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The GENI-us Letter

GENI Endorsers Win The Nobel Peace Prize
United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Reports Global Risk

Dear GENI Friend,

Former Vice President, Al Gore, and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, President of the UN Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change (IPCC), received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work to combat climate change.  The Nobel committee sees the relationship between the environment and peace — and so do we.

I've met both men several times in the past decade, and each has endorsed the GENI Initiative:

"A global energy network makes enormous sense if we are to meet global energy needs with a minimal impact on the world's environment." - Al Gore.

"Interconnecting grids internationally would permit the generation and transfer of electricity at least possible cost, which would not only ensure efficient utilization of natural resources, but also provide access top tapping efficiently generated powers across international boundaries.  The environmental and economic benefits from this approach could have revolutionary significance." - Dr. Pachauri.

It's an honor to have their support. Even more important is to accelerate this work.  Achim Steiner has just issued the UNEP's 5 year report on our planet's health. The prognosis is not good.  The risks from population growth, deforestation, biodiversity and fishery loss threaten human sustainability. And while climate change will require a 50% cut in carbon emissions by 2050, government actions have been woefully inadequate. (see attached

While leading the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Achim Steiner endorsed the GENI strategy, stating that "current patterns of energy production, transport and use are both unsustainable and carry significant risks for society. The IUCN is therefore very pleased to endorse the work of GENI."  These endorsements are important — but what's needed now is for business leaders and governments to change policy and practice. We'll keep pushing — and we invite you to renew your financial pledge today so we can drive even faster.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. GENI will be exhibiting at the World Energy Conference, Nov 11-15.  If you're in Rome, please use the ticket and come see us.  If not, stay informed daily at: www.geni.org/whatsnew/

p.p.s. Please consider renewing your GENI pledge. It will make a real difference in our work.

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Updated: 2007/08/30

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