The Mind's Eye show

category: News & Politics

America's Failing Energy Grid / Dr. Gretchen Bakke

9/15/2016


America's electrical grid, an engineering triumph of the twentieth century, is turning out to be a poor fit for the present. It's not just that the grid has grown old and is now in dire need of basic repair. Today, as we invest great hope in new energy sources--solar, wind, and other alternatives--the grid is what stands most firmly in the way of a brighter energy future. Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke unveils the many facets of America's energy infrastructure, its most dynamic moments and its most stable ones, and its essential role in personal and national life. The Grid tells its fascinating history, problematic present, and potential role in a brighter, cleaner future.

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