Powering the Dream The History and Promise of Green Technology

ISBN-10: 0306820994
ISBN-13: 9780306820991
Edition: N/A
Authors: Alexis Madrigal
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Description: 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.  More...

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List price: $20.50
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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 Dreamtells 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.

Nina Lykke is Professor of Gender Studies at Linköping University.Alexis Madrigalis senior editor and lead technology writer for TheAtlantic.com and an award-winning former staff writer for Wired.com. He is a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a regular guest on NPR. He lives in Washington, D.C

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Dream of a More Perfect Power
Profit, Salvation
The First Green-Technology Futurist
The Utopia Commercial
Prescribing for the Globe Itself
What Was
Steam-Powered America
The Wind and the West
The Parable of Petrolia
Wave Motors and Airplanes
Compressed Air and Electricity
What Might Have Been
The National Electric Transportation System That Almost Was
Solar Hot Water, Day and Night
The Solar Home of the 1950s
The Solar Energy Research Institute
The Meaning of Luz
How to Burn a Biological Library
Lessons from the Great Energy Rethink
What Happens When an Energy System Breaks
Thermodynamics
Transcendentalism
Tools
Technology
Innovation and the Future
Google's RE < C Challenge
The First Megawatt and Failing Smart
What Green Tech Can Learn from Nuclear Power's Rise and Fall
The 5-Cent Turbine and the Siren Call of the Breakthrough
Energy Storage and the Return of Compressed Air
"Throw Software at the Problem"
Rehumanizing Environmentalism
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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