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LA Adopts Global Energy Independence Day

The county of Los Angeles California has established the first Global Energy Independence Day, to be held annually on the birth date of Nikola Tesla, July 10th.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA -- A motion to adopt Global Energy Independence Day, to be held annually on July 10, the birth date of Nikola Tesla, was unanimously approved by the 5-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting held on July 5, 2005.

The Board of Supervisors has now proclaimed July 10, 2005 as “Global Energy Independence Day” throughout the County of Los Angeles.  In so doing they have made history, becoming the first government body anywhere in the world to promote free energy by remembering one of its prime founders.

The purpose of Global Energy Independence Day is to promote alternatives to combustion energy, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, as well as new technologies under development such as cold fusion, zero point energy, and Tesla’s own radiant energy.

The motion was made by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, and gave reference to the accomplishments of Nikola Tesla.  "With more than 270 patents awarded to him over the course of his lifetime, Tesla shaped the twentieth century with his invention of the radio, radar, x-ray, AC power, and the induction motor. His legacy is now shaping the twenty-first century with the implementation of his methods of tapping and distributing free energy."

The term "energy independence" has multiple implications.  "Free energy" refers to energy that is free for the taking, such as solar or wind energy, though the devices that tap that energy are not free.  The pursuit of clean, renewable, affordable, reliable energy technologies can relieve us of our dependence on fossil fuels and the problems that source of energy has created, including wars and global warming, threatening the survival of our planet.  Also, devices that tap into free energy can usually be implemented on site, relieving us of our dependence on the power grid and its vulnerabilities.

Leslie Cooper, Assistant to Asst. to the Communications Deputy in the office of Supervisor Antonovich, said that the objective of the commemoration would be "to draw attention to the need to pursue alternative energy technologies as well as to bring attention to the work of Nikola Tesla."

To preserve accurate historical information, Tesla’s only surviving relative, Dr. William Terbo, PhD, founded and maintains the Tesla Memorial Society which supports archives of his work. (ref) The great Serbian-American inventor born in Croatia, Tesla actually has upwards of 700 patents to his name, and is arguably one of the most prolific and influential inventors of all time. Robert Lomas dubbed him "the man who invented the 20th century". (ref) Many others look at him as the "father of free energy", alluding to a more specific definition that does not include more conventional electricity-generation modalities such as solar and wind.

The Global Energy Independence Day has been the brainchild of Dr. Edson Andrι Johnson, a resident of Los Angeles county. He has been pursuing this dream for more than a year, and has received favorable reception from the various government agencies that he has approached, including Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii. Los Angeles County is now the first to make their concurrence official.

Johnson envisions a time when Global Energy Independence Day will have the same stature as Earth Day.

Los Angeles county will be presenting Johnson with a plaque of recognition on July 12.

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  • Email correspondence with Dr. Edson Andre' Johnson, Global Energy Independence Day founder
  • Phone communication with Leslie Cooper, Assistant to Asst. to the Communications Deputy, Office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
  • Motion by supervisor Michel D. Antonovich, July 5, 2005 (doc)
  • - This academic organization is dedicated to preserving records of and historically accurate information about Nicola Tesla. It does not engage in evaluating new research or patents inspired by Tesla’s original work.



Dr. Edson Andrι Johnson D.D. <email >
Global Energy Independence Day Project
10799 Sherman Grove Ave. #18
Sunland, CA 91040
Phone: 818-383-4857 (after 7 pm Pacific)

Los Angeles County
Leslie Cooper <email >
Asst. to the Communications Deputy
Office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
(213) 974-5555

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Page created by Sterling D. Allan July 7, 2005
Last updated December 24, 2014





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