The door to novelty is always slightly ajar: many
pass it by with barely a glance, some peek inside
but choose not to enter, others dash in and dash
out again; while a few, drawn by curiosity, bore-
dom, rebellion, or circumstance, venture in so
deep or wander around in there so long that they
can never find their way back out.—Tom Rob-
bins, Villa Incognito
We’ve considered several alternative-energy novelties, a few imposters, and a rogue zombie, so it might seem there is little left to discuss. But there’s more to be sure—perhaps too much to cover fully in one book. So I will take a few pages here to briefly review a selection of remaining topics before moving on. These remainders are either not being publicly held up as solutions, offer only restricted geographic potential, or fall outside the core scope of this book. Still, I have chosen to briefly touch on a few that can each lend something distinctive to the greater picture. Let’s begin with an energy-production technology that has been largely forgotten.
As recently as 1950, hydropower fulfilled about a third of electrical demand in the United States, but growing energy consumption has eroded most of hydro’s value. Even though hydropower output has expanded since the fifties, it
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Publication information: Book title: Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism. Contributors: Ozzie Zehner - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 2012. Page number: 133.
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