Gretchen Bakke



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“America does not run on gas, oil, or coal any more than we may one day run on wind, solar, or tidal power. America runs on electricity.”
Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

“As we know from chapter 2, electricity does not move by human logic—it does not, for example, take the shortest path between two points. Nor does it move by water’s logic, though there are certain similarities—it does not, for example, “flow downhill” or “puddle” on even terrain. Nicely, too, it won’t drip out of an “open” outlet.”
Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

“We kept saying a turbine lasts twenty years. That was our vision.” Cashman laughs. “But none of our turbines lasted twenty years. As a matter of fact, Alcoa Aluminum had a huge Darrieus Rotor that they had made, just straight aluminum. They thought they were going to be the wind energy guys, you know, really big. It fell down the day before we had the annual American Wind Energy Association Conference at their headquarters. It was going to be the big symbol, and it fell down—it got resonant vibrations.”
Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future



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