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Should the Middle East and North African nations go Nuclear .... or Solar?

Dear GENI Friend,

In three weeks, the World Energy Congress meets in Rome to address "The Energy Future in an Interdependent World." The Middle East and North African (MENA) nations are interconnected today linked across borders via gas pipelines, electric grids, telecommunications, the Internet and global finance.

Today, the MENA nations are engaged in a critical and delicate discussion — should they follow Iran's lead and develop nuclear energy? This decision is one that will forever change the geo-political dynamic of the region. But there is a more sophisticated and elegant option!

While all MENA nations now utilize fossil fuels for domestic use and export income, the region receives enough solar radiation to power all the electrical needs of the world, many times over! So why go nuclear? It is expensive, creates toxic waste, and sets up a regional arms race.

Recently, the 4th MENA Renewable Energy Conference met in Syria and signed a key agreement. The Damascus Declaration "supports the use of all forms of renewable energy and in particular large scale renewable energy systems, such as solar thermal and wind, in the MENA countries to satisfy their own energy needs as well as to export to European countries."

We ask that you review the enclosed report with your staff. Ask your experts:

  • What's the potential capacity of all the solar, wind and geothermal resources in your nation?
  • Could you meet your electrical requirements form these non carbon resources?
  • How could these renewables be integrated into your electric grid and provide the reliability, security and immediate power that your citizens require?
  • Can cross-border cooperation create a strategic partnership that's mutually beneficial?

You'll see that the GENI Initiative advocates the interconnection of renewable energy resources between all nations as a priority objective. It's about cooperation between renewable developers, utilities and neighboring nations. Renewable energy is an untapped asset waiting to be harvested sustainably every day.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


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Updated: 2007/08/30

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