Powering the Dream

Powering the Dream

The History and Promise of Green Technology

Book - 2011
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Few today realize that electric cabs dominated Manhattan's streets in the 1890s; that Boise, Idaho, had a geothermal heating system in 1910; or that the first megawatt turbine in the world was built in 1941 by the son of publishing magnate G. P. Putnam--a feat that would not be duplicated for another forty years. Likewise, while many remember the oil embargo of the 1970s, few are aware that it led to a corresponding explosion in green-technology research that was only derailed when energy prices later dropped.In other words: We've been here before. Although we may have failed, America has had the chance to put our world on a more sustainable path. Americans have, in fact, been inventing green for more than a century.Half compendium of lost opportunities, half hopeful look toward the future, Powering the Dream tells the stories of the brilliant, often irascible inventors who foresaw our current problems, tried to invent cheap and energy renewable solutions, and drew the blueprint for a green future.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780306818851
Branch Call Number: 338.927 MAD 2011 22
Characteristics: xiv, 365 p. : ill


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Mar 08, 2012

The author was interviewed on CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks program on April 23, 2011. To hear the interview go to: http://www.cbc.ca/quirks and follow the links to past programs. The book chronicles the major role of renewable energy in the past.

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