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The GENI-us Letter

Western U.S. Governors want renewables
yet the
World Energy Council and EIA say renewables won't play a major role

Dear GENI Friend,

State Governors Schwarzenegger (California) and Richardson (New Mexico) hosted their colleagues at the recent U.S. Western Governors Association, and pledged to create new policies for clean energy development. They stated that "clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are poised for broad success in the American West." They project an additional 30,000MW of clean energy by 2015, and pledge to increase end-use efficiency by 20% by 2020.

You may recall that several years ago, GENI worked closely with (then) US Secretary of Energy Richardson as he hosted three summits with fellow energy ministers from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The final communique after each summit called for increasing cooperation in energy trade (i.e. the interconnection of electric grids) and accelerating renewable energy resources on each continent.

However, two global associations report the current reality of our planet: the World Energy Council and the US Energy Information Agency. Both report that for the foreseeable future, the world will be dominated by oil for transportation, and coal for power production – causing CO2 concentrations to increase above their already historic high levels.

"If we don't change the direction we are going,
we're likely to end up where we are headed"

I hope you'll appreciate the dichotomy of these two perspectives. On the "clean" energy side are people who are pushing renewables as fast as they can. From the "world as it is" group comes solid statistics of our fossil-driven economy and the inertia of this industry towards change. Your support of the GENI Initiative brings these two worlds closer together for the benefit of all.

Please vote with your dollars by contributing to the sustainability of our planet.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


P.S. The 2004 Matching Grant Program from our GENI Board is continuing, so all new contributions will be doubled! Call or e-mail for details.

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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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