GENI Articles, Opinion Editorials, Papers
- Changing The Way We Look At Climate
January, 2012, by Marsha Kay Seff, San Diego Downtown News.
Meisen likens the current global situation to the Titanic.
“The unsinkable Titanic hits the iceberg and two-thirds of the ship’s
passengers and crew were lost,” he said. “What if the captain had ample
warning of the danger that lay ahead? The history of that fateful event would
be altered forever.”
Today, he continued, the ship is much bigger and we
are all crewmembers, not just passengers. “Do we have the capacity to mobilize before hitting the proverbial iceberg?” he asked.
- The Climate Change Challenge — Can
we turn the Titanic before it’s too late?
We’ve seen the movie and we know the outcome. The
unsinkable Titanic hits the iceberg and two-thirds of the ships passengers and
crew were lost. What if the captain had ample warning of the danger that lay
ahead? The history of that fateful event would be altered forever... we have 60 months, and the clock is ticking...
The Old Energy Model Upside Down
It's almost hard
to imagine. Mankind has had access to electricity for only 130 years. In just
over a century, we have extended transmission lines, light bulbs and refrigeration
to nearly 5 billion people around the world. This extraordinary feat has elevated
three-quarters of humanity out of the daily toil experienced by our pre-Edison
generations. Still 25% of humanity lives without access to electrical services
- spending their days in labor, fetching water and wood, preparing food and farming
simply to survive. In the past four decades alone, we've landed a man on the moon
and launched satellites to explore the universe. How large a task, given our technology,
to electrify the rest of humanity?
Climate Change – Follow the Money
is the challenge of our time. It's not our only global problem: terrorism, water
shortages, fishery depletion, pervasive hunger and poverty all persist on the
planet. Yet climate affects everything, and how we deal with this issue will make
matters better or worse for all the rest.
Cooperation — Decades in the Making
After WWI, President Woodrow
Wilson said, "the highest and best form of efficiency is the spontaneous cooperation
of a free people." Where is the evidence of spontaneous cooperation in our world
today? Historically, it seems that the cause of war — Pearl Harbor, Iraq's invasion
of Kuwait and September 11th — will catalyze a society and nations to cooperate.
Must we have our backs to the wall, or is it possible for a compelling vision
to create spontaneous cooperation?
A Crisis of Ignorance
Jan 12, 2001
"There is no energy shortage,
there is no energy crisis, there is a crisis of ignorance." Buckminster Fuller
Over three decades ago, visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller made the statement
that seems heretical today. Any rational person viewing our energy quagmire would
dismiss Dr. Fuller's notion as utopian and out of touch. Yet it's possible that
our present situation in California and the Western U.S. has everyone focused
on immediate answers -- and that few are asking the larger questions.
Renewable Energy Resources Around the World:- A Compelling Global Strategy
Feb 2, 1998 - IEEE/Power Engineering Society
The expansion of high-voltage
AC and DC interconnected systems continues to develop around the world. The power
pools of North America, UCPTE, CENTREL, the CIS and Nordel networks are proven
energy infrastructure -- providing enormous cost savings in power trading, reduced
capacity requirements and emergency backup. Economic growth in Latin America,
India, China and Southeast Asia is driving the demand for more capacity and the
transmission systems to deliver this power.
Electricity for Peace: A Compelling Global Strategy
1997 - The Bulletin
of Science, Technology & Society, Vol 17, No 4
East and West Germany
connected two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Israel and Jordan initiated
interconnections after the Washington Declaration. Now electrical inter-ties are
also planned between North and South Korea and between Turkey and Iran. As former
enemies tear down their walls, they are also building important economic bridges
— electrical energy bridges.
Transmission: False Fear or Global Solution?
Dec./Jan. 1997 - Vol
X No 6
Fear is a prime motivator of mankind, whether the fear is real
or unfounded. Since 1979, electromagnetic fields (EMF) have been vilified by some
environmentalists as a cause of childhood leukemia. Power transmission lines were
suspected as the carriers of this unseen danger, and utility opponents blocked
projects and advocated the re-routing or burial of lines -- at tremendous additional
expense to the power companies and ultimately to the consumer.
the Right Question for Spaceship Earth
Nov 1997 - Asia Engineer
World leaders, probably with the best intentions, hold summit meeting after
summit meeting to discuss environmental problems, but nothing seems to change.
It is time to consider another approach — one that seeks a global cure for a global
No cure for a sick world?
