Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology
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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Review: Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green TechnologyUser Review - Filipe Dias - Goodreads
Browsing through centuries worth of the process of generating work from renewable and non-renewable resources, gives a wider point of view on this essential requirement of civilization. The purpose is ... Read full review
Review: Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green TechnologyUser Review - Craig - Goodreads
Read to help prepare myself and students for 2014-15 Academic Decathlon program. Has some good information, but not as solid as the first couple of books I read on the subject. Read full review
I The Dream of a More Perfect Power
II What Was
III What Might Have Been
IV Lessons from the Great Energy Rethink
V Innovation and the Future
21 Googles RE C Challenge
22 The First Megawatt and Failing Smart
23 What Green Tech Can Learn from Nuclear Powers Rise and Fall