Powering the Dream

Powering the Dream

Author: Alexis Madrigal

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780306819773

Category: Science

Page: 400

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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.
Powering the Dream
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Alexis Madrigal
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-03-29 - Publisher: Hachette UK

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
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Pages: 238
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Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-01-09 - Publisher: Routledge

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Pages: 695
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Language: en
Pages: 640
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Categories: Science
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Language: en
Pages: 280
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Categories: Law
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-01 - Publisher: Routledge

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