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Try a Hybrid — Save Money and the Environment

Dear GENI Friend,

We are all polluters of our environment — some more than others. One of the major culprits is the automobile that we drive. Other than a few biofuel additives, almost everyone puts gasoline in their tank — burning the stuff as if it would last forever. Yet it's a fossil fuel, and we're making no more.

I had the opportunity to present the GENI Initiative to several lifelong designers at the Society of Automotive Engineers (www.sae.org) this month. In the last 50 years, these engineers have made our cars faster, safer, more efficient — and now they are exploring new propulsion systems for the future. Hybrids (gas and electric motor), fuel cells, advanced batteries and hydrogen combustion are a few of the promising designs. I have personally owned the Toyota Prius hybrid for two years and am very satisfied with the performance and cost savings.

Gasoline use in cars is the largest single source of CO2 emissions. The world consumes 75 million barrels of oil every day, of which 2/3 goes to fuel our cars, trucks, trains and planes. Geologists vary on the number, but most project petroleum production to peak in the next 10 - 50 years and then decline. This is unsustainable, and new technologies are required if we are to end this addiction to petroleum.

Please test drive one of the new hybrid cars when you are again in the market. Some states even offer rebates if you purchase one. Every major auto company is coming out with their own hybrid car — and some have hybrid SUV models planned for next year. The car is a family's second largest purchase and largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Consider buying a hybrid for your next car, and people in your neighborhood will stop and ask you about it as well.

Note: A good web search term for these cars is "alternative fuel vehicles", or see www.fueleconomy.gov Or view the Alternative Fuels Data Center Frequently Asked Questons page.

Please vote with your dollars by investing in the sustainability of our planet.

Peter Meisen


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The Global Energy Network Institute focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.

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