Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology (Hardback)
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Short Description for Powering the Dream From award-winning technology writer Alexis Madrigal, the first book to explore both the forgotten history and the visionary future of Americas green-tech innovation
- Published: 21 April 2011
- Format: Hardback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780306818851 ISBN 10: 030681885X
- Sales rank: 375,203
Full description for Powering the Dream
Few today realize that electric cabs dominated Manhattans 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: Weve 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.