Fifty years ago, I thought, there were still bombed-out ruins in the cities of Europe. The Soviet Union was planning Sputnik. Texas oil was $2.82 a barrel. At the most, we have 50 years to make the world over again. But people change, adapt, and make crazy new stuff work. I thought about Dan Shugar [president of PowerLight Corporation, a California-based solar power company] talking about disruptive technologies. "There's a sense of excitement," he had said. "There's a sense of urgency. There's a sense that we cannot fail."Is this a "techno-utopian" fantasy, or can we remake not only the ways we power our lifestyles, but the frames we employ when we think about energy?
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