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"World's growing dependence on coal leaving a trail
of environmental devastation"
...it's time we stopped shooting ourselves in the foot.
There was a time when our actions had little
impact on our neighbors. 100 years ago the global
population was 1/3 of today's 6.6 billion people
and the economy was 1/20 the size. At that time,
most of our environmental impacts were local,
and the biosphere could absorb, clean up or
camouflage those waste products.
Not today. Billions of people are striving
for a better life, growing a global supply chain
and the resultant pollution that knows no boundaries.
With 10% GDP growth rates, India and China are
straining to develop new energy generation.
Yet they are following the same development
path burning coal. Their new found wealth
is coming at a horrible price. The locals are
choking on the sooty emissions and the
trade winds transport CO2 and acidic
If you had a friend who was bleeding from a
cut, you would instinctively stop the bleeding
since continuous loss of blood will cause
death. A planetary doctor would prescribe that
we stop the most damaging impacts by humans.
You'll read that we are already killing ourselves
in many countries from coal-fired power
plants across the oceans. Their pollution
is ours their problems are ours
and ours are theirs. We need to solve them together.
I wish I knew how to get smart people to stop
doing dumb things. We do have the "new
magic solution" mentioned in the
enclosed article. Simply stated link
the abundant local and remote renewable energy
resources into the electric grid so that all
of us can have access to clean electricity.
Until we can sequester CO2, it's
time to say "no" to new coal-fired
generation and to offer cleaner, reliable energy
solutions for our growing world.
p.s. Starting on March 11th, GENI
is sponsoring a teleseminar with 6 leading business
and thought leaders who studied with Buckminster
Fuller. You can hear them free at: ??? My request: please share this link with your
p.p.s. Please consider renewing your
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