Nov 3, 1997, No 21, - Chemistry and Industry
Five years ago, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders met in Rio
de Janeiro for the Earth Summit. They pledged to take better care of our planet;
reducing pollution, protecting biodiversity and saving rainforests. At the United
Nations last month, Rio+5 convened to assess our collective progress. In almost
every category, any objective reporter would give us a failing grade. The headline
nearly screamed, World leaders say "Earth is sick, but fail to agree on a cure."
- The Missing Link
Apr 1997, Issue 3- Sustain - Newsletter of the World Business Council for Sustainable
Electricity's essential quality was first pointed out more
than two decades ago by inventor, scientist and mathematician, R. Buckminster
Fuller, who argued that it was the common denominator of all society's infra-systems
- food, shelter, health-care, sewage, transportation, communication, education
renewable energy resources around the world
Autumn, 1996 - The Sustainable
Energy Journal - Issue 2
The relationship of electricity, and especially
electricity based on the planet's income energy (renewable resources) over capital
resources (non-renewable resources), was discovered over two decades ago by inventor,
scientist and mathematician, R. Buckminster Fuller. Based on his thorough cataloguing
of the earth's resources and assessment of human survival needs.
renewable resources around the world: a compelling global strategy
July 1996 - IEEE Power Engineering Review - July, 1996
Today, over two
billion people in developing countries live without any electricity. They lead
lives of misery, walking miles every day for water and firewood, just to survive.
What if there was an existing, viable technology, that when developed to its highest
potential could: * increase everyone's standard of living * cut fossil fuel demand
and the resultant pollution * relieve the population explosion * reduce world
hunger * cut deforestation, topsoil loss, and spreading of deserts * enhance world
trade * promote international cooperation and peace
April 1995, Vol 64, No 4 - Simulation
As a result
of early research, GENI identified a major limitation for the industry's wider
use of interconnection of large scale, renewable energy resources: the lack of
a suitable, validated computer simulation model to demonstrate the cost/benefit
of various scenarios which would include a comparison with other energy scenarios,
for example, those of the World Energy Council. So in August of 1992, a Computer
Simulation Model was conceived to be this management tool. It would factor in
quality of life indicators including infant mortality, life expectancy, literacy
and safe drinking water, as well as criteria for meeting the environmental standards
set forth by the Earth Summit Agenda 21 and signed by nations around the world.
to Contain Global Population? Expand Energy Resources
Vol VIII, No 5 - World Citizen News
Delegates attending the recent U.N.-sponsored
population conference in Cairo spent all their time discussing family planning,
abortion and the empowerment of women. These are all critical issues, but their
attendant action programs are almost impossible to implement for the two billion
people in the world who have no electricity or potable water.
Renewable Energy Resources made Possible by International Electrical Interconnections
- A Priority for All Continents (revised)
1994 - co-authors T.J.
Hammons, J.A.Falcon - Power Generation Technology
Over the past few decades,
international electrical interconnections have become increasing widespread as
technology has improved and the benefits of integrated systems are realized. System
interconnection facilitate reduced requirements for spinning reserve, improved
efficiency, load leveling between time zones and seasonal variations, less fossil
fuel emissions and the harnessing of remote renewable energy sources.
Renewable Energy Resources made Possible by International Electrical Interconnections
- A Priority for All Continents (draft)
Economic, Environmental and Developmental Benefits of High-Voltage Interconnections
Between South and North America via Central America and the Caribbean
Jun 15 - 18, 1993 - co-authors Michael Hesse Wolfe and Peter Donalek - ENERLAC
This paper addresses the potential for expanding current efforts to
complete power system interconnections in Central America towards an Inter-American
Transmission System (IATS), that would interconnect northern South America with
North America via Central America and the Caribbean.
Interconnections May Be An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Dec 1992 - Transmission
& Distribution International
E xpanding power grids has proven to be
both economically and environmentally desirable since the time-zone and seasonal
diversity that exists between adjacent power systems can postpone or eliminate
the necessity of building redundant generation. Approximately 80% of all generation
presently is based on non-renewable fuels, which create greenhouse gases, acid
rain and toxic waste. With sites around the world that boast of energy sources
like hydro, tidal solar, wind and geothermal, it is reasonable to project the
benefits for the future if these sites were connected into existing grids.
- GENI Initiative
1992, Vol 4 - Development, the Journal of
the Society for International Development
- Oil, Iraq, war - a
new paradigm needed now
Oct 1990, Vol 5, No10 - Florida Business
light seen round the world
Aug 4, 1990 - The Globe and Mail
Buckminster Fuller's idea of a global energy system is back in favor.
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