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19 May 2000

7 Days in May that Changed the World

Dear GENI Friend,

This past week, GENI was at the center of the global energy debate — right in San Diego — and we had many personal discussions with policy-makers from around the world. San Diego hosted the 21 Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) energy ministers plus the Latin American energy community. The Associated Press, UPI, Reuters, Dow-Jones all had reporters covering these international meetings. GENI was mentioned in one Associated Press feature.

We had two personal conversations with US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. At one meeting, I asked if he could assist with the North/South Korean interconnection that you read here last month. At that same presentation, the Secretary made one of the most passionate and clear statements ever towards developing nations:

If there's one message we can send to future generations in the developing world it's —Don't pollute the way we did in the industrialized world.

While oil prices hit $30 per barrel, galvanizing everyone on the short term price of a gallon of gasoline — Secretary Richardson strongly advocates for renewable energy development. He promotes the investment in wind, geothermal, biomass and solar. He prods the car companies to deliver the new electric and hybrid vehicles at a price the public can afford. The United States Energy Secreatry is pushing The GENI Initiative!

In both events, we were offered prime exhibit locations. This movable office allows us to bring the best visual and printed materials on site, and have meaningful conversations on our turf. And our banner GENI - A Compelling Global Strategy - www.geni.org was seen by every delegate a dozen times as they walked through the hotel.

You and I are caretakers of a critical cause. In the next three weeks, GENI is being represented at theNGO Millennium Forum at the United Nations and the Rotary International convention in Buenos Aires. It's the opportunity to build on the momentum of these energy ministerials and expand/enroll business people and activists from around the world. Thank you for your commitment to help drive this accelerating awareness.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


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