M a r c h  2 0 1 1 — Volume 19, Issue 4
The GENI-us Letter

Multiple Accidents In The Energy World:
Gulf Oil Spill, U.S. And Chinese Coal Mine Collapses,
Japan Nuclear Meltdown --

It's Time For A New Energy Plan

Dear GENI Friend,

This past year, we have experienced a series of terrible accidents that accompany our constant search for more energy.  Our thirst for oil takes us further into deep waters.  Our coal-fired power plants require miners to risk health and life in underground seams.  Nuclear energy, once “too cheap to meter,” can release radiation that remains toxic forever.  You rarely hear about an accident at a solar array, a wind farm, a geothermal or biomass plant. It’s time to tell the truth about our energy costs.  It’s time for a new energy plan – one that’s based on safe, abundant, clean energy sources

Numerous Low Carbon Technologies are Available to Meet the Need for Electricity at Lower Cost than Nuclear

Sources: California Energy Commission, “Comparative Costs of California Central Station Electricity Generation”, Jan 2010. 

Lazard, “Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis” – Ver. 3.0, June 2009. 

Energy Information Administration, “Cost of New Electricity Generating Capacity” in the Annual Energy Outlook, 2011.

Often the proponents of fossil fuels and nuclear energy state that ‘renewables cost too much’ or ‘they can’t supply the needs of our modern global economy.’  It’s true that renewable technologies may initially cost more to build, but once commissioned the fuel is freeThe authorities in the above studies show many competitive clean energy options.  And while we currently use solar, wind and geothermal for just 4% of global energy demand, our global potential capacity is for thousands of times more than we could ever use!

The energy choices we make today will determine the world we leave to our children.  It’s time for a new energy plan.  Doesn’t it make sense to invest in clean and abundant renewables, and not energy resources prone to costly accidents?  We are republishing our article entitled Flip the Old Energy Model Upside-Down,” and invite you to share this with your friends, leaders in government and media contacts. 

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen
Peter Meisen


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