Powering the dream: the history and promise of green technology

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Da Capo Press,
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[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.

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display_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. 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"--Provided by publisher. "This book looks at the history of alternative energy (solar, wind)"--Provided by publisher.
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subject_facet Renewable energy sources -- Forecasting, Renewable energy sources -- Research -- United States -- History, SCIENCE / General, Sustainable engineering -- Forecasting, Sustainable engineering -- United States -- History, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / General, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / History, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Inventions, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
title_display Powering the dream : the history and promise of green technology
title_full Powering the dream : the history and promise of green technology / Alexis Madrigal
title_short Powering the dream :
title_sub the history and promise of green technology
topic_facet Forecasting, History, Renewable energy sources, Research, SCIENCE / General, Sustainable engineering, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / General, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / History, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Inventions, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable