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The GENI Initiative and Nuclear Energy

Dear GENI Friend,

Nuclear energy advocates are active again. They are promoting the technology as a solution to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as powering the growing economies of India and China. President Bush is pushing for additional nuclear power while pressing Iran to dismantle their program.

GENI disagrees with this new resurgence. While we leave the protests to groups like Greenpeace, we think it's important to clarify some of the arguments. First, there are 440 nuclear power plants in the world today. It provides approximately 17% of global electrical energy. The cost of nuclear power is about $0.04 per Kwh, yet the decommissioning costs are not factored into that price.

Most nuclear waste in the U.S. sits in temporary containment at the plant site. No nation has resolved this issue. Nuclear waste is the most toxic man-made substance, and remains so for many thousands of years! Several nuclear powered submarines have sunk in the sea, are rusting slowly and considered too risky to recover. While nuclear power does not necessarily lead to weapons production, the source material for these weapons comes from the enriched uranium of a nuclear power plant.

Buckminster Fuller said that the safe distance for humans to be near nuclear energy is 90 million miles — the distance from the Earth to the Sun. In proposing the integrated global energy grid, Bucky stated,

"I have summarized my discovery of the option to become omnieconomically and sustainably successful on our planet while phasing out forever all use of fossil fuels and atomic generation other than the Sun,"

— (Cosmography, 1993, Fuller and Kuromiya)

GENI is not powerful or rich enough to stand up to the nuclear lobby. But we can offer a credible alternative that meets our global energy needs and reduces carbon dioxide and toxic waste. We advocate high-voltage grids that link across time-zones and political boundaries. These grids can deliver electricity generated from abundant renewable energy just as well. That's our stand.

In partnership for the 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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