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The GENI-us Letter
The renewable energy transition achieving firstworld growth
and the Millennium Development Goals
Dear GENI Friend,
Nothing focuses the mind better than high gasoline prices and damaging
hurricanes. As energy demand grows globally, the coming winter is projected
to hit everyone= s wallet.
In the near term, there is going to be some pain. But the longer term
is showing signs of hope.
Here is an article from EnergyBiz Insider A
Clean Energy gets Green Light.@
Ken Silverstein offers an excellent summary of the renewable energy story
over the past couple decades. While solar, wind, geothermal and biomass
comprise a nominal 2% of market supply B
these same resources are now expanding at double-digit rates, with costs
that are nearly competitive with traditional fossil fuels. There are two
prime drivers of this trend:
- state renewable portfolio
commitments to purchase green energy.
Sustainable development at the other extreme involves energy services
for 1.6 billion unserved people around the world. Small villagers need
the basics: running water, lighting and refrigeration of food and medicines.
Small scale renewables can now enable these necessities and leapfrog the
fossil fuel trap. The Worldwatch Institute prepared an outstanding report
"Energy for Development: The Potential Role of Renewable Energy in Meeting
the Millennium Development Goals". Enclosed are two excellent tables from
the on-line report found at: www.ren21.net
Linking renewables is already mainstream in many nations: Canada,
New Zealand, Norway, Brazil. The United States has the renewable resource
and technical know-how to become a leader to the world to the rest of
the world. There is still a mountain to climb if we expect to mitigate
the effects of climate change. Acceleration is what=
s needed. GENI pledges to push this strategy to the leadership of every
nation. Thank you for your on-going support of GENI, and I invite you
to pledge your support once again.
In partnership for the planet,
The Matching Grant Program from our GENI Board is continuing, so all new
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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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