, 9 Jul 2013 11:14 AM
From: United States, New York City
So what's your solution, walnut? Let in other rapers and thieves? No thanks. Let him reach his target of weaning the Israeli state off of fossil fuels and then maybe we can talk. Let him go fleece another bunch of suckers for the energy source he is promulgating is still an expensive alternative for the Dominican state in the present. If it were so cheap and viable it wouldn't be a hard sell. Bottom line. And it's not semantics. He is a co-founder of a company wishing to do business in DR. You may see some altruistic motives in all this but I do not.
Written by: RobertoJose, 9 Jul 2013 11:30 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.... ((You're blind to the fact that you're blind))
I rather trust a foreigner than a dominican political puppet and puppeteer. The dominicans already have shown that they're not capable of managing this island by allowing a crook like leonel build a metro for 5% of the population while the rest pay for it without the use of it.

Politicians are being locked up all over the world but, in DR they are free to do what they please. Where is the democracy and transparency our grandfathers fought for.
Written by: Cacique, 9 Jul 2013 11:35 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Private company or no, paleface with coal plant speak with forked tongue, no cheap, coal kill hunting ground, poison papoose, no come, tribe fight, Peace!
Written by: anbro2007, 9 Jul 2013 11:45 AM
From: United States
He is trying to get into business, that is all. The D.R. has the potential of producing 10,000 MW of wind power, and no one is talking about that. This energy is much cheaper then solar energy, but so long as you talk to closed doors, no one will hear you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fu... Government Mafia!!!
Written by: josean, 9 Jul 2013 11:55 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Between "josean" Abramowitz and Lie-onel who has more credibility?



Written by: generoso, 9 Jul 2013 12:29 PM
From: Dominican Republic, "Good fences, make good neighbors"
Are all Dominicans so naive?
This guy is just trying to make some shekels (Israeli currency) whiiiiiiiining.
Written by: anthonyC, 9 Jul 2013 7:25 PM
From: United States


" An Israeli environmentalist and clean energy pioneer on Monday unwittingly revealed what many people suspect; that special interests are behind the Dominican Government’s decision to fund two coal-fired power plants,"


Anybody else get the hypocrisy of the above statement?




Written by: josean, 9 Jul 2013 7:28 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Cuban TERRORIST opinions are worthless!


Written by: zooma, 10 Jul 2013 8:01 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

It is a given that solar generated and wind power sources are eco friendly. However, the initial cost to construct these systems is high. The positive aspect of these systems is over time they are cheaper to operate as revenue is used to maintain the equipment and support only. The fossil fuel plants require maintenance, support, and the dreaded purchase of foreign fuel. The fuel purchase is a gauntlet of steadily increasing prices, a dent in the balance of payments of foreign debt, a stress on consumer prices, and slows economic growth.

Those government bureaucrats who wish to invest taxpayer money into coal plants have agenda other than the future well-being of the country. One does not have to be an expert to figure that out !

Written by: josean, 10 Jul 2013 8:40 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


All the members of the PLD are volunteering to put up their properties so the Pot Ash waste from this DIRTY Technology can be deposited in their backyards!

In fact Lie-onel will welcome truck loads to be dumped at FUNGLODE, it already is a CESSPOOL!

Written by: airgordo, 10 Jul 2013 8:43 AM
From: Dominican Republic
100 MW for 300 million, i think this guy is F@king INSANE or a Clown! the PROBLEM of the DR is Loooong way from 100 MW deficit!! it requires REAL power closing to the GIGA watt, with 300 Million USD there can be a plant 2 or 3 times what he porposes!
Written by: josean, 10 Jul 2013 11:02 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Dear DT EDITOR,


I humbly and respectfully suggest that “josean” Abramowitz be invited to write a more thorough article on the benefits of solar electrical power production versus “so-called clean coal” in laymen’s terms so we could have a clearer understanding of the subject matter.

I would venture to say that the Coal Power Electrical Generation Plants that are being proposed in DR don’t come with the latest State of the Art Emissions Scrubbing Technology, which even then is not so clean.

.......Also the plan for the disposal of the byproduct Ash Waste is not mentioned in the Pretty PURPLE press releases form the PLD government on these "marvelous" contraptions of the 19th century!

continued:

Written by: josean, 10 Jul 2013 11:03 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

The UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTIST who seems to know a little about the subject says:

“Waste created by a typical coal plant includes more than 125,000 tons of ash and 193,000 tons of sludge from the smokestack scrubber each year. Nationally, at least 42 percent of coal combustion waste ponds and landfills are unlined. “

“Toxic substances in the waste—including arsenic, mercury, chromium, and cadmium—can contaminate drinking water supplies and damage vital human organs and the nervous system.”

ucsusa.org/clean_energy/coalvswind/c02d.html


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