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Is it hot enough yet?

Dear GENI Friend,

2005 was officially the hottest year in recorded history, and global temperatures are the warmest in this millennium. The ice caps and glaciers are melting even faster than expected and hurricanes have increased in strength and frequency. The evidence is in. Human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, is altering atmospheric chemistry. (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)(abstract)(full text)

The GENI Initiative focuses on a global strategy — the interconnection of power grids between nations, tapping abundant local and remote renewable energy resources. We educate, promote, cajole, enroll and provoke utilities, policy-makers, energy ministers and financiers to embrace this solution for implementation within and between all nations.

What can you do every day at your home and business? Here's a top 10:

  • Replace your lights with compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Turn off lights and computer monitors when you leave a room
  • Buy your electricity from a green energy provider
  • Install solar lighting and water heating on your rooftop
  • When you need new appliances, buy the "energy star" models
  • Buy a hybrid (gas & electric) automobile the next time you are in the market
  • If your car allows, use E-10 or E-85 ethanol flex-fuel (made from corn)
  • Or even better, park the car and walk or bike on those short trips
  • Invest your money into a green energy fund
  • Write and ask your public officials to support incentives for renewable development

Dealing with climate change takes everyone doing everything we can. We must also convince India, China and the rest of the developing world to leapfrog the fossil fuel path, and move directly into a clean and efficient energy model.

Our children and grandchildren will live in a different world because of climate change. This has occurred under our watch. GENI will continue to push the solution of "linking renewables around the world." We ask that you and your colleagues do your part as if the future depends on it. Because it does.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. Please consider renewing your GENI pledge. It will make a real difference in our work.

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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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