Live Chat: Green Energy's Forgotten Past, Uncertain Future

Eli is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EST for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
Today's Topic

How new is renewable energy? And will there be a green power revolution? In his new book, Powering the Dream, Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic charts the booms and busts of previous green energy efforts like electric cars in the 1890s and solar water heaters in the 1910s. And in her upcoming book, Before the Lights Go Out, Maggie Koerth-Baker of Boing Boing lays out the three big obstacles to green power. These include the ancient electrical grid and the disturbing phenomenon that more efficient power often gets wasted.

Join both authors on this page for a live chat at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 14 July, to explore the forgotten history of American renewable energy and the barriers that will have to fall for the industry to flourish. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.

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Alexis Madrigal


Maggie Koerth-Baker



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