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The GENI-us Letter
Economic Development vs. Global Climate Change
Dear GENI Friend,
you have no electricity you have no business."
"Electricity makes a huge difference. You can cook, iron, study at night."
Two simple statements that go to the core of electricity access. Since
apartheid was outlawed in 1994 in South Africa, electrical access to households
has doubled with the goal to get all homes connected to the grid.
On the other hand, the production of electricity is a major contributor
to climate change. The fossil fuels, coal and natural gas, remain the
prime resources for global power production. As a result, since 1900 the
CO2 content in the atmosphere has grown from 280 parts per
million to 380 ppm. This increase is projected to continue as China, India
and developing nations grow their economies.
Here's the dilemma:
- Everyone wants to
improve their living standard.
- Electrical energy
is fundamental to that development.
- Yet most energy
production uses CO2 emitting fossil fuels.
GENI has been privileged to join the Global Roundtable on Climate Change
(GROCC) hosted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University. See www.grocc.org
150 institutions, corporations and academics will be meeting over three
years to dig deeper into the climate issue. The GROCC will propose strategies
to mitigate the sources of this pollution and still maintain economic
You and I are fortunate to have been born in a first world nation. We
can take full advantage of a vibrant economy. Electricity makes this possible,
yet 1.6 billion people remain in the dark every day. Electricity generated
from wind, solar, hydro and geothermal creates no CO2 emissions.
solves this economy vs. environment dilemma. As a supporter
and endorser, your partnership
makes this work possible. Thank you.
In partnership for the planet,
The Matching Grant Program from our GENI Board is continuing, so all new
will be doubled! Call
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The Global Energy
Network Institute focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks
between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable
energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game
simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.
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