Download Audiobook The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke in English

The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future


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The grid is an accident of historical past and of tradition, under no circumstances intrinsic to how we produce, ship and eat electrical energy. But that is the system america ended up with, a jerry-built construction now so rickety and close to collapse {that a} robust wind or a scorching day can deliver it to a grinding halt. The grid is now below menace from a brand new supply: renewable and variable power, which places stress on its logics as a lot as its parts. In an entertaining, perceptive and deeply researched vogue, cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke makes use of the historical past of an more and more outdated infrastructure to point out how america has gone from seemingly infinite technological prowess to a land of structural instability. She brings humor and a brilliant eye to up to date options and to the usually shocking methods wherein these succeed or fail. And the results of failure are vital. Our nationwide electrical grid grew throughout an period when monopoly, centralisation and standardisation meant energy. But as we have more and more develop into a nation that caters to native wants, and as a plethora of latest renewable power sources comes on-line, our huge system is dangerously out of step. Charting the historical past of our electrical grid, Bakke helps us see what all of us take with no consideration, exhibits it as central to our tradition and id as a individuals and divulges it to be the linchpin in our aspirations for a clean-energy future.